How Darrell Hammond’s Sean Connery Became Unlikely ‘SNL’ Success


Darrell Hammond presented a version of the James Bond star – who died on Oct. 31 aged 90 – as someone who hated Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and indulged in foul-mouthed rants. And he revealed to the publication that his character was a last-minute suggestion.

Hammond believed he knew why the impersonation was so successful. “Connery had that thing that [Bill] Clinton had; people just couldn’t get enough of him,” he said. “There are just very few humans like that that you’ll ever play as an actor. … [W]e ended up doing Clinton in all different kinds of comedy, from slapstick to drawing room. Connery had the same charisma. People were fascinated by Bond, James Bond. Still are.” He summarized: “[W]hen you’re doing Sean Connery, people are already interested.”

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