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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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Ronald Stark and Son - Haddington

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...
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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.