James Bond Was Not the Only Iconic British Franchise That Sean Connery Could Have Been a Part of

Sean Connery refused to work in the Harry Potter franchise as well as Steven Spielberg!

James Bond Was Not the Only Iconic British Franchise That Sean Connery Could Have Been a Part of


  • Sean Connery is the veteran actor known for portrayign the role of James Bond across seven films!
  • Connery was offered the role of Albus Dumbledore in the 2001 movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone but he refused.
  • Connery also revealed that he also refused to work with Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones 4!
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Sean Connery, the iconic actor known for portraying the role of James Bond across seven films was also the first actor to ever take on the role of Bond. Starring in the iconic franchise gave Connery worldwide fame and offers for other franchises as well.


Another British franchise that wanted Sean Connery’s stardom also became quite a memorable one. Connery was offered an important role in the franchise but the actor, however, rejected the opportunity because he didn’t like the subject!

sean connery never say never again
Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again

Sean Connery Was Supposed To Join The Harry Potter Franchise!

After portraying the role of the 007 Agent across seven films, Connery made his final appearance as James Bond in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again. After departing the franchise, Connery went on to pursue further projects.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery as James Bond

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Back in 2001, Sean Connery was approached for the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. As per Deccan Herald, Connery did not like the subject of the film and thus he turned down the offer. The role was then offered to Irish actor Richard Harris who portrayed the role for the first two films. After the actor’s unexpected death, Michael Gambon replaced the actor and finished the franchise.

It would have been quite an iconic franchise if Connery had starred in the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore. The Harry Potter franchise isn’t the only one that Sean Connery has refused over the years. In an interview, the actor revealed that he refused Steven Speilberg’s Indiana Jones 4 because it didn’t work out!


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Sean Connery Also Refused Indiana Jones 4 

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones 3
Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones 3

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Many fans were shocked to learn that Sean Connery and Harrison Ford did not reunite for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Connery revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Spielberg personally approached him for the movie but it didn’t work out!


“I spoke with Spielberg, but it didn’t work out. It was not that generous a part, worth getting back into the harness and go for. And they had taken the story in a different line anyway, so the father of Indy was kind of really not that important. I had suggested they kill him in the movie, it would have taken care of it better.”

Sean Connery died in the year 2020 but his legacy as James Bond has been continued over the years. The actor was last seen in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen after which Connery retired from Hollywood.


Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.