When I watched Skyfall I said that Albert Finney’s character was “was surely written for Sean Connery”. It would appear that I wasn’t that far off the mark. Director Sam Mendes has stated that Connery’s name did come up during the development process, but the idea was ditched because it would have been too distracting.
Mendes told The Huffington Post:
“There was a definite discussion about that — way, way early on. But I think that’s problematic. Because, to me, it becomes too … it would take you out of the movie. Connery is Bond and he’s not going to come back as another character. It’s like, he’s been there. So, it was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract.”
He has a point. As great as it would have been for Sean Connery to be in Skyfall, you would just be thinking, “It’s Sean Connery in a James Bond movie! With Daniel Craig!” The last thirty minutes would have been a total wipe-out.
It also remains to be seen if Connery would have taken the role. After all, he has said that he has retired, and he did turn down Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
However, you should never say never.
Source: The Huffington Post