During a promo interview for Octopussy, Moore openly said: “Of course, Jack Schwartzman came to me and asked me if I wanted to do that, or did I want to do this. So, yes, of course, that gave me a certain amount of leverage.
“I said to Sean, ‘Which one do you want to do?’ and he didn’t want to do the one with Cubby, so I’m here and he’s there.”
He’s’ referring to the legendary bad blood between the original Bond actor and the franchise’s equally legendary (and strong-willed) producer.
The alpha pair had famously fallen out and refused to be on set at the same during the filming of 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever.