Micheline Roquebrune, the French-Moroccan artist and wife of the late James Bond actor Sean Connery, has revealed that her husband battled dementia before his death.
The iconic Scottish actor died at the age of 90 over the weekend and, while very little detailed information about his passing has been released, 91-year-old artist Roquebrune has been discussing Connery’s battle against dementia in the months prior to his death.
“It was no life for him,” she said in a recent interview with Mail on Sunday. “It took its toll on him. He was not able to express himself latterly”.
She added: “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.” Connery was in the Bahamas when he passed away and, according to his wife, “got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.”
Connery, who won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes throughout his illustrious career, shot to fame when he became the first actor to portray the character James Bond in a film which has since been propelled into one of cinema’s most successful franchises.
James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli shared a joint statement following his death, writing: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words…
“’The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”