Audiences around the world might be mentally preparing themselves to farewell Daniel Craig in his final outing as James Bond in No Time to Die, but for many when it comes to the iconic secret agent, the actor that comes to mind is Sean Connery. Having played 007 in the first five Bond films, Connery became the poster-boy for the modern gentleman: a man with charismatic appeal, an unquestionable sense of style, and the ability to befriend anyone with disarming charm.
It’s hardly surprising that the actor came to be one of the most recognisable in the film industry, amassing a staggering fortune of $172 million. And if there was any doubt as to just how successful the actor was, you need only look at the humble abode where he lived for an extended period of time: a $48 million French Riviera mansion.
Connery’s former home has since come on the market and a cursory search of the property reveals a sprawling estate with sweeping views that you would expect to find in a Bond film. At six storeys, the Belle Epoque villa dates back to 1928 and is located in the picturesque setting of Nice, with views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The home was purchased by Connery after his marriage to painter Micheline Roquebrune back in 1970. The couple lived there for a dozen or so years and the property came to be known as La Roc Fleuri. Realtor Mikael Zwaans of Knight Frank Cap Ferrat real estate agency describes the Cliffside property as “a unique and astonishingly beautiful location.”
A $48 million price-tag might seem excessive, but the property boasts more than just scenic bragging rights. It also served as the location for the Bond franchise’s 1983 film, Never Say Never Again. As one veteran film writer explained to newspaper Nice-Matin, the film was shot all around Nice and its neighbouring Villefranche and Monaco. But the property also served as a set for certain scenes.
In an interview with PEOPLE, the film writer said, “It was a long time ago but it made an amazing impression. The entire day was Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, and the most incredible views of the Mediterranean I’ve ever seen.”
The home features spacious and airy rooms with large windows that bring in the natural elements and warm light. Much like a luxury destination, you feel at peace here. The 10,764-square-foot property contains five bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, a gym, spa, gourmet kitchen facilities, and a rooftop terrace. The master bedroom takes up the mansion’s entire top floor and is accessible by a private cage elevator. With landscaped gardens and an overhang sea walk also available at the home property, there’s little else you could wish for.
Take a further tour of the vast property below.