Sean Connery Wore a Hairpiece in Every Original James Bond Movie

By | March 1, 2018

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A member of the crew combs Scottish actor Sean Connery's hair on the set of the James Bond film 'Diamonds Are Forever', USA, May 1971. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Would you believe James Bond's secret weapon was... a toupee?

Sean Connery had Scottish charm back in the '60s. He had a dashing manliness. He had muscles (before he started his acting career, he was a bodybuilder). But he didn't have a lot of hair.

Did you know that Sean Connery wore a wig as James Bond? It’s not something that is clearly visible in each film, which is kind of the point. It blended in seamlessly with his natural hair. So why then did Sean Connery have to wear a wig as James Bond? To put it simply, he was as bald as a badger.

Most of us probably know someone, or at least have seen someone, with a horrible rug! It is usually obvious to everyone but the wearer that it looks really bad! James Bond was such a suave and well-groomed ladies’ man that the ladies might not have noticed -- or might not have cared.

Why Did Sean Connery Wear A Hairpiece?

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Sean Connery in 'Dr. No' (1962). Source: IMDB

Sean Connery started going bald at a very young age, and it became his biggest concern. Unfortunately, his baldness was genetic and there was no escaping it. Connery suffered an early onset of baldness; much younger than most. Fortunately, he didn’t let it hold him back from pursuing his acting career. Sean Connery’s attitude was, “have hairpiece, will act!”

Many people would agree that in the history of the popular culture there is no other fictional character which is more recognizable and successful than James Bond. He was a charismatic, British character of mysterious, mystique intrigue with a sexy, suave personality. He was a lady killer, but the men loved him too! Men wanted to be him, and women wanted to be with him.

James Bond was rarely seen without a lovely lady by his side. He was not a one-woman man but a man of many women. He was a sophisticated British, intelligence agent that has been around since 1953 when author, Ian Fleming, published his first novel, Casino Royale.