Long reluctant to pen his memoirs, Sean Connery has inked a deal with HarperCollins U.K. to write his autobiography.
HarperCollins confirmed earlier this week that it has bought the British rights to Connery’s book, set to be published in late 2006.
Publisher declined to discuss the advance, but the 73-year-old Connery, best known for his bigscreen portrayal of James Bond, is rumored to have received a $1.75 million advance from HarperCollins. European and U.S. rights could push that figure even higher.
“Having always vowed never to write my autobiography, here I am standing on the runway awaiting my journey into a new space. It’s rather scary, but utterly exhilarating, and I’m looking forward to it,” Connery told reporters.
HarperCollins U.K. prexy Victoria Barnsley said the autobiography would be more honest than most celebrity memoirs. In addition to his acting career, Connery is expected to talk about his controversial involvement with the Scottish National party and the political attempts to block his knighthood.