‘Sir Billi’ Trailer: Sean Connery is an Aging Skateboarder

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While he’ll forever be known to many as James Bond, there’s no doubting that Sir Sean Connery enjoyed one of the longest, finest and most distinguished careers of any film actor before officially retiring in the mid-2000s. Countless memorable performances and a 1987 Academy Award for his role in The Untouchables have cemented that legendary legacy, but sadly, his final film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), left a sour taste in the mouths of so many adoring fans.

Fortunately, Connery returned to film work in 2010 to voice Sir Billi, the hero of an eponymously-titled Scottish animated film, which is based on a short that Connery also worked on in 2006. While Sir Billi is finally getting released overseas next month, it may not be the triumphant return to the big screen for Connery that many fans were hoping for. Just take a look a the trailer above.

After viewing the trailer, it’s not surprising that the film was universally panned when it premiered at several festivals last year. The computer animation is definitely subpar when compared to films from Dreamworks or Pixar and that cheesy voiceover seems to border on unintentional parody.

The story – about a senior-citizen veterinarian/skateboarder who battles Scottish police to save a fugitive beaver – will also leave Connery fans scratching their heads. If you didn’t get the gist of film’s plot from the clip, here’s an official synopsis:

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!

Sean Connery is Sir Billi Sir Billi Trailer: Sean Connery is an Aging Skateboarder

Sure, it’s easy to laugh at this stuff, but as a film aimed at young children, Sir Billi could provide plenty of enjoyment. Unfortunately, it probably won’t get a wide distribution and won’t be seen by many moviegoers outside of the United Kingdom.

It’s certainly sad to think that Sir Billi will almost assuredly mark Connery’s last film performance and while many fans would have loved to see him end his film career in a more thrilling, dramatic, action-packed or kick-ass way, it’s understandable that he went the route that he did considering his age (82), and the fact that he is most likely enjoying his retirement from energy-draining big budget spectacles.

If you get a chance, will you check out Sir Billi? Let us know in the comments!


Sir Billi also features voices from Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2) and releases theatrically in the U.K. on September 13, 2013.

Source: Pinnacle Films (via JoBlo)

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  1. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a cameo in a new Bond as his last official film.

    • +1

    • Personally, I think Sam Mendes made a very good point when discussing Sean Connery almost being Kincade in “Skyfall”:

      Daniel Craig earned the spotlight and we don’t need any mono-Connery fanboys trashing Craig by saying “That man is James Bond, and you will never be him”.

      Seriously. It’s bad enough seeing a worthless Best James Bond discussion turning into an angry rant. This only sparks more arguments.

  2. lost for words.

  3. WHY ?

  4. Wait, this is real??

  5. I have to ask.

    Is it an animated movie or a video game?

  6. It’s happened. He’s become senile.

  7. Wow, that couldn’t get much worse. I have ps3 games with better animation than that, and that is quite possibly the worst trailer ever made.


  9. In Aardman’s hands it could have been something a little bit more finely crafted and it seems a shame Connery has been let down by some questionable animation… Hopefully he’ll see the error of his ways and return to the screen in the manner of many older actors for a cameo here an there.

  10. Is it just me or is the animation on par with veggie tales?

    • Even Veggietales has better animation…

  11. I have seen sega games with better animation than this

    • haha ^

    • What has happened to this world. Why would they do this too us? Haven’t we been punished enough? Who staffs a production house with cgi film school drop outs?

  12. Oh my god…

  13. I don’t think I want to be Scottish anymore.

  14. Trailer aside, the tagline for this article makes it sound like Connery is dying or something…..

  15. The hell? I teach 3D animation. Within a month students who have never touched a 3D program are making better stuff than THIS. It is NOT that hard. This looks about on par with 20 year old cartoons like Beast Wars and Reboot. WHO is responsible for this, and in what world do they think any one would go see it?

  16. Good lord I hope this isn’t Sean Connery’s last movie. I mean, holy cow.

  17. This apparently cost 15M to make and by the look of it, the Producers kept every penny. It makes Teletubbies look positively Pixar-esque!
    This is just simply an unwatchable disaster and destined to be a bottom of the barrel torrent.

    A million monkeys with a million crayons would be hard-pressed in a million years to create anything as cretinous as “Sir Billi.