Sean Connery's son Jason said his dad was not a "monster" after his mom made tabloids believe otherwise. Although his ex-wife claimed he didn't leave their son with an inheritance, Jason continued to adore his father, and here is why.
Movie icon Sean Connery was famous for his portrayal of James Bond. With swift movements and thrilling actions, Sean didn't only capture criminals, but he caught the ladies' attention with his sing-song eyes and perfect physique while paying Bond.
Throughout a career that spanned seven decades, Sean remained at the top of the chart as fans couldn't get enough of his actions. Nonetheless, he abruptly stepped aside as he grew older and a new era of skillful movie stars arrived.
A SAD LOSS FOR ALL
Being the first to bring James Bond to the screen, Sean became the fictional character, making his role look as natural as possible. But his act as James Bond was the only character that caught fans' attention.
Sean was one actor who could keep an audience glued to the screen. From playing Green Knight in "Sword of the Valiant" to Jim Malone in "The Untouchables," Sean was not just an actor but a forever pop culture icon.
Sadly while many may wish to get more of this movie icon's prowess, it turns out he can not live forever. On October 31st, 2020, Sean died peacefully in his sleep after being ill for some time.
Sean Connery with his first wife Diane Cilento at the film premiere of "You Only Live Twice" | Photo: Getty Images
The actor's son Jason Connery said his father was surrounded by many family members when he died in Nassau, where much of the Bond project "Thunderball" was filmed. Also, as he announced his father's death, he noted:
"A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."
LIFE WITH FIRST WIFE AND CONTROVERSIES
Jason is Sean's son with first-wife and Australian actress Diane Cilento. The "Hunt for Red October" actor and Cilento tied the knot in 1962 but ended their marriage ten years later, with Cilento coming out with many allegations against Sean.
Cilento, like her husband, was an acclaimed stage and screen performer. With a husky voice and a perfectly carved body, the blond beauty was famous for being a sex symbol in the 1950s and '60s.
With her sultry displays that steamed up British movies and Hollywood films, she was as recognizable as her husband. She also got an Oscar nomination before Sean.
But, despite all she had accomplished as an actress, Cilento couldn't prevent living in the James Bond actor's shadow. However, in the 1970s, Cilento decided she needed people to describe her as an excellent young star and not James Bond's bride.
The actress, who was done being James Bond's wife, got the chance to reclaim her initial status when her already tumultuous marriage ended in the early '70s. At the time of their split, Cilento said: "the whole damn Bond thing took over our lives."
Cilento, who was frustrated throughout her marriage to Sean, voiced her struggles during the promotion of her memoir "My Nine Lives" in 2006.
Diane Cilento pictured in London on 28th October 1969 | Photo: Getty Images
According to her, people only wanted to know what being Mrs. James Bond is like. The actress said her life was more complicated than just being the wife of the Western macho idol. Cilento used her memoir to accuse Sean of both physical and mental abuse.
The movie icon's ex-wife claimed he had beaten her, making her fall to the floor. But, Sean, who had earlier said slapping a woman was no big deal, denied Cilento's allegations.
However, Cilento wasn't done with her claims. She made headlines again when she noted that Sean had removed their son Jason from his will. Consequently, Sean denied her statements and claimed his ex-wife knew nothing about his life because they had not seen each other for nearly 37 years.
Sean and Cilento's son, Jason, is also an actor. Since he rose to stardom playing Robin Hood in the UK television series "Robin Hood," Jason has made appearances in more than 30 films, television movies, and series.
Born into a star-studded home, Jason grew up in London and Scotland. He attended boarding school at Somerset, where he received a half-scholarship for swimming. Jason developed an interest in acting while studying at the Gordonstoun School for Boys in Scotland.
At the boys-only school, he started the Inter-House Players Group and even assumed the role of a director and helped guide his classmates. Jason was then admitted into The Bristol Old Vic Drama School and, one year later, to Perth Repertory Company in Scotland.
Jason worked hard rehearsing day and night, worked as an actor and as the assistant stage manager to get his Equity card, before finally landing his breakthrough role in 1985's "Robin Hood." The movie launched Jason to stardom, and he maintained his status as a fan favorite.
Since becoming a famous movie star, the actor has appeared in films such as "Return of the Thief of Baghdad" in 1999, "Private Moments," "Requiem," and "Shanghai Noon."
Actor Sean Connery, wife Micheline Roquebrune and son, actor Jason Connery arrive at Target presents AFI Night at the Movies, held at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on October 01, 2008. | Photo: Getty Images
JASON WAS FRIGHTENED TO TELL HIS PARENTS ABOUT ACTING
Jason, who has proven that he is a skillful actor like his dad and a great director, once revealed that his parents did not talk him into following their career path. During an interview to discuss his movie "Tommy's Honour," Jason shared exciting details about his dive into acting.
Asked if his famous parents had tried to prevent him from being an actor, Jason revealed that he was initially frightened to tell them about his interests in acting, but when he did, his father said:
"Look, the thing about acting is, it's a tough profession. If you really don't want to do it, you'll find out soon."
Sir Sean Connery ahead of a screening of his old 1975 classic movie "The Man Who Would be King", part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 20, 2010. | Photo: Getty Images
Also, while one's success in showbiz can sometimes be about who you know, Jason said his parents' status in the industry made things a little bit difficult for him. According to the younger Connery, he constantly proved that he was just as good as his father.
During the interview, Jason noted that his father was proud of his achievements and delighted about the success of "Tommy's Honour," which won the Scottish BAFTA for the best feature film.
Jason Connery in front of the clocktower at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, to launch the BBC's ambitious new drama series, Shoebox Zoo on August 12, 2004. | Photo: Getty Images
SEAN AND JASON'S RELATIONSHIP
The James Bond actor and his son notably had a lovely father-son bond when he was alive. One thing this father and son enjoyed doing when they weren't acting or directing was playing golf.
Golf was a shared passion for Jason and Sean. The younger Connery once revealed that his father continued playing even in his 80s. He is also delighted to have had fantastic memories growing up with a dad and stepbrother that enjoyed golf.
Their love goes beyond just enjoying golf. Jason once defended his dad after tabloids continued describing the late actor as "some sort of monster or tyrant." Jason opened up about how he was "sick" of reading articles that claimed his father would cut him off from his will after his mother's allegations. The actor's legacy is believed to be worth around $350 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Actor Jason Connery in Edinburgh for the Macbeth premiere on May 7, 1997. | Photo: Getty Images
SEAN'S LAST PHOTO
Sean's last appearance on social media was on his 89th birthday. Sean was captured having a good time with Jason and singer Fiona Ufton as they celebrated his birthday.
Ufton posted the photo on social media on Aug. 25, 2019. The snap featured Sean with a goofy smile on his face as he surrounded his son and Ufton.