Claim: Letter from actor Sean Connery rejects offer to become pitchman for Apple Computers.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2011]
Origins: This image of a purported 1998 letter from actor Sean Connery (famous for his portrayal of agent James Bond) to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, caustically rebuffing an offer to become a pitchman for Apple Computers, hit the
Scoopertino's 19 June 2011 article entitled "EXPOSED: The iMac disaster that almost was" purported to offer a (fictional) episode from Apple's history, taken from the (equally fictional) book iMaculate Conception: How Apple’s iMac Was Born, in which Apple CEO Steve Jobs supposedly sought to boost flagging holiday sales by soliciting actor Sean Connery to lend his name and visage to a 1998 Apple Christmas ad campaign:
Steve Jobs, a lifelong fan of James Bond (he’d originally wanted to name the revolutionary computer "Double-O-Mac"), instructed his agency to begin work on a special celebrity Christmas ad featuring 007 himself, Sean Connery — even though Connery had yet to be signed.
"The ad was of dubious quality, clearly not one of the agency's finer moments," says Woods.
Other spoofs from Scoopertino include "Madame Tussauds opens Apple iChamber of Horrors," "Bill Gates predicts 'Apple Rapture': all Macs to explode in 2012," and "VATICAN SHOCKER: Cardinals tap Siri as next pope."
Last updated: 25 August 2013