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Sean opts for book, not bucks

London, Sept. 30: Sean Connery has abandoned a new film role, for which he was to have been paid about '10 million, to write his autobiography.

Sean, 74, was to have starred in 20th Century Fox's Josiah's Canon as a Holocaust survivor who masterminds the robbery of a Swiss bank that purportedly houses money deposited by Jews.

Shooting of the film is due to start in the Czech Republic.

Nancy Seltzer, the Oscar winner's publicist, said in Los Angeles last night that Sean Connery wanted to devote his time to his memoirs.

She would not comment on a report in Variety, the trade daily, that while the actor's salary was among Hollywood's highest, 'the headaches of mega-budget studio films have completely sapped his enthusiasm.'

Sean has secured a seven-figure deal to write his memoirs with Hunter Davies whose work, Gazza ' My Story, was a bestseller.

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