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Sean Connery Was Considered For Skyfall
Sam Mendes says cameo was discussed

07 November 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Huffington Post

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If you’re a regular listener to the Empire Podcast, you might have heard our own Dan Jolin on the Skyfall Spoiler Special talking about a particular part he thought might have been filled by former 007 Sean Connery. Now Sam Mendes has weighed in to discuss the idea. For the benefit of those who have yet to see Skyfall, we’ll keep the actual role for the following paragraphs, so turn away now if you don’t want to be spoiled.

The Huffington Post asked Mendes about the role, played in the film by Albert Finney, while talking about the elements of nostalgia he and the Eon team brought to Skyfall. Asked if he’d considered Connery for the role of Bond’s parents’ groundskeeper, Kincade, Mendes answered in the affirmative, while adding that it was only a brief, preliminary idea.

“There was a definite discussion about that – way, way early on,” says Mendes. “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, given his feelings towards the franchise, we doubt Connery would have given it a second thought himself. But dammit, it might have been fun…

To hear the Skyfall Spoiler Special, see below. And if you still haven’t had enough Bond, we talked to regular 007 scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis for another edition of the Podcast, which will arrive on Friday.


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Finishing In
When I saw the movie here in Denmark, it actually occured to me in the cinema chair how brilliant it would have been, if exactly Sean Connery had this role. It would be the finishing line on a great movie with a string of references back in time. What a Shame! - but I undertand, that Connery dos'nt want any cooperation with the producers... More

Posted by Preben Kjaerulff at 20:30 on 26 November 2012 | Report This Post

Nobody Does It Better
I've often thought there could be a scenario where someone is bumping off all the double-0 agents and Daniel Craig goes to warn Sean Connery. Cut to the golf course, Connery takes his shot, looks up, sees Daniel Craig and says: "What do YOU want?" That would be amusing, then you could have some banter between them, but I think Connery is done with movies. He had such a bad experience on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it ruined movies for him and I hate director Stephen Norrington f More

Posted by BenTramer at 04:08 on 09 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Sean Connery Was Considered For Skyfall
I'm disappointed it was even considered. Thank goodness Mendes was able to get his way, reading between the lines it sounds like a producer's idea not his own. More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 00:09 on 09 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Why not consider him cameo as the old 007?
Pity it didn't happen.Would have been fun to see James Bond in a James Bond movie again. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 22:28 on 08 November 2012 | Report This Post

Why not consider him cameo as the old 007?
That's something they should do with the story. Reference the fact that Craig's character isn't the first man to be 007. I think it would be fun to see a cameo from any of the other Bond's. Maybe have a scene in Craig's last movie where he hands over the baton to the new guy. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 09:46 on 08 November 2012 | Report This Post

Love you Empire...
...but I never like these stories; its a bit like when I go home from work occasionally and I say to the other half "Hey I was going to buy you some flowers but I didn't in the end" expecting a thanks...her usually reply is "Hey I would have given you the good love tonight if you had done that, but I wont have to in the end now". Seems a bit pointless?? More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:13 on 08 November 2012 | Report This Post

He was in a cameo role. I was there at Greenwich College, but they chopped the whole funeral scene. As it was Connery's birthday, the american AD thought it would be funny if we all burst out laughing as the hearse's went past during one take. We duly did, it was not funny and Mr Connery wasn't impressed. I thought it would have been a strange thing to do, mixing past and present. In the end, what a poor letdown of a film that couldn't even see the basic plot line carried through! What happen More

Posted by Boringbond at 21:17 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I'm also glad this didn't happen although I think they should have got an actor who would at least attempt a Scottish accent More

Posted by musht at 20:01 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Thank god that didn't happen. More

Posted by matty_b at 19:31 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

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It's a good thing this didn't happen. As awesome as the idea of a Connery cameo would have been - especially in the Finney role. It would have killed the film. Would have been great to hear Big Tam call Craig a "jumped up little shit" though. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 19:04 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

I'm glad this didn't happen. It would have been weird, crossing the streams like that. More

Posted by clarkkent at 18:51 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

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