Sean Connery makes his home in Spain, and rather than fly to Los Angeles for interviews to promote "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Connery's image was beamed by satellite uplink from a Spanish TV studio to the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Some 50 to 60 journalists were seated in a banquet room at the hotel and, via satellite, asked Connery questions ranging from the standard "how did you feel" about being asked to play Indiana Jones' father to some truly off-the-wall posturings about his career and life - including one fellow who requested Connery's private phone number.Ah, the international press.
But Connery was jovial and good-natured about it all. And he joked about everything from his bookish Dr. Henry Jones character, to the character with which he is most readily identified, James Bond.
Technologically speaking, it was an interesting setup. Run-of-the-mill satellite interviews place TV monitors before the journalists with the interviewee being beamed blind - he can hear the reporters but he can't see them.
In this case, however, it was a two-way system. There were two big-screen TV monitors on either side of the hotel banquet room and two video cameras between them aimed at the press. With a monitor in front of him, Connery could hear and see who was asking a question.