Bond girl Lana Wood talks about Sean Connery affair

JamesPageJamesPage Administrator, Moderator, Director
edited January 2012 in News Posts: 1,380
Former Bond girl Lana Wood, who played Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever", as given a lengthy interview to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2089587/James-Bond-star-Lana-Wood-She-bedded-Sean-Connery-expected-Hollywood-fall-feet-husbands-regrets.html?ito=feeds-newsxml"; target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> where she talks about her life, career and family.

Of note to 007 historians is her first-hand account of the Connery affair, and her feelings on having her part cut substantially in the editing room.

So who made the first move? "He did. I was never that forward. We went out to dinner, then met some of his friends, then went for a walk, and you know. We actually started having an affair before filming began, but we kept it secret. Neither of us was married at the time, but it still isn’t done to be public about it. I remember being 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 for it not to seem too convincing."

"I think anyone would be hard-pushed to resist Sean. I do find it funny that I felt such a need to be honest and upfront with him, telling him that I couldn’t keep seeing him once we finished filming. As if he was even thinking about that! He was probably laughing away to himself. "

No prizes for guessing who she thinks made the best Bond: "Sean. Every time. I do love Daniel Craig, too, though. Sean was a ladies man, but there was an edge to him that the character required, then. He didn’t have the softness that some of the other Bonds had. The others were fairly lacking, I think. Until Daniel Craig. The bonus with Craig is that he doesn’t have to wear a toupe for the part. "He hated it," she laughs. "He absolutely hated having to wear it."

On the subject of the 'Bond girl curse', where careers come to a screeching halt after their appearance opposite 007 (something that is somewhat overplayed by the media), she said, "It is true that the Bond role didn’t open the doors I maybe thought it would. In fact, it didn’t open any doors at all. All I was offered were sexpot roles, and you can’t be doing those for ever. I did suffer from being stereotyped."

"We were incredibly well looked-after on the set. I filmed in Las Vegas, and then Palm Springs, but glamorous it wasn’t. I had to be thrown into a pool at 3am, then go through the rigmarole of getting my hair and make-up redone when the director wanted another take. At the time, I was mortified at my part in the film. A lot of my scenes were cut, but I didn’t know it until I saw the film. It felt like I bent over to pick up my popcorn and Plenty was dead. I was not a happy camper. I recall thinking: 'Is this what I’ve traveled all over the world promoting?’"

"For a long time, I thought I’d made a mistake with the character, but no longer. Now, when my life revolves around looking after my grandchildren, if I get a Bond-related invite, I jump at the chance."
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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited January 2012 Posts: 21,994
    I can understand her feelings though quite honestly I think Plenty's a well-known Bond girl. I feel that she gets referred to, in quotes especially, even more than Tiffany. Also, about the Bond girl curse, I would like to add that I don't think Lana is that good of an actress. She was capable of pulling it off for DAF but I'd never have predicted a fabulous career for her. If I were her, I'd convince myself that I was lucky getting this one-time honour - and move on. I wouldn't necessarily think that a promising acting career was flushed down the toilet because of this particular film.

    That said, she will always find a soft spot in our hearts as the girl with the great introduction line and two fabulous assets. Her deleted scenes have been (partially?) recovered for the DVDs and she has a few nice promotion pictures floating around. She's a darling, no doubt, and about that affair with Connery, I'm relatively indifferent to be honest. I hope she's a happy granny and has all the fun and joy with her grandchildren.
  • doubleoegodoubleoego #LightWork
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    She had an affair with Connery???? I'm pleasantly surprised and have no idea why. See, Connery IS Bond and this is why he'll always be the best. I love Wood's line about him not thinking that far ahead and him probably just laughing to him self.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
    edited January 2012 Posts: 5,201
    DarthDimi wrote:
    Also, about the Bond girl curse, I would like to add that I don't think Lana is that good of an actress.

    Bingo. Amid all the talk over the years of the "Bond girl curse," it's easy to overlook that some of the actresses were cast primarily (only?) for their looks. Talisa Soto, anyone?

  • edited January 2012 Posts: 401
    echo wrote:
    Talisa Soto, anyone?
    I wouldn't say she was a exactly a "looker", to be honest.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    Didn't Sean have a fling with Jill to at the time or after?
  • Posts: 6,432
    echo wrote:
    DarthDimi wrote:
    Also, about the Bond girl curse, I would like to add that I don't think Lana is that good of an actress.

    Bingo. Amid all the talk over the years of the "Bond girl curse," it's easy to overlook that some of the actresses were cast primarily (only?) for their looks. Talisa Soto, anyone?

    Think talisa appeared in the mortal combat films, without bond she may not even have got that. famkee jansen did reasonably well after bond.
  • edited January 2012 Posts: 2,341
    DarthDimi wrote:
    I can understand her feelings though quite honestly I think Plenty's a well-known Bond girl. I feel that she gets referred to, in quotes especially, even more than Tiffany. Also, about the Bond girl curse, I would like to add that I don't think Lana is that good of an actress.

    I have to agree. Lana was not good of an actress but was there just for eye candy. Women like Fameke Janssen, Jane Seymour, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg have more acting ability and have gone on to great careers after their Bond films.
  • Here's a thought: was Halle hit with the 'Bond Curse'? Could be that or Catwoman, but I certainly remember a time when she was hot stuff, and the thought of her in DAD seemed like it had potential (before it came out, mind you). But you certainly don't hear a peep out of her anymore, do you?

    Plus I didn't know about Sean and Lana's fling- not at all surprised though, lol She was 25 and HOT
    Didn't Sean have a fling with Jill to at the time or after?

    Not sure about Sean, but I know George dated her for a while!
    He's so cool he doesn't even have to be in the movie to get the Bond girl! :D
  • PrinceKamalKhanPrinceKamalKhan Monsoon Palace, Udaipur
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    JamesPage wrote:
    No prizes for guessing who she thinks made the best Bond: "Sean. Every time. I do love Daniel Craig, too, though. Sean was a ladies man, but there was an edge to him that the character required, then. He didn’t have the softness that some of the other Bonds had. "

    Interesting and correct.
    DarthDimi wrote:
    I can understand her feelings though quite honestly I think Plenty's a well-known Bond girl. I feel that she gets referred to, in quotes especially, even more than Tiffany. Also, about the Bond girl curse, I would like to add that I don't think Lana is that good of an actress. She was capable of pulling it off for DAF but I'd never have predicted a fabulous career for her. If I were her, I'd convince myself that I was lucky getting this one-time honour - and move on. I wouldn't necessarily think that a promising acting career was flushed down the toilet because of this particular film.

    Indeed. When I read some Bond fans complain about the acting abilities(or lack thereof) of some of the more recent Bond girls, I tend to laugh. The Diana Riggs are the exception not the norm here. As the eye candy she was hired to be for DAF, Miss Wood completely succeeded in her role.

    She basically enjoys fame for not only her Bond girl role but for being the sister of a more famous Hollywood legend, Natalie. And for playing Natalie's character as a little girl in John Ford's 1956 western classic "The Searchers."

  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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    Yeah a man who commits adultery always make me think what a guy, really if this is your idea of a role model, god I hate lad culture, way to go Sean your the man!

    You Think he's the best so do I but stories like this don't make me swell with pride they make me think what a snake he was, maybe you should have thought for his Wife at the time rather than patting him on the back.
  • edited January 2012 Posts: 12,724
    Shardlake wrote:
    Yeah a man who commits adultery always make me think what a guy, really if this is your idea of a role model, god I hate lad culture, way to go Sean your the man!

    You Think he's the best so do I but stories like this don't make me swell with pride they make me think what a snake he was, maybe you should have thought for his Wife at the time rather than patting him on the back.

    I think the richer and more famous blokes get the more likely it is that they'll cheat on their girlfriends/wifes. Look at how many footballers have had affairs recently. But I agree with you, sean was a great bond but I don't think he was that great a guy back when he was younger. BUT in fairness neither of them were with anybody then if you read what woods said. So I think we all would've done what sean did if we were him.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded the Ballrooms of Mars
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    Was Sean married or not during his fling with Lana? She says no.
  • 'Upfront with him' I'm shure she was.

    And yes 1007 reached. That's what I always wanted and that's it for me.
  • edited January 2012 Posts: 4,813
    Yeah she said right there they were both not married at the time. That's why I said good for him
  • doubleoegodoubleoego #LightWork
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    Shardlake wrote:
    Yeah a man who commits adultery always make me think what a guy, really if this is your idea of a role model, god I hate lad culture, way to go Sean your the man!

    You Think he's the best so do I but stories like this don't make me swell with pride they make me think what a snake he was, maybe you should have thought for his Wife at the time rather than patting him on the back.

    Did you bother reading Wood's comments in its entirety?? She said neither of them were in a relationship with other people. Do yourself a favour.

  • To be fair, Connery has cheated before - in fact that's how he met his second wife (by cheating on his first wife with her)!
  • doubleoegodoubleoego #LightWork
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    But that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. This is about his relationship with Wood who at the time was hot ad hell and those two got together whilst both being single at the time. The circumstances surrounding Connery's other relationships is a different matter entirely.
  • You mean Sean Connery has made mistakes in his life? I HATE JAMES BOND NOW
  • St_GeorgeSt_George Shuttling Drax's lovelies to the space doughnut - happy 40th, MR!
    edited January 2012 Posts: 1,699
    echo wrote:
    Amid all the talk over the years of the "Bond girl curse," it's easy to overlook that some of the actresses were cast primarily (only?) for their boobs.

    Corrected. Nah, just joshin'. Although, let's be honest, that clearly was the primary purpose behind Lana Wood's casting, I've always liked her and her character in Diamonds. Always struck me as a very approachable former Hollywood starlet, just like Jill St. John, in fact.
    Didn't Sean have a fling with Jill to at the time or after?

    Not sure about Sean, but I know George dated her for a while!
    He's so cool he doesn't even have to be in the movie to get the Bond girl! :D

    Well, Henry Kissinger also famously enjoyed a fling with St. John and he, er, certainly didn't look like either Conners or Lazers. :p

    Funny, in some ways, to think it was Connery and Wood who had the affair, given how great was his on-screen chemistry with St. John. He and Wood did a fine job of hiding their fling when it came to their on-screen acting, after all... ;)
  • Posts: 11,175
    There's a rude joke in here somewhere about wood and something big coming up ;)
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded the Ballrooms of Mars
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    ... and Plenty more where that came from ... ;)
  • echoecho 007 in New York
    edited January 2012 Posts: 5,201
    "What is this, a perverts' convention?" ;)
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    echo wrote:
    What is this, a perverts' convention? ;)

    Just appreciating the female form. And what a form it is... ( )( )
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded the Ballrooms of Mars
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    Well, I'm a girl - I just thought it was funny, er... punny.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    Just quoting the movie...
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded the Ballrooms of Mars
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    echo wrote:
    Just quoting the movie...

    ahh ... I forgot that. Thanks!
  • This thread sort of makes me wonder what other Bonds have done that with their leading ladies. We all know George slept with EVERYONE on set except Diana, lol
    Also, I wonder if there were ever any Bonds and Bong girls who HATED each other. I heard somewhere that Peirce and Teri Hatcher didn't really get along. I wonder who else?
  • Posts: 1,497
    Also, I wonder if there were ever any Bonds and Bong girls who HATED each other.

    Apparently Roger Moore couldn't stand Grace Jones because she was always playing her music really loud in her dressing room.

  • Posts: 11,175
    JBFan626 wrote:
    Also, I wonder if there were ever any Bonds and Bong girls who HATED each other.

    Apparently Roger Moore couldn't stand Grace Jones because she was always playing her music really loud in her dressing room.

    I went to a talk by Rog in London in 2008 and he strongly implied that he also disliked Brit Eckland.
  • You have to really mess up bad to have Roger Moore not like you-- he's like the nicest guy on the planet

    Ha Ha! Damnit I just realized I wrote 'Bong girls' and now it's been quoted so I can't fix it! Oh well
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