Michael Caine has claimed his friend Sean Connery has retired from acting because he wasn't being offered the right parts.
James Bond star Connery turned 81 this week and last appeared in a film in 2003's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Caine, who appeared with Connery in The Man Who Would Be King in 1975, told The Daily Telegraph: "I phoned him the other day, but we never see each other because he doesn't move around a lot now. He won't make another film now. I just asked him. He said, 'No, I'll never do it.'?"
The Italian Job star added: "The movie business retired him because he didn't want to play small parts about old men and they weren't offering him any young parts in romantic leads."
Caine, 79, is currently working on two films which are due out next year - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.