Date: 13th February 2001
Sean Connery says that after he completed his last James Bond film, Never Say Never Again, in 1983, he was offered $15 million to make another Bond film -- and refused.
Today's British Guardian newspaper quotes Connery as saying: "They were talking wild sums back then to get me into another Bond. Much as I enjoyed the Bond films back in the 60s, I needed a fresh challenge. A new direction. I could have just stayed where I was and made an incredible amount of money. Others would have done so. But not me. That isn't arrogance or me saying how wealthy I am. Far from it. I think I am being honest and putting people who say I watch the pennies in their place."
Source: Studio Briefing