Sir Sean Connery takes the hand of his amorous wife in one of the couple's last pictures – taken months before he died of dementia.
It was taken on the couple's 45th wedding anniversary on May 6th of that year in the Bahamas, where Sean – who died at the age of 90 – had lived for decades.
The picture was taken after Sean's wife Micheline Roquebrune recognized the 007 star as her "beautiful model of a man".
Surrender: Sir Sean Connery takes the hand of his amorous wife in one of the couple's last pictures – taken months before he died of dementia
Micheline, who was married to the Oscar winner for 45 years, revealed how Sean's had been stricken with dementia for the past few months and said, “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.
Family: He was also pictured at his 89th birthday celebrations in the Bahamas with son Jason, 57, and Irish musician Fiona Ufton, 53
& # 39; 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;
Sean's marriage to Micheline survived the actor's well-documented affair with 1980s singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul.
The couple is believed to have celebrated their anniversary at Sean's home, where they died on New Providence Island.
In his final years, Sean rarely left the closed Lyford Cay community, where he retired after packing as an actor in June 2006. He became a virtual recluse and gave his agent strict instructions to turn down all film offers.
He was also pictured at his 89th birthday celebrations in the Bahamas with 57-year-old son Jason and Irish musician partner Fiona Ufton, 53.
Married: Sean married Micheline in a private ceremony in Gibraltar in May 1975 after meeting her five years earlier (pictured together in 1999).
Sean married Micheline in a private ceremony in Gibraltar in May 1975 after meeting her five years earlier.
The couple met in 1970 at a golf tournament in Morocco.
She had been married twice before and Sean had already separated from his first wife, Diane Cilento.
Micheline revealed the couple got it – and went raging within 24 hours of meeting.
Sean said, “In the early days it was difficult for us to see each other.
"She still lived in North Africa with her children."
Micheline is a painter and creates her works with "simplified forms, unexpected cut-outs and scale changes".
She has different interests and also produces plays. Her Broadway play Art won a Tony Award.
Micheline is an avid golfer and often plays golf with her husband, Sean Connery.
Couple: Sean and Micheline did not have children together, but both had children from their previous relationships (pictured together in 2004)
She was also part of the crew of her husband's 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again.
Sean and Micheline did not have children together, but both had children from their previous relationships.
The James Bond actor had a son, Jason Connery, with his first wife, actress Diane Cilento.
Sean was married to Diane for 11 years from 1962 to 1973.
His first marriage was controversial after Diane accused him of being abusive.
Her son Jason is now an English actor, voice actor and director.
He starred in the 1986 ITV drama series Robin Of Sherwood.
Micheline has three children from their previous marriages – Oliver, Micha and Stephane
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