The films in BBC America's marathon are Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. These are the first three of seven films in which Connery played James Bond, secret agent 007.
From Russia with Love begins at 6 p.m. EST. The 1963 film sees Bond meet a Russian defector (Daniela Bianchi) to obtain a Lektor decoder. The defector is actually a double agent of the global crime syndicate SPECTRE. Robert Shaw plays villain Red Grant.
Goldfinger begins at 8:30 p.m. EST. In the 1964 film, Bond discovers Auric Goldfinger (Gerte Frobe) is plotting to rob Fort Knox of its gold. The third film in the series established what became the formula with a pre-title action sequence, a title song (this one sung by Shirley Bassey), gadgets including a gadget-laden Aston Martin, and flamboyant henchman. In this case, Goldfinger's No. 2 is Oddjob (Harold Sakata) who throws a razor blade top hat.
Connery also played James Bond in Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again. George Lazenby played the role once in On Her Majesty's Secret Service between You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.