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Blu-ray Review - Shalako


1968 was a very special year for Sean Connery. After the release of "You Only Live Twice," he quit the James Bond franchise, freeing himself from the role that was already defining his career. And what better way to shed the 007 skin than to star in "Shalako," an adaptation of a Louis L'Amour novel, allowing Connery to trade suits and gadgets for a horse and the open range, continuing work on the construction of a varied career that would allow him the chance to play different types of roles. The feature explains his European flair (opening with a crawl that lists global influences on the American west), but classic Connery remains, giving a hearty performance in an engaging western, and one that feasts on a meat and potatoes genre experience. Read the rest at


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