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Sean Connery dies: widow Micheline reveals Bond Star's final moments


The wife of film legend Sir Sean Connery, who died at the age of 90, paid an emotional tribute to her “beautiful model of a man” last night.

Micheline, who was married to the Oscar winner for 45 years, revealed how dementia had struck his last few months: “It was no life for him. In the end he couldn't express himself. At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful. I was with him the whole time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.

& # 39; He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his last wish without fussing off. & # 39;

The 91-year-old Moroccan-French painter, who met the Scotsman at a golf tournament in 1970 and became his second wife, added: “He was beautiful and we had a wonderful life together. He was a model of a man. It will be very difficult without him, I know that. But it couldn't last forever and he left peacefully. & # 39;

Sir Sean's death ended one of the most extraordinary lives in recent British history.

Born Thomas Sean Connery, he came from a working-class family in the Fountainbridge district of Edinburgh. He left school at age 14 and joined the Royal Navy.

He later worked in various professions, including as a milkman, worker and truck driver, and as a bodybuilder.

It was a visit to London in 1953 to compete in the Mr Universe competition which fueled his acting career. The future James Bond star took the opportunity to audition for a West End production in the South Pacific and landed a role in the choir. Other stage roles followed and he also broke into television and film, eventually winning a prominent role in the 1959 Disney film Darby O'Gill And The Little People.

But it was cast as 007, which catapulted it to international fame and recognition.

Sir Sean Connery and his wife Micheline at the 34th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery

The popular Bond actor, who died this weekend aged 90, introduced himself with his granddaughter Saskia in 2018

The popular Bond actor, who died this weekend aged 90, introduced himself with his granddaughter Saskia in 2018

His first wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento, claimed in her autobiography that he rejects her success and "cannot cope" with his own fame

His first wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento, claimed in her autobiography that he rejected her success and "couldn't cope" with his own fame

A five year old Sean with his dog in 1935. He was born in Edinburgh to a cleaning lady and a factory worker

A five year old Sean with his dog in 1935. He was born in Edinburgh to a cleaning lady and a factory worker

Sean Connery holds Swiss actress Ursula Andress while she does a handstand on the beach in a white bikini on the set of the film. & # 39; Dr. No & # 39;

Sean Connery holds Swiss actress Ursula Andress while she does a handstand on the beach in a white bikini on the set of the film. & # 39; Dr. No & # 39;

The day I bonded as Caddy # 6

Posted by Alison Kerwin

It started with an elegant Monte Carlo dinner, as all good stories should.

During an interview with a variety of stars for a sports awards event, news flooded the room: Sir Sean Connery had arrived in Monaco and was due to play golf the next day. A plan formed in my head: I would get up early and try to get an interview with him.

So I made my way to the best golf course in Monaco in the early hours of the morning. I spotted the Hollywood star on the first tee, wrapped up against the cold. He had three bodyguards and a creepy-looking black armored car next to him.

& # 39; Sorry. I was just wondering if I could have a few moments of your time. & # 39; I screamed over.

"I don't have time, I have to tee off," he said.

"I could be caddy for you?"

"I have about five caddies," he said.

"Do you need six?" His security moved towards me, but Connery reached out a hand to stop her, smiled, and said & # 39; Yes & # 39 ;. And off we went.

He was absolutely charming: incredibly good company and full of anecdotes. "Golf has become a big part of my life," he said. “Do you know what I'll do when I'm offered a role in a movie? I'm playing a round of golf in the character I'm supposed to play. If I can play 18 holes in character, I'll take the role. & # 39;

He hissed with excitement as shots went his way. "If I get that bastard in the hole I'll dance for joy," he said. It went in and he danced. At the last hole I thanked him for his time. Later that evening, two friends took me to a small family-owned restaurant that was preferred by locals and, it turned out, Connery.

After a few drinks I thought it would be fun to send a bottle of wine for him to drink. He sent back a note with two bottles of wine. The note said, “You don't have to send back four bottles, otherwise we'll be here all night. Remember – I could buy this restaurant. & # 39;

When we were about to leave, he had settled our bill, including the wine I had sent him.

His humble background perhaps made him an unlikely choice to play the polite old Etonian secret agent. But from the moment he joined Dr. No hit the screen, the role was inextricably linked to Connery's own mix of magnetic charm and sex appeal.

His confident, muscular Bond was not only the original but the best for most people, and he would star in six other 007 films.

But at some point he would loathe the role and, after becoming disillusioned with the film business, live as a virtual hermit in the Caribbean in his later years.

His personal life was worth an estimated £ 266 million at his death, his personal life was often as eventful as that on screen, and he was seldom far from controversy. His first wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento, claimed in her autobiography that he rejected her success and “couldn't cope” with his own fame. She accused him of physical and mental abuse, and described an incident in which he allegedly knocked her twice in 1964 in a Spanish hotel room.

Connery vehemently denied the claims, branding his ex-wife as a "crazy woman" who never got through her divorce. However, he later sparked further controversy by telling Playboy magazine, "I don't think it's particularly wrong to hit a woman – although I don't recommend doing it the way you would hit a man.

“A slap in the face with open hands is justified when all other alternatives fail and there are many warnings. If a woman is a slut, or hysterical, or constantly bloody, then I would. & # 39;

Connery soon retired, insisting that he was not an advocate of violence against women, but the damage was done.

His marriage to Micheline survived his roving eye, including a seven-month affair with British pop star Lynsey De Paul.

Meanwhile, his passionate and oft-mentioned promotion of Scotland's independence, despite having lived thousands of miles as a tax exile, resulted in some being charged with hypocrisy – all the more so when he was knighted at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in 2000.

In the 1980s, a sliding career was revived with starring roles in The Name Of The Rose and The Untouchables, which earned him Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the tough Irish cop.

He collected his gong from Cher and Nicolas Cage and addressed the crowd as "ladies and gentlemen, friends, a few enemies".

Realizing it was the 60th anniversary of the ceremony, he added, “I recognized myself recently, my first and only attendance was 30 years ago. Patience is really a virtue. & # 39;

He continued, “If I win this award, there will be some dilemma because I decided to give it to my wife, who deserves it, if I were lucky enough to win it.

“But tonight I found out backstage that they were worth $ 15,000, and now I'm not so sure. Micheline, I'm just kidding. It's yours. & # 39;

Two years later, he was also lauded as the father of Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, the third film in the blockbuster franchise.

In 1989, the US magazine People voted him Sexiest Man Alive, to which the then 59-year-old replied: "Well, there aren't many sexy dead, are there?"

Meanwhile, Connery has built a reputation for being a ruthless contract negotiator. He hated the idea of ​​being manipulated by the film industry and was regularly involved in lawsuits.

A Hollywood insider talked about how a glittering party full of A-listers fell silent when he entered in the 1990s. "When he came in, the room was sucked air," they said.

“There was a who's who of Hollywood stars there, including Demi Moore, Nicolas Cage, Sharon Stone and some of the most powerful studio heads in town, but Connery exuded an almost mythical force. He was sexy, of course, but it was clear he had that magical X-factor.

& # 39; The room literally went silent when he walked in. Then everyone swarmed around him. Micheline never left his side. She guarded him like a lioness. Micheline was the first woman Sean met that was the whole package – she was sexy, charming, funny. & # 39;

Scottish actor Sean Connery as James Bond takes a bath while filming Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Scottish actor Sean Connery as James Bond takes a bath while filming Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

007 gets a somewhat dodgy fashion makeover when he wore jeans in the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again

007 gets a somewhat dodgy fashion makeover when he wore jeans in the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again

Sean Connery as Bond in 1964 with his Aston Martin DB5, which is now inextricably linked to the 007 films

Sean Connery as Bond in 1964 with his Aston Martin DB5, which is now inextricably linked to the 007 films

A lithe Sean Connery from 1965 Thunderball that was filmed in Nassau, Bahamas, where he died that weekend

A lithe Sean Connery from 1965 Thunderball that was filmed in Nassau, Bahamas, where he died that weekend

Connery finds Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) dead in the 1964 Goldfinger - one of the most famous scenes in cinema

Connery finds Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) dead in the 1964 Goldfinger – one of the most famous scenes in cinema

In later years, he directed his agents to refuse all acting and retired with Micheline to life in New Providence, Bahamas. According to Hollywood sources, the producers always offered him "wheelbarrows full of cash" to make a cameo in the movie they were making, but "he just wasn't interested".

In his twilight years he spent much of his time playing golf on the five-star private club course behind his house.

Sir Sean will be cremated in the Bahamas and a memorial service will be held at a later date, the location of which has yet to be determined. It is not known if his ashes will be returned to Scotland.

His wife said, “We haven't decided what to do. We'll talk about that soon, but he's going to be cremated what he wanted in the Bahamas. & # 39;

Yesterday, the actor's 57-year-old son struggled to hold back tears at his home near Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders.

He said, “It is a very difficult time, but there has already been a fair amount of honors for him and that is appreciated. It is a sad day for everyone who knew and loved my father and a sad loss for everyone around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor. & # 39;

Sean Connery as 007 and actress Shriley Eaton on the set of the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger

Sean Connery as 007 and actress Shriley Eaton on the set of the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger

Connery's 007 character kisses Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger in 1964

Connery's 007 character kisses Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger in 1964

Sean Connery and Jill St John, stars of the James Bond film & # 39; Diamonds Are Forever, & # 39; shared a joke about an ice cream on June 1, 1971

Sean Connery and Jill St John, stars of the James Bond film & # 39; Diamonds Are Forever & # 39; shared a joke about an ice cream on June 1, 1971

Connery poses in one of his fancier outfits in the 1974 science fiction film Zardoz

Connery poses in one of his fancier outfits in the 1974 science fiction film Zardoz

From her home in Edinburgh, Sir Sean's sister-in-law, Elinor Connery, 82, who is married to the actor's younger brother, Neil, said: “Unfortunately, Neil is doing very badly at the moment. He is obviously very upset at the news of his only brother's death. It is a very sad time for the whole family.

"We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Among those who paid tribute yesterday was current Bond star Daniel Craig, who tweeted, "Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and more. He defined an era and a style.

& # 39; The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; He helped build the modern blockbuster.

& # 39; He will continue to influence actors and filmmakers for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever it is, I hope there is a golf course. & # 39;

The family of Sir Roger Moore, another 007 who died in 2017 at the age of 89, said: “How deeply sad to hear the news that Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for decades, and Roger always claimed Sean was the best James Bond ever. & # 39;

Perhaps the most fitting farewell, however, came from Richard Moore, the real head of MI6.

He tweeted: & # 39; My favorite bond. No question. I'm sorry he's gone. #SeanConneryRIP. & # 39;

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