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The role of James Bond might have established Sean Connery as a major box-office draw in the mid-’60s, but the Scottish-born actor spent the next two decades trying to distance himself from the part. The shadow of 007, however, continued to loom large over every role he accepted in the effort to prove his versatility: It was James Bond, not Connery, who audiences saw as a mustachioed British soldier in John Huston’s 1975 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s short story The Man Who Would Be King; Bond as a space marshal investigating the death of miners on one of Jupiter’s moons in Peter Hyams’ 1981 sci-fi western Outland (opens at 6 p.m. Friday, June 30); Bond as a 23rd-century rebel sporting a red diaper and a waist-length ponytail in John Boorman’s 1974 dystopian fantasy Zardoz (pictured; opens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10). Not until accepting the role of a veteran Irish patrolman (which won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) in Brian De Palma’s 1987 gangster-flick The Untouchables did Connery finally separate himself from his former alter ego; his screen-stealing performance as Indiana Jones’ Holy Grail—obsessed father in Steven Spielberg’s 1989 action film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (opens at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, July 1) would later cement the screen identity he would ride out for the second half of his career—that of the battle-hardened old-timer up for one last adventure. See the other exploits of the man behind Her Majesty’s Secret Service’s most infamous agent through Thursday, July 6, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6720. (Matthew Borlik)