Actor Sir Sean Connery is to write his memoirs - after previously saying he would never complete an autobiography.
Sir Sean said the prospect of his book was "scary but exhilarating"
He will tell his life story from humble beginnings in Edinburgh to world fame in the James Bond films and beyond.
Publisher HarperCollins confirmed on Sunday that Sir Sean had secured a six-figure deal for the book, which will be published in autumn next year.
Sir Sean, 73, said: "It's rather
scary, but utterly exhilarating, and I'm looking forward to it."
He added: "Having always vowed never to write my autobiography, here I am standing on the runway awaiting my journey into a new space."
HarperCollins said the book would be "more honest" than most celebrity memoirs.
"He has promised that he is going to be very frank about his entire life," said a spokeswoman.
Born Thomas Connery, Sir Sean left school at 13 to work on a milk round before joining the Royal Navy three years later.
He turned to body-building after being invalided out of the forces at 18 as a result of an ulcer.
His first break was a TV production called Requiem for a Heavyweight, which led to a string of B-movies. His fortunes changed when he was picked for the Bond role by director Cubby Broccoli in 1962.
His appearances in Bond titles such as Dr No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger propelled him to international fame. Further success followed in films such as The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Hunt for Red October.
Sir Sean lives in the Bahamas from where he donates money to the Scottish National Party.