MONOPOLY: When it comes to Sean Connery, Barbara Carrera is not afraid to kiss and tell.
The actress, who co-starred alongside the late Scottish actor in the 1983 movie “Never Say Never Again”, told Fox News that she has fond memories of sharing screens with Connery – especially while filming their kiss scene.
“He’s absolutely a wonderful kisser,” the 74-year-old chuckled. “Everything that has been said about him is true.”
“But he is also a gentleman,” she continued. “And you know his wife was on set all the time. He was very vigilant. So the idea of marriage thief did not happen to us. But the scene is so sacred, so pure. It is too special for me ”.
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However, lip locks with James Bond have not always been that simple.
“I remember filming our kiss scene,” Carrera recalls. “We searched and had [his wife] Micheline stared at us. It took us out of the scene. So Sean let her leave the set. We laughed at it a lot after filming for a long time. Micheline has a great sense of humor about the whole thing. “
Carrera said she was originally offered the lead role “Octopussy” in 1983, which included Roger Moore as 007. However, when she heard that Connery was ready to appear in an upcoming movie about an agent. kind-hearted, she refused to take part, even though meant to take on a smaller role.
Connery initially promised never to play Bond again because he was eager to take on different roles. However, he was drawn to an unusual script about a 007. Connery took on the role and helped produce the movie. The result was “Never Say Never Again”, a title suggested by his wife, Micheline Roquebrune.
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“As soon as I knew that Sean Connery was coming back for another Bond movie, I just knew I had to do it,” said Carrera. “It was a movie that people really wanted to see. So I agreed to it without thinking, without watching the script. I just wanted to work with my hero. He was. My Bond. He’s the one I grew up with. So it was an unbelievable opportunity for me to turn it down. “
“Sean Connery is Bond,” she continued. “He has a charisma about him that draws you in. He’s a man. He’s the kind of person men want to emulate. And women want to be dominated by him. He’s the quintessential James Bond. I think all the other Bonds have tried to capture certain magic he has, but it’s just something that can’t be copied. It belongs to him and only to him ”.
In “Never Say Never Again”, the girl who once covered Playboy played the role of professional assassin Fatima Blush. But despite his nail-hard personality, Carrera said it was difficult not to melt when he saw Connery when he first walked on set.
“When I looked him in the eye, I saw Bond,” she recalls. “It’s hard to separate the man from the character. But when I got to know him, I found things about him that were not entirely Bondish. He’s a very sensitive man. He appreciated music when we weren’t filming. And even though I was very stressed out, he was always patient and kind to me. I never forget how he made me feel. It is wonderful. “
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According to Carrera, there was something she did not expect from her idol when filming “Never Say Never Again”.
“He’s afraid of the deep ocean,” she shared. “He and I had a scene where we had to scuba dive. I’ve never done that before and neither did Sean, I found out. We should have done this when we were in the south of France the first month of filming, but we are constantly excusing why we couldn’t meet with the guide. We finally found ourselves in Bermuda, where we had to do that underwater shot. Neither of us had the courage to go into the water as it was shown to us by the instructor. “
“I remember we were wearing scuba gear and every time I looked at Sean, his lips were so blue,” she recalls. “I kept saying to myself, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to have a heart attack.’ I tried to joke with him, but he doesn’t understand. I realized he was petrified. I don’t know how he did it, but we went underwater and filmed the scene. But it’s amazing to see this man so vulnerable that you know he is scared.
Carrera says she and Connery remained in touch for many years.
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“Whenever he was in town, we would meet,” she said. “The last time I saw him and his wife was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. He is running away from some women chasing him. It’s been 10 years since I last spoke with him. You know what it’s like with these. You haven’t met a single friend in a decade, and when you do, time feels still. That has been our friendship over the years ”.
Connery died on October 31 at the age of 90. His wife and two sons said he “died peacefully in a sleep surrounded by family” in the Bahamas, where he lives. Son Jason Connery said his father has been “unwell for a while.”
Connery is survived by wife, brother Neil and sons Jason and Stefan. His journalist Nancy Seltzer said there would be a private ceremony followed by a memorial service when the coronavirus epidemic ended.
“I think his Bond role will last forever,” said Carrera. “He has this special quality on screen. You never know if he’ll kiss you or kill you. That was the biggest thrill of my life. I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work with a great actor and a wonderful person like Sean. He will be missed. I know I will always miss him ”.
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Barbara Carrera is scheduled to appear at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Conference in August 2021. The Associated Pressed contributed to this report.