Harrison Ford honored Sean Connery, who played his father in the 1989 hit Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with a personal memento of the legendary actor.
“He was my father… not in life … but in Indy 3,” Ford said in a statement he announced on Monday. “You don’t know joy until someone pays to take Sean Connery in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle that bounces along a bumpy, winding mountain path and watches him squirm. God, we had fun – if he’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace, dear friend”.
In the film, the third installment of one of the most popular film franchises of the 1980s, father and son have an often quarrelsome exchange of blows, with the older man often deliberately embarrassing Indiana. For the fans, the chemistry of Ford and Connery on screen was one of the most memorable highlights of Last Crusade – if not the most rewarding element.
Like the previous Indiana Jones movies, the third part was shot under the direction of Steven Spielberg. It was said that Connery was the director’s only choice, Indiana’s father, Henry Jones, Sr.
The creator of the Indiana Jones franchise film, George Lucas, also made a sincere statement about the icon. It reads: “Sir Sean Connery has left an indelible mark on film history through his talent and energy. His audience spanned generations, each with their favorite roles he played. As Indy’s father, he will always hold a special place in my heart. With a hint of intelligent authority and a sophisticated sense of comedic nonsense, only someone like Sean Connery could instantly turn Indiana Jones into boyish regret or relief with a stern fatherly rebuke or a joyful hug. I am grateful that I was fortunate enough to have known him and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family”.
Of course, Connery will always be remembered because he was the first James Bond on screen, and he was rightly honored by some who followed him in that role. Daniel Craig, the youngest Bond, said: “He will continue to influence actors and filmmakers in the years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course”. Craig’s immediate predecessor, Pierce Brosnan, issued a statement saying: “You cast a long shadow of cinematic brilliance that will live on forever.
In addition to the role of James Bond and Indiana Jones’ father, Connery will be known for many other memorable roles, including Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez in the cult classic The Highlander (1986) and Jimmy Malone, the tough Irish-American cop in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987). For the last part he won the Oscar for best supporting actor.
Connery died peacefully at the age of 90 on November 1 in the Bahamas after a long illness.