Bond girl Lana Wood reveals why the Sean Connery affair ended

O’Toole. Lots of O’Toole.

Lana Wood scored the coveted role of Bond girl Plenty O’Toole in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” and at the same time entered into an affair with star Sean Connery.

Wood, 75, revealed to Fox News why the sling ended and the two went their separate ways.

“I knew Sean,” the younger sister told the late Hollywood icon Natalie Wood. “I had met him many years ago. My boyfriend at the time was [film producer] Jerome Hellman, who was friends with Sean. We were invited to dinner at his house and I remember he was funny. “

The former Bond babe also called Connery – who died in October 2020 at the age of 90 from pneumonia, heart problems and old age – “magnetic” and “charismatic”.

“He was very magnetic,” she said. “[Connery] was very charismatic and we just had a great evening. I felt so comfortable with him. I was completely safe. So when I saw Sean walk through the lobby on the first day of the set, I was delighted. I was a nervous wreck, so I felt like I had at least one friend. ”

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“I felt so comfortable with him. I was completely safe,” Wood said of Connery as they filmed.
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Wood and Connery had a brief, passionate affair at the time, and she claimed it was her who ended it. The “Peyton Place” star then explained that she put an end to the relationship because she was in a “really nice relationship with [composer] Leslie Bricusse. ”

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Wood poses for a photo shoot in 1971.
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“Leslie had traveled back to London. And I just felt like I really had to tell Sean that this relationship would not continue because I was very much in love with Leslie Bricusse. I thought Sean was absolutely wonderful, but I could not see him anymore, “Wood remembered.” I had to tell him. So when I told him that, he said, ‘I understand that completely.’ And that was that. We were in the hallway leading to the casino and getting ready to shoot. And I walked away. I finished filming and then went back to hair and makeup. “

Lana Wood in 2018.
Lana Wood in 2018.

She continued, “I just needed him to know. And so many years later, it suddenly occurred to me. He was probably thinking, ‘What a stupid girl! Of course we should not have a relationship.’ “It was funny that I had to say something to him. But I had to be honest with him.”

Sean Connery and Lana Wood ind "Diamonds are forever."
Sean Connery and Lana Wood in “Diamonds Are Forever”.
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According to the British publication Express, it was the “Marnie” actor who started the affair. ‘I’ve never been this far. We went out to dinner, met some of his friends and then went for a walk, and you know it, ”Wood said in September.

Lana Wood in a 1971 photo call for "Diamonds are forever."
Lana Wood in a 1971 photo for “Diamonds Are Forever”.
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“We actually started having an affair before the filming started, but we kept it a secret. None of us were married at the time, but it is still not done to be public about it, ”she said. “I remember I was very embarrassed when we had to do the love scenes because we were trying not to let people know.

“You want to be a good actress, but in order not to seem too convincing,” Wood revealed.


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