Sean Connery fury: Star fumed James Bond series was ‘bore’ in scathing attack | Films | Entertainment
The late Scottish actor, who died aged 90 in October last year, is renowned for his portrayal of the fictional MI6 agent. Daniel Craig, 53, is the sixth official actor to play the smooth-talking British spy on the big screen. His fifth and final outing as 007 comes in the latest Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’, which hits cinemas this week. The world premiere of the 25th instalment of the series is being held at London’s Royal Albert Hall tonight.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film was due to be released in April 2020, before it was pushed back to November because of COVID-19, then postponed to November and again to April of this year.
Sir Sean’s own tenure as Bond saw him star in seven films, beginning with his debut in ‘Dr No’ in 1962.
The Scottish actor returned as Bond for ‘From Russia with Love’ the following year.
He also took on the role in ‘Goldfinger’ in 1964, ‘Thunderball’ in 1965 and ‘You Only Live Twice’ in 1967.
Another actor, George Lazenby, then played Bond in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ in 1969.
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However, Sir Sean was then back as Bond for ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, which was released in 1971.
Then, in 1983, he returned as 007 one last time for ‘Never Say Never Again’, which is not considered an official Bond film as it was not made with Eon Productions.
Despite his well-loved performances as Bond, Sir Sean is reported to have been “bored” with the role.
Michael Feeney Callan wrote the biography ‘Sean Connery: The Untouchable Hero’, published in 1993.
In the book he cited an unnamed spokesperson who claimed that Sir Sean was unhappy with the 007 franchise.
They said: “We knew Sean was p***ed off with Bond, we knew the series was threatening what he regarded as his actor status.
“I think probably he wanted out there and then but… he was kind of mesmerised by the potential.
“He was thinking, ‘All right, it’s a bore, a madhouse, but how much bigger can it get? Will Goldfinger earn – what? – $5million? How much could I earn if I stuck with it?’
“He was divided between what he was at heart, an old-fashioned, learn-up-your-lines actor, and a businessman with his hands in the honeypot.”
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By the time Sir Sean appeared in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ the actor’s feelings had apparently grown even stronger.
The Guardian reported in 2004 that he gave his fee for the film to charity as he was sick of the money.
He also reportedly said: “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.”
Daniel Craig has spoken about he also considered cutting ties with the Bond franchise after his last appearance as 007 in ‘Spectre’ in 2015.
However, he also revealed his excitement for the latest film as he appeared on the ‘Chris Evans Breakfast Show’.
He said: “After the last one, I thought that was it. I thought, ‘I can’t do any more of these’.
“I got a bit of a rest and we kind of talked about what we wanted to do with this last movie and how big we wanted to go, and it felt right, and I just got really excited about it, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
No Time To Die will be released in UK cinemas on September 30.