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Sean Connery's final film, Sir Billi, gets an international release date

Aug. 20, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Sean Connery has retired from acting, this we all knew. The legendary actor ended his career with the 2003 disaster THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. After a legacy of movies that cemented him as one of the greatest movie stars of all time it was quite a disappointing final chapter to his career. However, Connery was not satisfied with ending it with a live action flop. Back in 2010, he provided his voice for the first animated film fully created in Scotland which has now gotten an official release date in the United Kingdom.

SIR BILLI, based on a short film from 2006 also voiced by Connery, tells quite the story:

An aging, skateboarding vet, Sir Billi goes above and beyond the call of duty fighting villainous policemen and powerful lairds in a battle to save an illegal fugitive - Bessie Boo the beaver! A heart warming and action packed family movie where thrilling car chases, heroic skydiving and daring stunts from this octogenarian, fueled with encounters with a hostile submarine, will keep you at the edge of your seat!

After being panned when it premiered at festivals in 2012, the movie will see a theatrical release overseas on September 13, 2013 and hit home video a few days later. No word on whether it will see the light of day in America. Hopefully it never will. The poorly animated film pales in comparison to the big budget products of Dreamworks or Pixar. It shares a lot visually with the HOODWINKED films, but even they were able to properly sync the actors voices to their animated avatars. In the trailer below you can see the finished film is just not good.

As a milestone for Scottish animators, I respect SIR BILLI. In every other regard, I am embarrassed for the man who was James Bond. Connery refused to take roles in THE LORD OF THE RINGS as Gandalf or THE MATRIX as Morpheus for lack of understanding the scripts. How the hell did SIR BILLI sound like a good idea?

Extra Tidbit: GOLDFINGER songstress Shirley Bassey provides the title song for SIR BILLI. What the hell...

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1:58AM on 08/23/2013
As an animator, I'm suddenly obsessed with seeing this just to find out how badly they failed at animating. From the looks of the trailer, this may well end up being a textbook "what not to do"
As an animator, I'm suddenly obsessed with seeing this just to find out how badly they failed at animating. From the looks of the trailer, this may well end up being a textbook "what not to do"
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3:30PM on 08/22/2013
"Can this octogenarian and his goat save the day?"
sweet jesus
"Can this octogenarian and his goat save the day?"
sweet jesus
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9:07AM on 08/22/2013
Im glad he passed on LOTR, Ian Mcellen was a fantastic Gandalf.
Im glad he passed on LOTR, Ian Mcellen was a fantastic Gandalf.
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3:58PM on 08/21/2013

This looks visually worse than a PS2 game...

I know this is 2010 material but wow, just wow. I do understand why SC did this though, this is his final way of saying FU to hollywood. It isn't about money, or success, its about pride in your work. I do think SC enjoyed filming LOEG, and when everyone turned on him for being in that he decided to quit. I mean come on the guy is James Bond, he molded modern action movies with one hand and made careers for future actors with the other.
I know this is 2010 material but wow, just wow. I do understand why SC did this though, this is his final way of saying FU to hollywood. It isn't about money, or success, its about pride in your work. I do think SC enjoyed filming LOEG, and when everyone turned on him for being in that he decided to quit. I mean come on the guy is James Bond, he molded modern action movies with one hand and made careers for future actors with the other.
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12:08PM on 08/21/2013
Because it was Scottish!
Because it was Scottish!
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10:37AM on 08/21/2013

Well,

It's not like we're going to toss his ass in movie jail over this.
It's not like we're going to toss his ass in movie jail over this.
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10:30AM on 08/21/2013
He should have left League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as his last instead of this apparent cable access mess. I too enjoy The League as a guilty pleasure...it's sad he didn't take on LOTR and or Matrix. You'd think someone around him could've explained those scripts. Although, I bet Matrix did sound like a train wreck trying to interpret that story.
He should have left League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as his last instead of this apparent cable access mess. I too enjoy The League as a guilty pleasure...it's sad he didn't take on LOTR and or Matrix. You'd think someone around him could've explained those scripts. Although, I bet Matrix did sound like a train wreck trying to interpret that story.
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8:25AM on 08/21/2013

He didn't just say...

"In the deepest, darkest... HIGHLANDS!!!!", did he?
"In the deepest, darkest... HIGHLANDS!!!!", did he?
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8:45AM on 08/21/2013
Sorry to say, but in Scotland, when someone mentions "the Highlands" they're not referring to Highlander; it's just a region. If he said anything else Highlander-ish, like "There can be only one", then I'd be with you 100%, but just saying "Highlands" in a movie that takes place in Scotland isn't enough to register a blip on my geek-o-meter.
Sorry to say, but in Scotland, when someone mentions "the Highlands" they're not referring to Highlander; it's just a region. If he said anything else Highlander-ish, like "There can be only one", then I'd be with you 100%, but just saying "Highlands" in a movie that takes place in Scotland isn't enough to register a blip on my geek-o-meter.
10:37AM on 08/21/2013
You do understand that "The Highlander" takes its name from the Scottish Highlands, right?
You do understand that "The Highlander" takes its name from the Scottish Highlands, right?
7:46PM on 08/21/2013
Smooveluv, if you're talking to me, you missed my point. Of course I know that "The Highlander" takes its name from the Scottish Highlands. It's just that MarchallOne seemed very excited that the narrator used the word "Highlands", and I was just reminding him that in a movie that takes place in Scotland, mentioning the Highlands doesn't automatically mean it's a Highlander reference.
Smooveluv, if you're talking to me, you missed my point. Of course I know that "The Highlander" takes its name from the Scottish Highlands. It's just that MarchallOne seemed very excited that the narrator used the word "Highlands", and I was just reminding him that in a movie that takes place in Scotland, mentioning the Highlands doesn't automatically mean it's a Highlander reference.
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5:57AM on 08/21/2013
"but even they were able to properly sync the actors voices to their animated avatars." Do we even get to see anyone speak? I've watched the trailer - not interested in watching it again...but seems every time someone speaks, the trailer cuts away to the next scene...or the over the top epic trailer voice speaks. Agree with others, looks like a animation from the 1990's but hey, perhaps Sean was just trying to support the Scottish animation industry.
"but even they were able to properly sync the actors voices to their animated avatars." Do we even get to see anyone speak? I've watched the trailer - not interested in watching it again...but seems every time someone speaks, the trailer cuts away to the next scene...or the over the top epic trailer voice speaks. Agree with others, looks like a animation from the 1990's but hey, perhaps Sean was just trying to support the Scottish animation industry.
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2:38AM on 08/21/2013
I know that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is generally considered to be pretty horrible, but honestly, I enjoyed it in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Then again I also liked The Adventures of Ford Fairlane so what the hell do I know...
I know that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is generally considered to be pretty horrible, but honestly, I enjoyed it in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Then again I also liked The Adventures of Ford Fairlane so what the hell do I know...
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1:59AM on 08/21/2013
WTF!? When was that movie made again? The animation looks horrible, it looks like it was made for tv in 1995.
WTF!? When was that movie made again? The animation looks horrible, it looks like it was made for tv in 1995.
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11:15AM on 08/21/2013
more like 1985 dude.... 85
more like 1985 dude.... 85
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1:11AM on 08/21/2013

I will Find Youuuuuuuuuuuuu!

What the hell? I watched that trailer 5 times and I still don't get what the movie is about. It sounds like he did the voice recording while he was in bed half asleep. this looks like the shitty animated knock off movies in the red box.
What the hell? I watched that trailer 5 times and I still don't get what the movie is about. It sounds like he did the voice recording while he was in bed half asleep. this looks like the shitty animated knock off movies in the red box.
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10:27PM on 08/20/2013
Reminds me of that movie "Food Fight" (or something) that was featured in Awfully Good column about a month ago.
Reminds me of that movie "Food Fight" (or something) that was featured in Awfully Good column about a month ago.
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10:06PM on 08/20/2013
Oh Shir Shean, how the mighty have fallen. I think this might even more humiliating than donning Zardoz's red diapers.
Oh Shir Shean, how the mighty have fallen. I think this might even more humiliating than donning Zardoz's red diapers.
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9:06PM on 08/20/2013
It wash the only schcript that he could underschtandsh.
It wash the only schcript that he could underschtandsh.
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8:56PM on 08/20/2013
What the fucking fuck???
What the fucking fuck???
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8:45PM on 08/20/2013
Yeah we can all agree that the trailer stinks but more importantly what the hell is up with the audio mixing? Sounds like it was recorded in a spare room closet.
Yeah we can all agree that the trailer stinks but more importantly what the hell is up with the audio mixing? Sounds like it was recorded in a spare room closet.
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8:45PM on 08/20/2013

Wow

As someone who was born and grew to adulthood in Scotland, I almost feel like I should be apologizing for this. @smoovelove - I made it to 1:37 on the trailer, btw. I'm sure Scotland is capable of producing entertaining animated movies, but that wasn't it; that was just...dire. *shivers*
I'll try and think of him as Indiana's dad and leave it at that...
As someone who was born and grew to adulthood in Scotland, I almost feel like I should be apologizing for this. @smoovelove - I made it to 1:37 on the trailer, btw. I'm sure Scotland is capable of producing entertaining animated movies, but that wasn't it; that was just...dire. *shivers*
I'll try and think of him as Indiana's dad and leave it at that...
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8:39PM on 08/20/2013

LOL

HAHAHA
HAHAHA
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8:22PM on 08/20/2013
To bemoan the embarrassing career decision Sean Connery made to do this is to pretend he gave a damn. Don't get me wrong, Sean Connery is a living legend and deserves much better than this, but his retirement has sunk in with me, and I'm sorry that he decided to come out to voice this tepid piece of shit. But now he's back in the comfort of his home, living out his last days, and isn't taking calls. So I'm going to now pretend this film doesn't exist. Anyone who argues otherwise to my face, I
To bemoan the embarrassing career decision Sean Connery made to do this is to pretend he gave a damn. Don't get me wrong, Sean Connery is a living legend and deserves much better than this, but his retirement has sunk in with me, and I'm sorry that he decided to come out to voice this tepid piece of shit. But now he's back in the comfort of his home, living out his last days, and isn't taking calls. So I'm going to now pretend this film doesn't exist. Anyone who argues otherwise to my face, I will not be responsible for their safety.
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10:33AM on 08/21/2013
Heh - there was probably a 50 year old bottle of single-malt Islay Scotch that cost exactly what he was paid to be in this.
Heh - there was probably a 50 year old bottle of single-malt Islay Scotch that cost exactly what he was paid to be in this.
7:48PM on 08/20/2013

I made it

to 1:33 before I couldn't take it anymore.
to 1:33 before I couldn't take it anymore.
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7:40PM on 08/20/2013

Interesting

I volunteer at Vancity Theater here in Vancouver which is also the headquarters for the film center, the next 2 weeks they are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Bond films and just found out that Marguerite LeWars (Miss Jamaica who played Annabelle Chung in Dr. No opposite Connery) will be attending. WTF!
I volunteer at Vancity Theater here in Vancouver which is also the headquarters for the film center, the next 2 weeks they are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Bond films and just found out that Marguerite LeWars (Miss Jamaica who played Annabelle Chung in Dr. No opposite Connery) will be attending. WTF!
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7:28PM on 08/20/2013
Yup. Gotta go out with some class. And this is the way to do it.
Yup. Gotta go out with some class. And this is the way to do it.
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7:14PM on 08/20/2013

What the fu......

Just watched the trailer. This looks truly terrible on every conceivable level.

They might as well retitle this: "Sean Connery: How The Mighty Have Fallen"
Just watched the trailer. This looks truly terrible on every conceivable level.

They might as well retitle this: "Sean Connery: How The Mighty Have Fallen"
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6:52PM on 08/20/2013
Read the headline and was thrilled, got to the trailer and now Im depressed. Maybe LXG is a higher note now
Read the headline and was thrilled, got to the trailer and now Im depressed. Maybe LXG is a higher note now
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6:47PM on 08/20/2013

WTF

Looks like a video game, and I'm being generous.

PS. I'm glad Sir Ian got the role over Connery. He cast circles around Connery.
Looks like a video game, and I'm being generous.

PS. I'm glad Sir Ian got the role over Connery. He cast circles around Connery.
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7:33PM on 08/20/2013
Didn't Connery turn the role down causing McKellen to get it by default? That being true (isn't it?) your statement is not accurate.
Didn't Connery turn the role down causing McKellen to get it by default? That being true (isn't it?) your statement is not accurate.
10:32AM on 08/21/2013
You must play some pretty shitty video games.
You must play some pretty shitty video games.
6:34PM on 08/20/2013
What did I just watch? Reboot had better graphics than this just about
What did I just watch? Reboot had better graphics than this just about
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6:27PM on 08/20/2013

Going to get so high...........

And watch this movie. Haven't smoked in years but I'm willing to wipe the dust off my bong to watch this "movie"
And watch this movie. Haven't smoked in years but I'm willing to wipe the dust off my bong to watch this "movie"
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