Secret agent, fuzzy scientist, climate fiction and dream houses: the weekend replays


This weekend, documentaries and investigations on the menu of our screens: a detailed portrait of Sean Connery, Scottish actor who will never stop freeing himself from 007; a “Complementary investigation” on the different stages of the Didier Raoult saga, a controversial personality during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic; an anticipation program in two parts, one optimistic, the other acknowledging climate inaction, followed by an interview with Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne; a four-part series on several iconic buildings in the United States, from the 1950s to today.

Seven times 007 and a life to make him forget

Actor Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5, in 1964, in a scene from the film'Goldfinger'.

At the end of the 1960s, he was one of the most famous men in the world. And all his life, it will be difficult for him to go out without being approached by fans asking for his autograph, calling him ” Mr Bond “. A reality that Sean Connery (1930-2020) has never supported. During his career, the athletic and attractive Scotsman, promising theater actor, amazing in many films directed by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, John Huston or John Boorman, will try to distance himself from this character of 007. A (made-to-measure) suit that he wore for the first time in 1962 (James Bond vs. Dr. No) and wore seven times. Not much in a film career as rich (70 films) as his.

This aspect of Sean Connery’s fight to get rid of the cumbersome Bond label is carefully analyzed in this documentary rich in film extracts, British television archives and interviews with the person concerned and relatives. They allow us to better understand the complex character of an aggressive and jealous sickly man, born in Edinburgh in a disadvantaged social environment and for whom money will also have been a powerful driving force. Alain Constant

Sean Connery vs. James Bond, documentary by Gregory Monro (France, 2022, 52 min). Available on until December 28.

Didier Raoult or the drift of a system

Didier Raoult, August 27, 2020, in Marseille.

“Complementary investigation” retraces the different stages of the saga of one of the most controversial personalities of the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly three years after his appearance, we are still wondering about the reasons for Professor Didier Raoult’s drift, as well as the protections and benevolence he benefited from to the top of the state, while accusing reports, scientific criticism and denunciatory testimonies have multiplied since March 2017.

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Secret agent, fuzzy scientist, climate fiction and dream houses: the weekend replays