Skyfall, and the Sean Connery cameo that never was

News Simon Brew 7 Nov 2012 - 07:29

Sam Mendes has revealed that there was a "brief flirtation" with inviting Sean Connery to be in Skyfall...

The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, finally arrives in American cinemas this weekend. Here in the UK, the film is already one of the top 20 biggest grossing movies of all time at the British box office, and we can see it breaking the top five at the rate it’s going.

The US press tour for the film is well underway, and one interesting story that came out of it was just how close Sean Connery was to featuring in Skyfall. This came up in an interview with director Sam Mendes by The Huffington Post. In it, Mendes revealed that Connery was definitely considered for the film.

“There was a definite discussion about that – way, way early on”, admitted Mendes. “But I think that’s problematic”. He quickly put his finger on why a Sean Connery cameo would have been a bad idea. “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”. In the end, “it was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract”.

It clearly would have done, too. Furthermore, there’s the small matter that Sean Connery is firmly retired from acting, with little chance of ever seeing him on the big screen in a new movie again. That dates back to his well-charted feelings on his last film, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Here’s the piece over at The Huffington Post.

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Wasn't it Lee Tamahori on DIe Another Day who had the idea of James Bond being a persona that different agents took on, thus giving a real-life explanation for the multiple actors playing 007? I read an interview with him somewhere where he talked about that, and how he wanted to do this, but ultimately they all decided against it. I think that would be a terrific idea tbh. Not that we *need* a reason for having had multiple actors - that's just Bond - but imho it's a brilliant idea nonetheless.

Thing is it brings more continuity problems with it than it solves.

I do like that idea but I've just rewatched all the Bonds leading up to Skyfall and there is too much mention of his dead wife by different Bonds for it to be a different guy under an assumed name. In For Your Eyes Only Roger Moore visits Tracy's grave and the date of death is in line with On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). There are also references to her in Dalton's and Brosnan's films.

I think the character Albert Finney played in the film would have been ideal for Sean Connery. Could have been a sweet moment!

I see what your saying but I prefer him to be a man and not a symbol
It makes james a little more unique

“To me it becomes too… it would take you out of the movie"

I had exactly the same problem with the Goldfinger DB5. A case of, "coooool...er, hold on a minute!"

That is who I thought of too - but I think Mendes is right - it would have been too distracting. Something like Chris Sarandon's cameo in the 2011 Fright Night would have been more suitable.

But Bond won that in a game of cards in Casino Royale so it was part of the reboot continuity already.

Bond is Bon. He's the same character no matter who plays him. He's a work of fiction. Craig's Bond IS Connery's Bond. Moore's Bond is Connery's Bond, etc. etc. There's no point trying to apply logic, or reality to our super spy. There is, I guess, some sort of attempt at contunity (Bond is an orphan, he works for Mi6, likes Martini's and girls) but that's your lot. The idea (in some fan's heads) that they've been a series of different agents who 'become' James Bond 007 really doesn't hold any water.

Spot on - see my comment elsewhere on this page relating to the references to the deceased Tracy Bond in every incarnation from Moore to Brosnan.

... References to her in Brosnan's films? Really? Like where? I've never noticed that before.

Idea was first raised in 1969's "Casino Royale." There was an edict that every MI6 agents' name be changed to James Bond 007. Even his nephew was named Jimmy Bond (and played by Woody Allen.)

Not specifically by name but there are a couple of very subtle references, one in Goldeneye and another in The World Is Not Enough, both in the same vein - the bad guy goads Bond over the women Bond has failed to protect and Bond is visibly shocked and hurt both times.

Yeah but your average cinema goer didn't recognise Sarandon (whether or not they've seen the original Fright Night). EVERYONE, on the other hand, recognises Connery...

the car in Casino Royale was left hand drive

There are plenty of companies offer a conversion to right hand drive! It costs about £2500 - Bond could easily afford that on his salary!

Skyfall is a tip of the hat to what has gone before. But mainly a lot of hype.

it also had a different set of bumpers :P

He obviously had it 'upgraded' because I doubt it had those machine guns when he won it!!!

Machine guns were fitted behind the lights :P

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