The splitting image of dashing superstar Sean Connery, the world is your oyster.
Sun Tabloid Double -Oh -Seven
by Roni Sullivan
When you're the splitting image of dashing superstar Sean Connery, the world is your oyster. Just ask John allen, of Delray Beach Florida, who's making a fine living posing as the ruggedly handsome 007 at private parties and corporate conventions on movie sets and in commercials. It's been a roller-coaster ride for the former owner of a wicker furniture store, whose career in showbiz began late in life.
"I didn't look like Sean Connery when I was younger" Allen Says "It wasn't until I was 49 and grew a beard that is when it happened". Then the work started coming and the phone started to ringing. Now I am booked booked two to three times a month". Allen's break in the business occurred in 1996 when a stranger approached him at a Florida restaurant. "I can make you a lot of money as James Bond" said the man. I want you to beat up some guy and throw him in Donald Trumps swimming pool. "I can do that" Allen told him.
And that first intriguing gig led to a
bustling career, traveling around the world and earning $300 to $500 an hour
for meet and greets to a whopping $1000 to $5000 a day working as a stand-in
for doubling for the 74-year-old Scottish actor.