May 23, 2024

The film star got here to Vancouver typically within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, however not often to make a film

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It was fairly well-known that Sean Connery, who died Saturday at his dwelling within the Bahamas on the age of 90, liked to play golf.

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What was maybe much less well-known to most of the people was that the person who made James Bond a family identify on display screen and was one of many greatest film stars on the planet liked to play golf in Vancouver.

Those that have performed at Capilano Golf Membership in West Vancouver seemingly know that he was a fan of the place.

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“There’s no finer place to be on a Monday morning than the primary tee at Capilano,” the membership cites Connery as having as soon as stated.

He was additionally keen on taking part in at Furry Creek, Level Gray and Shaughnessy, others have claimed.

Credit score, in a roundabout means, a film legend from one other period.

“It’s a protracted story, it’s a neat story,” Dr. Ted Hunt, former Vancouver instructor, athlete and college board trustee, stated Saturday over the cellphone from his dwelling in Kerrisdale.

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When Hunt was younger, he defined, he had caddied for Bing Crosby. Crosby, who was born in Tacoma and grew up in Spokane, Wash., was a daily customer to Vancouver and would typically play golf when he got here to city.

Years later, properly into maturity, Hunt discovered himself on the Bing Crosby Nationwide Professional-Am event in Pebble Seaside, Calif. He had secured a photographer’s credential by The Province and at some point whereas taking within the motion — the event drew a few of the greatest skilled golfers in addition to a slew of A-list celebrities and enterprise magnates — discovered himself speaking to Crosby’s widow, Kathryn.

“ ‘I perceive you had caddied for my husband,’ she requested me,” he recalled. “We obtained speaking for some time and she or he stated, ‘try to be taking part in on this.’ And I replied, ‘you’ve obtained to be no less than a vice-president of U.S. Metal to play on this!’ ”

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“ ‘Not if if you already know the suitable folks,’ she stated.”

Retired Vancouver teacher Ted Hunt with golf buddy Sean Connery, waiting to hop on a float plane for Campbell River.
Retired Vancouver instructor Ted Hunt with golf buddy Sean Connery, ready to hop on a float aircraft for Campbell River. Photograph by Ted Hunt/Submitted /PNG

And so Hunt, who was inducted into the B.C. Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 1972 for his skills in soccer, rugby, snowboarding, lacrosse and boxing, performed within the famed Pebble Seaside occasion for the following three years.

At a event dinner within the early Nineteen Eighties, Kathryn Crosby launched him to Connery, who was additionally taking part in within the occasion.

Connery, she defined, had an issue and thought maybe Hunt may assist him.

“I’m allowed 21 days of labor in america, if it’s at some point over they get to plunder my worldwide earnings and I’m not going to let that occur,” Hunt recalled Connery declaring to him. “So I’ve in my contract that if there’s a stoppage in taking pictures, then I’m instantly taken to a limousine and the airport and I’m out of right here earlier than the tax folks come.

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“I can come to Canada. May you probably repair me up with a sport of golf?”

Connery, who lived within the Bahamas for many of the final 30 years of his life for tax functions, grew to become a daily customer to B.C. for the following 10 years.

“Ten fantastic years,” Hunt stated.

Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964), his third movie as British agent 007.
Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964), his third film as British agent 007.

The star would name up Hunt typically at work to let him know he was planning a go to. Some years he got here two or 3 times.

“One time I used to be at a college the place I used to be the vice-principal and I used to be sitting in my workplace and I heard my secretary reply the cellphone and instantly say, ‘Oh yeah, yeah proper.’ After which she hung up. He known as again two minutes later and calmly requested her to not cling up this time,” he stated with amusing.

There have been the well-known golf equipment talked about earlier, however Hunt stated they’d play throughout.

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Some visits had been only for a day or two. As soon as he stayed for per week.

“We performed 36 holes per day and he liked all of them. We had plenty of enjoyable on plenty of golf programs,” he stated. “We obtained on a float aircraft to fly as much as Campbell River to play on a brand new course he wished to play on.”

It was a particular friendship, he stated.

“It was very welcome. He was a golfer to the core. Whilst issues began to sluggish for him within the final 12 months, we had been nonetheless speaking about golf. He was nonetheless placing and chipping when he may. He’d name me up and say, ‘Hiya, Ted, how’s your sport,’ ” he stated, imitating Connery’s Scottish accent.

“He was one thing particular.”

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