He almost added another character to his bursting list of credits – one that would have seen him introduced to an entire new generation.
The Scottish actor once told the New Zealand Herald he made the decision to stay away from the trilogy’s first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, as he "never understood" it.
"I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don't understand it," he said.
Ian McKellen eventually accepted the role, and Connery said of his performance: "I believe [he] is marvellous in it."
A 2012 report claimed that Connery's decision cost him $450m (£347.6m) due to the fact the trilogy went on to become one of the biggest of all time.
While Connery had been offered $30m (£23m) for the role, producers also said they would give him 15 per cent of the box office takings.
Connery's final film was 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Its production was so troubled that it ultimately prompted him to retire from acting.
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