They worked together on the 1989 movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
Harrison Ford honored Sean Connery, who played his father in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989.
“He was my father … Not in life … But in Indy 3”said Ford, about the actor who died this Saturday at the age of 90 at his home in the Bahamas.
He added: “You don’t know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a roller motorbike bouncing down a bumpy, curvy mountain path and you watch him squirm. God, what fun we had. If it’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace, dear friend. “
At the time, director Steven Spielberg spoke about how the making of the film had been. And he noted that the casting for Indiana’s dad was a no-brainer.
“There is only one option when it comes to playing Indy’s father and that is James Bond. The original James Bond, the great James Bond: Sean Connery,” he said.
Along with the wit and humor Connery brought to the role, his character also delivered what most fans consider to be the most emotional moment in the entire series: when Dr. Jones finally calls his son “Indiana” in order to save him from death.
George Lucas, creator of Indiana Jones, the most famous archaeologist in cinema, also said a few words to Connery.
“Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark on film history. His audience spanned generations. He will always have a special place in my heart as Indy’s father. With an air of intelligent authority and a cunning sense of comic mischief, only someone like Sean Connery could turn Indiana Jones into a regret or youthful relief immediately through a severe parental rebuke or a joyful hug, “he noted.
And he concluded: “I am grateful to have been lucky enough to have met and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family. “
Micheline Roquebrune, Sean Connery’s widow, revealed that the actor suffered in recent months from senile dementia and that he died in his quiet bed and in the company of his family.
In statements published by the British newspaper Daily Mail, Roquebrune explained that, due to the disease, “It was no longer life for him. Lately he was unable to express himself.”
The widow, of French-Moroccan origin and who was the second wife of the Scottish actor who popularized the super-agent James Bond, considered that her husband was “a wonderful model of man” and that both shared “a wonderful life”.
“At least he died in his sleep and it was very peaceful. I was with him the whole time and he just shut down. It’s what he wanted, to go quietly,” said Roquebrune, who is considered “the real Bond girl.
For his widow, “it will be very difficult without him, but he could not last forever and he went calmly.”
Connery and Roquebrune were married in Gibraltar in 1975, five years after meeting at a golf tournament, a sport they were both very fond of.
The actor had already been married to Diane Cilento, with whom he had his son Jason.