In an industry that sees couples make up and break up rapidly, the late Sean Connery had his heart set on only one woman for 40 years.
There was no denying that Sean Connery truly suited his role as Bond... James Bond. His death in 2020 only reminded us of the immense talent he possessed. With his looks and charm, men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. But only one person ever held his heart—his wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune Connery. And he loved her until his last breath.
Having first met in 1970 at a golf tournament in Morocco, when their eyes met across the dinner table, there was a spark neither of them could deny. Sean had called the French-Moroccan painter "ma cherie" in his sexy Scottish tongue, according to The Sun. However, as much as it had the makings of a romantic Hollywood scene, real life was far from a fairytale.
At the time, Micheline had already been married twice and had three kids, while Sean was still with his first wife, actress Diane Cilento (until their divorce in 1973). That did nothing to dampen their intense attraction to each other but nothing came of it then. Micheline told The Sun, “I saw this man from the back, and of course, he had a fine physique. But that first day I didn’t know who he was or anything about him. Then I dreamed I saw this man. I was in his arms. And I thought ‘At last, peace’. The next day I went back to the tournament and that was that!”
After the tournament, the two of them returned to their respective partners. However, one day, just two years later, Micheline received a message from the Indiana Jones actor to meet him in Marbella, a small coastal town in Spain, according to Heavy. At first, Micheline was stunned at his gall, "[I think to myself] ‘Who does he think he is?’ … " But once she got there, "he locks his eyes on mine and says, ‘I’ve missed you … I can’t stop thinking about you and I can’t forget you.'”
And despite the fact that Sean and Micheline barely knew French and English respectively, they didn't let the language barrier between them. In fact, the French painter said that they had "no problem communicating — body language!” Their connection went deeper than just body language though, so much so that Sean actually recognized her from her feet. Their biggest hurdle at the time, early on in their relationship, was the distance, what with her living in North Africa and him in Hollywood.
He told the news outlet, "In the early days, it was difficult for us to see each other. She was still living in North Africa with her children. We were in separate queues coming off different flights. There was a partition and underneath I saw these feet. I immediately recognized them and tried to get through to see her." So fighting the crowd of fans and other passengers with every bit of strength he possessed, he managed to wait for her at the other end of the line. Recalling that, the 90-year-old world-renowned painter had laughed and said, “I’m so glad because if I had arrived at an empty apartment that would have been it finished!
Just a couple of years later, in 1975, the two tied the knot, vowing to be there for each other. In the 1990s, they packed up shop and moved to live in the Bahamas full time. Up until the actor's death in 2020 at the age of 90, the couple continued to go out on dates. In fact, according to The Daily Mail, in 2014, the couple were spotted looking at lingerie while out on a date together and cozying up during a meal.
The vows they made to each other were intact and kept. As Sean Connery once said, “Micheline is an amazing woman. She is the love of my life.” And the love of his life stayed with him as he passed away peacefully, just the way he wanted after battling dementia for a long time. As per The Hollywood Reporter, in an interview with The Mail, Micheline said, "He was gorgeous and we had a wonderful life together. He was a model of a man. It is going to be very hard without him, I know that. But it could not last forever and he went peacefully."
May he rest in peace.