Greenport Maritime Festival's special guest - '007!'
by Deborah Smith Ford - Celebrity Lookalike Examiner
October 2, 2010
The quiet village of Greenport, New York located in Suffolk County in the
town of Southold is a major port for its area. Its recent growth due, in
part, to Greenport being a three way link for travelers taking the Long
Island Expressway towards New York City, crossing Shelter Island to Sag
Harbor, or riding Cross Sound Ferry to Connecticut.
There are times
when this village is not so quiet. One of those times, since 1989, is when
they hold their annual Greenport Maritime Festival. This year’s 21st
celebration was indeed something to remember.
A special guest was
invited for the Greenport Maritime Festival held September 25-26, 2010. This
guest arrived by boat and was part of the festivities. A celebrity lookalike
who professionally portrays James Bond (Sean Connery's Bond), and has for
several years filled the 007 shoes quite well, was the festival's guest. So
well that many, if not most in the village, thought it really was Sean
Dennis Keogh, the professional lookalike, who paid tribute
to Sean Connery's 007, received a mixture of reactions, all of them very
positive. Keogh brought an excitement to the village’s festival, creating
quite a stir and buzz - so much so that he was interviewed during and after
the event by numerous media.
Keogh was hired for this event, like he
always is for other gigs, as a celebrity lookalike. In addition to
Keogh’s/Connery’s presence, an initial illusion was created. This illusion
included a security team that surrounded Keogh upon his entrance, by boat,
with a 007 flag waving, and of course the fans went crazy seeing this grand
And so they should be excited, as Keogh is a spot-on double
for Sean Connery, not only with his physical appearance but with his
mannerisms and voice to boot!
All in all throughout the whole
weekend, the festival was a wonderful experience, and Keogh’s presence as
Connery was as well. Not once was Keogh asked if he was Sean Connery. He
just stayed in character, as hired, and did it well.
Dennis Keogh's true identity was given, even written up in local and
national publications, but due to Keogh’s demure, professionalism and
ability to stir excitement, most of the village was happy to have him be a
part of their celebration. After all, Sean Connery or not, this guest turned
out to be the next best thing!!!
As stated earlier, ‘most’ of the
village was happy. There is always going to be a few who are disappointed,
and there were. It is usually those kinds people, and that is only natural,
that do not know or understand anything about the celebrity lookalike
Dennis Keogh himself never said anything to indicate he was
Sean Connery. Instead, he assumed his character and created excitement that
the festival would not have had otherwise. Great job from a wonderful double
NOTE: A lookalike is a person who closely resembles another
person. He or she is a person who bears a close physical resemblance to a
celebrity, politician or member of royalty. Many lookalikes earn a living by
making guest appearances at public events or performing on television or
film, playing the person they resemble.
A large variety of celebrity
lookalike images can be found throughout the web, including images placed by
professional agencies that offer their services. Lookalikes have also
figured prominently at least since the 19th century in literature, and in
the 20th and 21st centuries in film.
Dennis Keogh as Sir Sean Connery's
James Bond, '007'
Fans can follow Keogh as himself and as Bond on