Long before landing his career-defining film role as James Bond, the late Sir Sean Connery did a variety of jobs in his hometown of Edinburgh.
Many will know he was once a milkman for St Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society in Fountainbridge, but the future 007 turned his hand to around a dozen other jobs before pursuing a full-time acting career.
1. Stage actor
Having settled on acting, Sean Connery appeared in The Seashell at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh in 1959. Within three years he was famous around the world as James Bond. Photo: Unknown
Connery had a stint as a tradesman before pursuing his acting dream and learned how to be a brick layer. Photo: Unknown
A young Connery was employed in the 1950s as a lifeguard at Portobello's open-air pool and became very popular with the local ladies on account of his good looks and ripped physique. Photo: Unknown
4. Life model
This painting by Alastair Fairweather shows Sean Connery as a life model. Sean earned some extra cash at Edinburgh's art college and was painted by a young Richard Demarco among other notable names. Photo: julie bull