The book, by noted writer Martin Hazel, claims that Connery had absolutely no clue that any James Bond films were ever made that did not star him.
“I thought they ended the franchise when I left,” he is quoted as saying in the book. “When did this happen? Get me Ian Fleming on the phone. Now!” Fleming, who created the Bond character, died in 1964.
Connery originated the role in the film franchise in 1963’s “Dr. No.” He portrayed Bond in a total of seven other films. Other actors who played the suave secret agent include Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig and to a lesser extent, Timothy Dalton.
Other stunning revelations in the book include his complete disdain for any other actors or crew on the set of “The Untouchables,” for which Connery won his only Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor.
People associated with the film are quoted in the book as saying that Connery would constantly corner members of the crew and bore them relentlessly with made-up tales and stories about how well he knew Elliott Ness personally, and how Ness’ wife constantly came on to him when he hung out with them. Ness died in 1957.
Less salacious tidbits from the book include the facts that Connery reads magazines from back to front, that he prefers the New York Daily News to the New York Times and that his nickname for Kevin Costner, his co-star in “The Untouchables,” was “Sunshine” as in, “K.C. and the Sunshine Band.”
He apparently is also a terrible tipper, hates raisins in anything other than cereal and has an odd affinity for sloths.