Unless I’m mistaken, everyone loves Sean Bean and that’s a scientific fact. Whether they remember him as the iconic Richard Sharpe from the series based on Bernard Cromwell’s ‘Sharpe’ books. Or from his turns as villains in such films as ‘National Treasure’, ‘Patriot Games’ or ‘Goldeneye’ (which is still one of my favourite Bond films… ‘For England James?’). Hell, you might even remember him from some of his more… em dubious choices of roles such as Harry Mason in ‘Silent Hill’, a character who really has no reason to even be in the movie.
For Nerds though, he’ll always have a place in our hearts as Boromir from ‘Lord of the Rings’ (and the many subsequent ‘One does not simply…’ memes that litter the Internet), and ‘Game of Thrones’ Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, the man who showed us that seriously no-one is safe on that show (and also has appeared in numerous ‘… is coming’ memes on the Internet). Or you might recognise his voice from ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’, in which he played Martin Septim (you know, the heir to the throne and the guy who becomes a golden dragon to fight a giant at the end).
Note: Sorry if I didn’t mention your favourite Sean Bean role, the guy has been in a lot of films. Feel free to mention your favourite movie (or movie death) in the comments section though.
If there’s one thing you can expect from Sean Bean it’s that he’ll add a touch of class to a production and also that he probably won’t be breathing by the time the end credits roll. It almost seems like scriptwriters take a perverse joy in killing off old Sean. In fact, here’s an article we did a while back on the many deaths of Sean Bean that features a Youtube video which had collected all of them in the one place.*
*It’s advisable to have hankies handy. Not that you’d cry but it is very dusty and you might get something in your eye whilst watching the video.
Also, here’s one of favourite jokes on the subject.
Now that you’re suitably traumatised from all that murder, you’ll be glad to hear that Sean Bean fans have finally had enough and have launched a ‘Don’t Kill Sean Sean’ hashtag (#DontKillSeanBean). Not only did this make me chuckle but the whole thing has taken an even cooler twist now that Sean Bean himself has decided to get in on the joke by wearing a ‘Don’t Kill Sean Bean’ T-shirt. I always like to see actors being able to poke a bit of fun at themselves so this made me extremely happy. Come on scriptwriters, just let the man live!