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Last Updated: Friday, 2 December 2005, 17:52 GMT
Connery backing for new 007 actor
Sean Connery
Connery said he tired of his role as James Bond
Sir Sean Connery has given his backing to the latest actor to play James Bond.

Daniel Craig, 37, best-known for his role in thriller Layer Cake and on TV's Our Friends in the North will make his debut as 007 in Casino Royale.

Sir Sean, was famed in the role in the 1960s, exclusively told BBC One's Breakfast that Craig was as a "terrific choice... a completely new departure".

Sir Sean will pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Film Academy awards this weekend.

Special effects

Pierce Brosnan, Sir Roger Moore, George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton have also played James Bond in the past.

Producers considered more than 200 actors from around the world over two years before settling on Craig.

Sir Sean added that the actor would be "really interesting, different" in the role.

Craig has focused on film in recent years with roles in Sylvia, Enduring Love and Road to Perdition.

He has said he was not looking to redefine the role of James Bond, but take it "somewhere maybe where it's never gone before".

Connery played James Bond in seven films between 1962 and 1983 including Dr No and Diamonds Are Forever.

The Oscar-winner told the BBC he eventually became tired of the part.

"One of the reasons I stopped doing it was because I got really fed up with the space stuff and special effects," he said.

"I just found it getting more and more influential in the movies."

The full interview will be shown on Breakfast on BBC One on Monday.




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