Why did Steven Seagal break Sean Connery’s wrist?

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Sean Connery destined for diamonds are forever be his last James Bond movie. By 1964, Connery had had enough of playing the role. , so when diamonds rolled about seven years later and announced I would never play the role again Most people took him at his word. However, he ended up playing Bond one more time in 1983. never say never again ; the film’s title was actually the idea of ​​Connery’s wife, Micheline Roquebrune, after her first retirement from her role did not last.

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Sean Connery was wrong, but he might have wished he had been true to his word. The production of the film was a bit of a nightmare; For almost 40 years, rumors have circulated about how unpleasant the pre-production and shooting of the film were. With so many Hollywood legends, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction and history from ego. However, one rumor can be verified: During the project, stunt coordinator Steven Seagal ended up breaking Connery’s wrist while the two were training for the film’s stunts.

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The story goes like this: Sean Connery was learning aikido from Steven Seagal for one of the movie’s fight sequences. Connery described the incident to Jay Leno in 1996 , saying: ‘We were training in the building where he had an apartment. … I got a little arrogant because I thought I knew what I was doing.’ Connery raised his arm the wrong way and Seagal hit and broke. Connery later told Leno that the doll was still broken and that he had only learned of the break the year before, 14 years after the film’s release.


The injury appears to have been relatively minor; the only real consequence was that Connery had trouble reaching his pocket. For his part, Seagal didn’t discuss the incident until 2012 and seemed less convinced. Talking to the french site daily mars , Seagal said, ‘I don’t know if I did it, I just trained him.’ The stunt coordinator defended himself and said, ‘Maybe it happened, but I think maybe he did it to himself.’ I didn’t suddenly lose control and break his arm like the rumor has it. Seagal added, however (in what was… perhaps a joke?), ‘On the other hand, yes, in real life my arms are broken.’ In any case, Seagal’s comment is more or less in line with what Connery said, which is that Sean Connery was probably less of a victim of Steven Seagal and more of a victim of his own hubris.

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