Date: 13th February 2001

Connery Says He Turned Down Fortune To Play Bond Again

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