When James Bond actor Sean Connery died in 2020, he was 90 years old. Over the course of his nine decades, the actor had accomplished a great many things, including being knighted by the Queen of England! However, Sean apparently spent the final moments of his life slowly wasting away from dementia. Although his widow claims that he passed away peacefully, he was nowhere near the man that he used to be upon his death. Join Facts Verse as Sean Connery’s widow reveals what his final moments were like.
During the final months of his life, Sean Connery’s quality of living was drastically altered by his dementia. The actor suffered from the condition severely during his last days, and eventually succumbed at the age of 90 in 2020. The James Bond actor passed away at his home in the Bahamas, and his widow claims that he died just the way that he had always anticipated and hoped that he was going to after his retirement from the entertainment industry in the 2000s.
That widow is Micheline Roquebrune, who was married to Sean Connery for well over four decades before his death. Micheline was one of only two wives that Sean claimed during his lifetime, though the actor had affairs with many, many women during his time in Hollywood. Sean’s first wife was a woman named Diane Cilento, who claimed that Sean abused her during their marriage. Before his death, Sean faced controversy for remarks he made regarding whether or not he thought it was okay to hit a woman, and those remarks substantiated the abuse claims.
If Sean Connery didn’t treat his first wife very well, he seems to have treated his second wife much better! Micheline has a much more favorable opinion of her late husband than his first wife did. Micheline claims that she had a hard time witnessing her longtime husband deteriorate into his old age, and she was glad that he was able to pass away peacefully, just as he had always wanted to. Although Sean’s passing was indeed tragic, the actor certainly lived a long and fulfilling life before his eventual demise.
Of course, Sean Connery remains best known for being the first, and arguably most fondly remembered, actor to portray the character of James Bond on film. Sean’s first appearance as the character came in the 1962 film Dr. No, and he subsequently played the character several more times before passing on the torch to a variety of different actors. Besides Dr. No, Sean can also be seen portraying the character of James Bond in the films From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, and Never Say Never Again. Sean’s final appearance as the character came in 1983, and it was only a few more decades before the actor would choose to retire from the entertainment industry altogether.
Although numerous actors have stepped into the role of James Bond in the days since Sean’s first portrayal of the character, many consider Sean’s Bond to be the most iconic. Sean Connery is still the standard that most new Bond actors are forced to measure up to, and all of the subsequent Bond actors were quick to pay tribute to the legend in the wake of his passing. The most recent James Bond actor is Daniel Craig, who credited Sean with helping shape his critically acclaimed portrayal of the character.
According to widow Micheline Roquebrune, Sean Connery’s final wishes were to have his ashes scattered partially in his homeland of Scotland, and partially in his more recent home of the Bahamas. Micheline made a vow to fulfill this wish, though travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic made fulfillment impossible in the immediate wake of his passing. Hopefully, Micheline has managed to make good on her promise to her late husband! However, she has been dealing with accusations of tax fraud lately, and may even end up facing some time in jail if she’s found guilty.
The last known photo of Sean Connery featured him alongside his son Jason at the age of 89. Jason is the child of Sean Connery and Diane Cilento, and Sean maintained a close relationship with him up until his 2020 death. At the time of his death, Sean had been retired from the entertainment industry for well over a decade in the wake of the much-maligned 2003 blockbuster The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. If you’re enjoying this video so far, be sure to hit the like button to show your support! Also, subscribe to the channel if you’d like to be among the first to know when more Facts Verse videos are on their way!
Despite Sean Connery’s immense success as the character of James Bond, he had a hard time maintaining his critical and commercial acclaim later in his career. Sean’s lack of success in his later career was due predominantly to his poor choices when it came to projects. There were numerous roles throughout the 1990s and early 2000s that Sean Connery reportedly turned down in favor of taking parts in features that ended up commercially underperforming. Some of the roles that Sean reportedly turned down include the role of Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the role of Morpheus in 1999’s The Matrix, and the role of John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Sean turned down these previously mentioned roles because he felt that the projects weren’t going to be successful. Instead, Sean Connery chose to take part in features such as 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was so poorly received upon it’s release that it caused the author of the source material to refuse to allow his name to be credited on any subsequent adaptation of his works. Despite the hard times that Sean Connery had later in his career, he did have a few notable successes after retiring as James Bond.
One of Sean Connery’s later career successes came via his portrayal of Indiana Jones’ father in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. After the confused reception of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, fans considered the third feature to be a return to form, and Sean Connery’s performance was given plenty of praise. Harrison Ford even campaigned to have Sean eventually come back and portray his father yet again in a future film, though these plans never came to fruition. After the poor reception of the fourth Indiana Jones feature, plans for a fifth film slowed down.
Another late career success for Sean Connery was the Michael Bay film The Rock, which cast Sean alongside Nicholas Cage. The film was received positively by critics and audiences alike, and proved that Sean Connery still had everything that it took to be an action star in 1996. Sadly, the actor’s retirement would come less than a decade later, though not so much as a result of his lack of ability as his lack of success with choosing jobs.
Sean Connery became a household name thanks to his portrayal of James Bond, but he grew tired with playing the character soon after the premiere of Dr. No. Sean continued working on subsequent features for money and out of obligation to the producers. After he quit the first time, he came back to reprise the role once officially and once in the non-canon feature Never Say Never Again. Despite the fact that Sean Connery’s career took a downward trajectory starting in the 1980s, he still had several major successes through the decade, as well as throughout the 1990s.
After retiring from the character of James Bond, Sean’s first career revival came in the form of his role in the 1987 feature The Untouchables. The hit gangster film put Sean back into the spotlight, and he subsequently made a name for himself as a slightly older action star apart from his younger days as James Bond. His appearance in the previously referenced Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came after this, but that role was more comedic than action-oriented.
Throughout the 1990s, Sean Connery had numerous hits in addition to 1996’s The Rock. Some of Sean’s other successes of the 1990s included 1990’s The Hunt for Red October and 1999’s Entrapment. He even had another hit in 1996 with Dragonheart. In the year 2000, the Queen of England knighted Sean, and he received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Even though Sean still faces criticism posthumously for the alleged abuse he perpetrated against first wife Diane Cilento, many still venerate the late Scottish star. Diane Cilento passed away in 2011, and Sean was continuously questioned about his views on domestic violence up until his 2020 death. Sean claimed in a 1993 Vanity Fair interview that he wasn’t above hitting a woman, and these claims came back to haunt him in a big way. These claims became particularly notable once people started becoming more interested in Sean’s marriage to Diane Cilento.
While Sean has been criticized both posthumously and before his death for his supposed misogynistic views, the character he popularized has also been criticized for his archaic views on women. James Bond has grown a lot as a character in the days since Sean Connery portrayed him, as the producers have done a lot to fix some of the character’s more problematic attributes regarding his tendency to objectify his female peers. If Sean’s successful marriage to Micheline Roquebrune is any indication, the actor mirrored the character he popularized by becoming a better person.
Although Sean Connery was once one of the most popular celebrities in all of Hollywood, the James Bond actor spent his final months a shell of his former self due to dementia. Now it’s time to hear from you: did you know that Sean Connery suffered severely from dementia during his final months, or did you think that the actor had been enjoying a peaceful life at his home in the Bahamas? As always, like this video to show your support, and subscribe and hit the notification bell if you’d like to be among the first to know when more Facts Verse videos are on their way!