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The Stark and Sir Sean Connery Connection: Shining Coffins in Scotland

“Mr. Connery also revealed that during his time as a coffin-polisher, he had regularly bleached mahogany coffins to make them look like oak.”

Sean Connery Confesses: "I bleached coffins"

One of the Stark family’s interesting connections is to the ultimate James Bond himself, Sir Sean Connery. It dates back to Haddington, Scotland through my father’s side, where my grandfather Ronald Stark and his Uncle ran a variety of businesses including wagon manufacturing, a joinery and a funeral service.

I dug up some old photos thanks to my Dad for fun and posted below. My favorite quote from Sean Connery:

“[Mr. Stark] had an uncanny ability to visually size-up clients for their coffins.”

And then some savvy “marketing” exposed:

“Mr. Connery also revealed that during his time as a coffin-polisher, he had regularly bleached mahogany coffins to make them look like oak.”

Even James Bond had to work his way up the ladder. First, it was a License to Shine.

While we’re on the topic, and with the new Bond movie arriving later this year, I thought I’d provide my take on the best Bond movies, and a ranking of the actors who played 007.

Top 10 James Bond Movies Of All-Time:
1. Goldfinger (1964)
2. From Russia With Love (1963)
3. You Only Live Twice (1967)
4. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
5. Casino Royale (2006)
6. Dr. No (1962)
7. Thunderball (1965)
8. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
9. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
10. GoldenEye (1995)

Ranking The Actors Who Played 007:
1. Sean Connery
2. Daniel Craig (so far, so good)
3. Roger Moore
4. Pierce Brosnan
5. Timothy Dalton
6. George Lazenby

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  • gavelect

    This is amazing, sir connery is a great guy and Scotland is a wonderful country, any time I have stayed in a Scotland Hotel the people have been so friendly.

  • gavelect

    This is amazing, sir connery is a great guy and Scotland is a wonderful country, any time I have stayed in a Scotland Hotel the people have been so friendly.

  • gavelect

    This is amazing, sir connery is a great guy and Scotland is a wonderful country, any time I have stayed in a Scotland Hotel the people have been so friendly.