Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:00:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Sean Connery: the first Bond in profile

Later Bond films

Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice (© Rex Features)
  • Sean Connery in Dr. No (© Rex Features)
  • Sean Connery in Goldfinger (© Rex Features)
  • Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice (© Rex Features)
  • A Bridge Too Far (© Rex Features)
  • Micheline Roquebrune (© Rex Features)
  • Sean Connery at the 1988 Academy Awards (© Getty Images)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (© Rex Features)
  • Sean Connery (© Rex Features)
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Fearing he would be typecast and complaining of repetitive plotlines, Connery decided to quit the Bond character after 1967's You Only Live Twice. He was replaced by George Lazenby for 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but the Australian actor only lasted one film, prompting United Artists to tempt Connery back to the role for 1971's Diamonds Are Forever with a record-breaking salary of £1.5million (which would equate to in excess of US$32million in today's money).

Diamonds would mark Connery's final official appearance as Bond, but he did reprise the role in 1984's non-canonical Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again.