Dossiers tagged with "Sean Connery"

Mendes considered casting Connery in “Skyfall”

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?

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James Bond magazine features rare ‘From Russia With Love’ photos

Our friends over at MI6 Confidential sent us an email the other day to let us know about the release of a new magazine – their 11th issue – that features rare, gritty black and white pictures from the set of From Russia With Love.

Here’s the details they sent to us:

It frequently tops fan polls, is cited as the best Ian Fleming film adaptation, and named his favourite by Sean Connery, but it is often forgotten that “From Russia With Love” was one of the most troubled productions in the 007 series. This issue showcases rarely seen photographs from the set and charts how director Terence Young managed to hold it all together through near- misses, accidents, cancelled locations and delays.

Keeping with the ‘Bond On Set’ theme, we also go behind the scenes of the ice palace car chase and hovercraft stunts from “Die Another Day” with all-access photographs and firsthand accounts from those who made it possible. Rounding out Issue #11 of MI6 Confidential – the James Bond magazine – is an exclusive interview with thriller writer Jeffery Deaver as he declassifies the secrets behind the ‘Carte Blanche’ continuation novel.

  • Bond On Set – Rare images from the set and an exhaustive account of the “From Russia With Love” production history
  • Jeffery Deaver explains his successful ‘Carte Blanche’ recipe in an exclusive interview
  • On Thin Ice – Behind the scenes of “Die Another Day” with stunt driver George Cottle
  • GoldenEye 007 Reloaded – An exclusive interview with the producer of this year’s Bond game for Xbox 360 and PS3
  • Dr. No Showcase – Breathing new life into the classic 1963 comic
  • Composing Blood Stone – Richard Jacques talks one on one about creating the Bond sound
  • The Bond Connection – Rowan Atkinson and director Oliver Parker talk Johnny English Reborn
  • The Last Word – Richard Kiel recalls his three run-ins with James Bond

Issue #11 is now shipping around the world. To order online, visit

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Daniel Craig not a fan of Connery or Brosnan’s Bonds?

In a teaser for an in-depth interview with Daniel Craig, Entertainment Weekly, reveal an out of context quote about Craig’s Bond favourites.

“I never liked Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan much,” he muttered, almost under his breath

Before flying into fits of rage, this page is designed to tease and sell magazines. These are the same people that published a “Goodbye Mr Bond” cover in August last year.

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Javier Bardem speaks about James Bond 23

The Spanish actor in line for the role of the nemesis in 007′s forthcoming adventure, currently dubbed Bond 23, is not staying tight lipped about the possibility.

Bardem spoke to the LA Times quite openly today about his meeting with James Bond 23 director Sam Mendes and the possibility of taking the role.

“I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga,” Bardem says. “When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think I’d be in one of those movies?”

“They’re changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic,” Bardem says. “I’d be playing Bond’s nemesis, yes, but it’s not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It’s very intriguing.”

Known as an actor who does not accept roles lightly, Bardem will be considering this offer (and the script) very carefully… although, the actor admitted he was drawn to the idea of being a villain: “Evil can be very seductive,” he jokes.

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