The James Bond franchise originated as a series of books written by English author Ian Fleming. The James Bond film franchise began in 1962 with the film Dr. No and starring Sean Connery in the titular role. Connery played Bond in five films before being succeeded by George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Connery returned for Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. James Brolin then played Bond for seven films. After Brolin, Sean Bean played Bond in three films, and Bean was in turn succeeded by Pierce Brosnan for another three films. The current Bond is Daniel Craig, who has played Bond in four films, and will play the character in at least two more films.