Sir Jackie Stewart has recalled his final visits to the late Sir Sean Connery before his death, describing it as a ‘sad sight’.
The James Bond legend died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90 on Saturday and his wife later revealed he had battled with dementia.
During his appearance on Good Morning Britain, Sir Jackie – who was good friends with the actor – revealed he had seen Sir Sean recently and was heartbroken to see him so ill.
‘It was a sad sight,’ Sir Jackie said on Monday.
‘I think Sean would have wanted to slip away a bit earlier, he was not well.’
Sir Jackie, a former Formula One racer, recalled how he watched Sir Sean’s 1979 movie Cuba which the actor regarded as his best work rather than his iconic 007 blockbusters.
‘He believed Cuba to be the best one he ever made when he was a soldier… That was the best in his opinion,’ Sir Jackie revealed.
He continued: ‘Twice we watched that and each time he was taken by it. When you think the James Bond we all knew, here he was saying James Bond wasn’t his best.’
Sir Sean’s wife Micheline opened up about his health battles yesterday and revealed he had suffered dementia.
‘It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly. At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful,’ she told the Mail Online.
‘I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted. He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.’
Tributes have poured in for Sir Sean the world over with Bond stars Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan among those to remember him fondly.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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