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Irish actor Pierce
Brosnan may be the current James Bond but
for many 007 fans there is only one real Bond. It
was the role he made his own, but Sir Sean Connery
suggested in an interview published over the weekend
that he only got the part in the first James Bond
film because he was cheap to employ.
to the 70-year-old Scot the preferred actors for the
starring role in Dr No were too expensive for
producer Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming.
told the Daily Record newspaper: "I got it because
they could afford me. Ian Fleming - a terrible snob,
but a very interesting guy - wanted Cary Grant
or Trevor Howard. They couldn't afford
either of them. The movie's budget was one million
dollars. Then the Americans devalued, so it was 960,000
dollars. I think I got 5,000 dollars."
The star of From Russia With Love and Goldfinger
added: "Playing the part is harder than anyone
thought. There have been four others and they have
all had problems with it. It is maybe easier to be
the first because you set the bar which they all have
Sean also said his screen career, including seven
Bond films and an Academy Award-winning performance
in The Untouchables, began almost by accident.
young Connery had been going from job to job, when
he was approached by two fellow competitors at a bodybuilding
competition in London who mentioned a job in the chorus
of the musical South Pacific. "They said all
I had top do was a few hand springs and sing and I
would get 14 a week,'' Sir Sean told the paper. "I
auditioned and said I was an actor. They asked me
to sing, but I said I didn't have any music so I didn't
have to sing."
And Edinburgh-born Sir Sean also told the newspaper
why he now goes to see Glasgow Rangers football team
play instead of their Old Firm rivals Celtic, the
team he had followed during the era of the late Parkhead
manager Jock Stein in the 1960s. He explained:
"I like good football. I was a very good friend
of Jock Stein and Bob Kelly and went to Celtic.
They are no longer around. I then met David Murray
and I liked him and the things he is doing with Rangers,
so I go there. There are now more Catholics there
than at the other place."
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