Sean Connery stuck to his initial statements despite being asked about it multiple times over the span of his career.
Trigger Warning: Contains details of domestic violence that may be disturbing for some.
Sean Connery will undoubtedly be remembered as the iconic James Bond forever. The memories of his onscreen presence and his tough macho looks will never be erased from the minds of his fans. However, Connery had a side that wasn't spoken of much.
The actor thought it was ok to be physically abusive towards women. He was vocal about his opinion and stated his views in favor of such violence in an interview with the Playboy Magazine in 1965.
When asked how he felt about "roughing up a woman," the actor stated, "I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman—although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man," according to Snopes.
He added, "An open-handed slap is justified—if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning. If a woman is a b*tch, or hysterical, or bloody-minded continually, then I’d do it."
The actor did not stop there. He further went on to depict his misogynistic side. "I think a man has to be slightly advanced, ahead of the woman. I really do — by virtue of the way a man is built, if nothing else. But I wouldn’t call myself sadistic. I think one of the appeals that Bond has for women, however, is that he is decisive, cruel even. By their nature women aren’t decisive—'Shall I wear this? Shall I wear that?'—and along comes a man who is absolutely sure of everything and he’s a godsend," said the actor.
He continued, "And, of course, Bond is never in love with a girl and that helps. He always does what he wants, and women like that. It explains why so many women are crazy about men who don’t give a rap for them."
Years later, Connery still stood by his opinions when asked if he still believed he was right. "I haven't changed my opinion...," he said, according to People. Though he added that his words were taken out of context, the video of his interview proved what he actually believed in.
A reminder for all of you who are honoring Sean Connery.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 31, 2020
He was 57 years old when he gave this interview with Barbara Walters. pic.twitter.com/LIIBqSWwgj
Six years later, Connery was again asked about his initial statements on physical abuse. He said, "I was really saying that to slap a woman was not the crudest thing you can do to her. I said that in my book—it's much more cruel to psychologically damage somebody... to put them in such distress that they really come to hate themselves. Sometimes there are women who take it to the wire. That's what they're looking for, the ultimate confrontation—they want a smack," according to Vanity Fair.
In addition to these comments over the years, Connery allegedly was physically violent towards his first wife, Diane Cilento during their marriage that lasted for 11 years. Cilento recalled an episode of physical abuse in her autobiography, My Nine Lives.
She wrote, "...The liquor [was] flowing down throats as fast as the army of waiters could serve it. I could strangely recall seeing his face scowling at me through the blur of faces, although I couldn’t be sure. It was late when I climbed the stairs to our room..," according to the Daily Mail.
She continued, "Once inside, in the darkness, I felt a blow to my face and was knocked to the floor. I remember screaming and I think we were both shouting. I got to my feet and tried to fight back but another blow sent me flying. I managed to get through the bathroom door and locked myself in. I spent the rest of the night sprawled on the bathroom floor, covered with towels, whimpering."
However, Connery denied all the accusations.