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Monday, November 02, 2020

The Death of Sean Connery: Andy Martin was his first fan


Former New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin was actor Sean Connery’s “first fan.” Andy remembers Connery on his death.


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ANDY MARTIN /2020         

[Former] Republican for U. S. Senator

New Hampshire



P.O. Box 742

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For immediate release:


October 31, 2020


Dear Granite Stater:


Since losing the primary in September I have been on vacation.


I decided to let the winners speak for themselves; I’ll be heard after November 3rd.


Later this weekend I will issue my strong endorsement of President Trump. Otherwise, I am on vacation with a capital “V.”


In the meantime, I’m back to writing and thinking. And while you may not be interested in my political views before the election, you might enjoy and be amused by the fact that I was movie star Sean Connery’s first fan. Sean died this weekend.


I learned a great lesson from Connery and it resonates with me even to this day.


My mother was born in Manchester, graduated from Central High School and also graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She was one of the first women from an immigrant family to receive a graduate degree from an Ivy League University, at Cornell. She was later offered a job at the CIA but decided instead to pursue a Ph.D. degree, and renewed her studies at Oxford University.


At the age of 13, I accompanied her to Oxford University.


Living at Oxford as an appendage to my graduate student mother was the most profound intellectual experience that you can imagine. Oxford changed my life, making it possible for me to mature in so many dimensions. Mornings I was a grammar school (high school) student. Afternoons I morphed into an Oxford undergraduate. Because I was tall, university students often assumed I was one of them. Oxford had unusual treats: mornings seeing the poet W. H. Auden at the Kadena Café; Friday afternoon teas at the Kemp Café, a student favourite.


My mother’s degree at Cornell was in speech and theater so, in addition to the focus of her academic research, we naturally went to many of the local Oxford productions.


The Oxford Playhouse is a small theater on Beaumont Street, and still there. Back then, a young Greek director, Milos Volonakis, was directing the Bacchae, a play by Euripides. (My mother was Greek-American so she was particularly interested.) We became part of the troupe while the play was in rehearsals and afterwards.


Who was the lead actor? Sean Connery.


Connery enjoyed having me around the production as his 13-year-old acolyte. I was his “first fan.”


What did I learn from Sean? That there is always a second act, another day, in life. When he acting at the Oxford Playhouse he was thought to be washed up, a bit player, a failed star, a nobody forced to do legitimate theater in small venues to survive. His acting career was moribund.


Connery had earlier made his way to Hollywood. He was good looking and had the potential to be a leading man. But he washed out. He left Hollywood and returned to Britain where he was taking lead roles in small productions. Life had dealt Connery a hard blow: early success with a shot at Hollywood, followed by a crash and burn and back to obscurity.


The Bacchae was a successful production, but it’s short run ended and Volonakis and Connery left Oxford. Volonakis never became a famous director, although he was well regarded in Britain.


Connery? I had met him at the “nadir” of his professional career.


Two years later he was cast as James Bond.


You know the rest of the story.


I followed Connery’s films but we never again crossed paths. But the lesson of his life still resonates: You never know what lies around the next corner. That moral applies to all of us. There is always a second act, a new day, a new opportunity.


I hope you enjoyed my reminiscences about Sean Connery, from his first fan.


See you after November 3rd.








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Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With over fifty (50) years of background in radio and television and with decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: See also;


Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute.


He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).


He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask” [] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” []. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at and


Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.




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