Zardoz PosterThe gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was, but the gun shoots death, and purifies the Earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth… and kill!

Needless to say, Sean Connery had a few roles outside of James Bond that I’m sure he kind of regrets when he now looks back over his illustrious career. Without a doubt, Zardoz must be foremost in his mind…

1974 saw the release of the written, produced and directed by John Boorman film, Zardoz, a science fiction romp that starred Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, and Sara Kestelman. Shot on a budget of US$1 million, Zardoz tells the story of Zed the Exterminator, who dares to infiltrate the flying stone God Head of Zardoz and assassinate its pilot, finding himself returned to the Vortex and the world of the Externals, immortals that remain hidden from the rest of post-apocalyptic Earth and lead a luxurious but ultimately aimless existence. There he embarks on a learning curve that will see him divine the true nature of the Eternals and the Vortex as well as lead him on a path that will finally see the freedom of the Exterminators and Brutals back on Earth once and for all!

So story – forgetful. Costume and set design – not quite so:

Zardoz Sean Connery

And you though Sean Connery was sexy in everything that he did…

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