Sean Connery would have turned 91-years-old this week on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The iconic Scottish actor made his first appearance as James Bond in Eon’s first 007 movie, 1962’s Dr No. He continued to star in the films with Eon until Diamonds are Forever, which was his last venture. By that point, however, he was fed up with playing the hero.
Connery became a little frustrated that the only role he was ever recognised for was for Bond.
Because of this, the star lashed out at the fictional character.
The star said: “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” (Via The Guardian)
And this wasn’t the only time he hit out at the fictional hero.
Connery donated his salary from his final Eon movie, Diamonds are Forever, to charity – a sum well over $1 million.
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In 2002 Connery also spoke candidly about what frustrated him about playing Bond.
He said: “Well, once you had done the first two [films], you just moved forward because the rules were established.
“One wound up doing less and less as it were, because you did what you were expected to do and whatever else up to a point.”
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After six films as Bond with Eon, Connery vowed never to return to play the hero ever again.
But 12 years later the star signed up to an independent Bond movie titled Never Say Never Again.
The film company, Taliafilm, produced the 1983 movie on a small budget of $36 million and adapted Ian Fleming’s novel Thunderball.
Speaking about returning to the franchise in the 1980s, he said: “It’s really dense in terms of the story and subplot and texture – It’s like a detective story – and I have to take quite a bit of responsibility for that.”
Connery continued: “I insisted that they go back to that sort of movie if I were going to do it, which, I suppose, is a certain kind of nostalgia on my part.”
On saying no to subsequent Eon Bond movies, he revealed: “To say no to all that wasn’t that difficult to me because I wanted to do different things.
“To say yes to [Never Say Never Again] wasn’t as definite. It came out of a series of situations … my wife had said why don’t you do it again? I thought about it and it didn’t seem like such a crazy idea.”
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