The first – and for many, the definitive – 007 of cinema, Sean Connery, passed away on Oct. 31, 2020, at the age of 90 years old. He lived an astounding life filled with accomplishments and had the support of fans, critics and loved ones over his many years in the entertainment industry. It’s safe to say that Connery was truly a legend.
The Scottish actor’s iconic career spanned more than six decades and extended far beyond just playing the suave secret spy, even if his seven portrayals of 007 still remain many James Bond fans’ favorites.
Born on Aug. 25, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the actor’s full name was Thomas Sean Connery, but he was known by his middle name long before his acting career began. A keen sportsman in his young adult years, Connery tried various physical activities, including bodybuilding and football, before he took a job working backstage at the King’s Theatre in 1951 to earn extra income.
Shortly after, he became interested in the workings of the theater, and before too long he’d landed bit parts in productions and began to actively pursue larger roles. He soon transitioned to TV and film and eventually landed major roles in the late 1950s, including opposite Lana Turner in “Another Time, Another Place.” But it was his casting as the original screen portrayal of British secret agent James Bond that was his breakthrough.
In his personal life, Connery was married to actress Diane Cilento for more than a decade and then married French-Moroccan painter Micheline Roquebrune in 1975. They were together until his death. However, there were reports that Connery had an affair with singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul. Let’s take a look at the actor’s life and career.
However, there were some controversies surrounding Connery’s personal life, as the Evening Standard reported that he had had an alleged affair with de Paul, a singer-songwriter. De Paul opened up about the affair back in the 1990s when Connery’s first wife claimed she encountered abuse within their relationship. De Paul revealed that she was “disgusted” by Connery’s past actions and attitude toward the difficult topic.
According to the Evening Standard, the affair began back in 1989 after Connery and de Paul met at a party. Even though Roquebrune was there, Connery still flirted with the singer. “I didn’t want to have an affair with him and I tried to keep our relationship platonic but he pursued me relentlessly,” de Paul said.
At first, she didn’t see Connery as her type but was swooned by his “charming” ways. It ended abruptly after several months, and de Paul expressed her regret in 2007.
Nevertheless, Connery lived a happy life with Roquebrune, and together they resided in Nassau, Bahamas, since the 1990s. It was at their home that the late actor passed away in Oct. 2020. Soon after his death, Roquebrune revealed that Connery was struggling with dementia late in his life, but that he got his wish to pass away peacefully.
She told The Guardian:
“At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful. I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.”
In another interview around the time of his death, Roquebrune spoke of the wonderful life they had together, calling him “a model of a man.”
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