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I Never Read The Novel

29th May 2013

BBC Television interviewed Sean Connery in 1971 about why he came back to the role of 007 in 'Diamonds Are Forever'

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In the run up to the release of "Diamonds Are Forever" and his return to the role of James Bond in 1971, Sean Connery was interviewed by BBC television about why he came back to 007 and what the future may hold for the Scottish star. Interestingly for Bond scholars, Connery admits here that he only ever read three of the Ian Fleming novels: 'Thunderball' (because they were going to shoot that as the very first Bond film), 'Live And Let Die' and 'From Russia With Love'. He also contends that the weakness of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" at the box-office gave him the leverage he needed to negotiate a deal on his terms.

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