Diane Cilento, Sean Connery’s ex-wife, dies

Actress Diane Cilento, Sean Connery’s former wife, has died at age 78, according to news reports from Australia, such as Cairns.com.au.

Cilento was married to Connery from 1962 to 1973, which included the years when the couple faced strains from Connery’s fame as James Bond. That pressure was particularly intense in 1966, during on-location filming for You Only Live Twice, which would be released in the summer of the following year.

Filming of the fifth Bond movie stirred high interest in Japan and there was conflict when the star tried to protect his privacy. Cilento was with Connery and she ended up doing some uncredited double work, as told in the John Cork-directed documentary Inside You Only Live Twice. That part of the story begins at the 4:56 mark:

Cilentro career had many highlights having nothing to do with her husband, including movies such as Tom Jones (which earned her an Academy Award nomnation for best supporting actress), The Agony And The Ecstasy and Hombre. You can check out her career credits AT IMDB.COM.

UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE A PHOTO OF DIANE CILENTO AND SEAN CONNERY at the premier of You Only Live Twice.

You can also read a more-detailed obitiary from The Washington Post BY CLICKING HERE.

Countdown to 007’s 50th film anniversary underway

Oct. 5 was the 49th anniversary of the world premier of Dr. No. Thus, the film 007 has begun his 50th anniversary year, which will culminate next October with the golden anniversary of the first James Bond film.

It had taken the better part of a decade before Bond made the transition from novels (1953’s Casino Royale) to the big screen. There was a brief detour to television (the 1954 CBS adaptation of Casino Royale). Albert R. Broccoli, an American film producer based in the U.K., had wanted to do a movie version of Bond sooner but he had disagreements with one partner (Irving Allen). It wouldn’t be until Broccoli formed another partnership with Harry Saltzman (who held a six-month option on most of Ian Fleming’s 007 novels) before the movie Bond became reality.

There’s a lot more to be said, but there’s a lot of time to say it. For now, we’ll be content to include this: