It is no secret that Sean Connery grew to hate James Bond long before he stopped playing the character. In fact, he was so reluctant to return as 007 for Diamonds Are Forever, after George Lazenby walked away from the franchise after just one film, that United Artists offered the Scottish actor an unprecedented fee of US$1.25 million, and also agreed to produce two subsequent films of Connery’s choosing if he’d pick up the Walther PPK one last time.
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