One of the early and usually unfounded rumors to circulate about Skyfall (then just “Bond 23″) was that the old Bond actors would be back for cameos. Of course, non of this eventuated… But, director Sam Mendes has recently revealed that he did consider asking Connery to cameo in the film, possibly in the role that was ultimately filled by Albert Finney.
He told the Huffington Post:
You brought back a lot of nostalgia. There’s a scene in Scotland with Albert Finney. Was there any thought of approaching Sean Connery for that role?
There was a definite discussion about that — way, way early on. But I think that’s problematic. Because, to me, it becomes too … it would take you out of the movie. Connery is Bond and he’s not going to come back as another character. It’s like, he’s been there. So, it was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract.
Obviously this wasn’t taken too seriously, as Barbara Broccoli (and if we recall correctly, Mendes has echoed this sentiment) has said, several times, that they got their ‘dream cast’ and that people they asked to take part in Skyfall were cast in the film.
If and when you see the film, let us know if you think Connery would be a good substitute for Finney?
About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)
The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.