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Poster from 1964 release of Goldfinger.<br />
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Film star Sean Connery made a series of vain demands to ensure he received top billing in all advertising for hit James Bond film Goldfinger, a rarely seen document has revealed.<br />
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Connery was already a worldwide star when he reprieved the role of British spy Bond in the 1964 film, the third film of the Bond series.<br />
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To guarantee his fame would continue to snowball, Connery demanded star billing in all promotional material prior to the film's release.<br />
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In a contract drawn up on the Scottish actor's behalf he insisted that his name must appear at least 25 per cent bigger than - and on a separate line to - the name of any other cast member on posters and ads for the film.<br />
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Connery, 34 at the time, also stipulated any image of him had to appear much bigger than any of the film's other stars, including Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton and Gert Frobe.<br />
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The contract is tipped to fetch 1,000 pounds when it goes under the hammer at an International Autograph Auctions sale in London on Saturday.