Interestingly, back when Connery was just starting out as an actor, he very nearly didn’t take the role of James Bond, because he didn’t want to be tied down to a whole film series. If he had said no, his life may have been very different – but, of course, he said yes.
However, once Connery had the role, he didn’t really seem to enjoy it. Indeed, he badmouthed the character to the press and to his inner circle. Michael Caine explained in the 1992 biography Sean Connery: Neither Shaken Nor Stirred, “If you were his friend in these early days you didn’t raise the subject of Bond.”
In fact, Caine said, Connery simply hated being associated with just one role, no matter how popular it was. The actor continued, “He was, and is, a much better actor than just playing James Bond, but he became synonymous with Bond. He’d be walking down the street and people would say, ‘Look, there’s James Bond.’ That was particularly upsetting to him.”