1. Sean Connery Signs 2 Million Pound Deal for Autobiography

    By Athena Stamos on 2004-07-04

    James Bond legend, Sean Connery, now 73, has finally agreed to write his life story after previously saying he would never complete his memoirs. He will tell his whole story which starting in humble Edinburgh and continued to world fame as James Bond… and beyond.

    “It’s rather scary, but utterly exhilarating, and I’m looking forward to it. Having always vowed never to write my autobiography, here I am standing on the runway awaiting my journey into a new space.”

    -Sir Sean Connery

    Publisher HarperCollins confirmed last Sunday that Sir Sean Connery had secured a six-figure deal for the eagerly awaited autobiography. Connery has received about £1m for the British and Commonwealth rights to his story from HarperCollins, while American and European rights will boost that sum to more than £2m.

    “We are honoured to have been selected to represent Sir Sean Connery, whose memoir has long been thought of as the “Holy Grail” for publishers. His is an astonishing life, encompassing as it does the highest levels of artistic achievement over the longest period of time on the international scene. It is also one of the great personal stories of triumph over humble beginnings.”

    -Mort Janklow
    Negotiator of the high-profile deal for UK and Commonwealth rights to Sir Sean`s autobiography

    Sean Connery’s autobiography will be due for publication in the autumn of 2006. It will not only please fans for the details it will reveal of over 40 years of movie history, but is expected to settle several old scores as well. Those who have crossed the star in the press, politics and film world have reason to be apprehensive of what the book might reveal.

    “He has promised that he is going to be very frank about his entire life.”

    -Spokeswoman for HarperCollins

    His autobiography is likely to include his stormy relationship with the James Bond film producers. And details of his turbulent marriage to Diane Cilento. Accusations that he beat her up still make the star angry and he has flatly denied them. He also denies making the comment: “To slap a woman is not the cruellest thing you can do to her.”