Having taken a couple of years off, Sean Connery was rested and refreshed. He had various philanthropic projects underway, such as a scholarship program for Scottish artists to keep them in Scotland, and he found that he needed money for that. Lots of money. So, with the George Lazenby experiment having fizzled, at least in the eyes of the James Bond producers, Sean Connery agreed to return in the role of James Bond one last time. In exchange, he received a barrel full of money and positioned himself nicely for the great other roles he wished to play in the brand new, exciting decade of the 1970s.