Lana Wood was decided to make her mark as a Hollywood actress – and he or she obtained some assist from 007.

The youthful sister of late actress Natalie Wood had starred in a number of tasks and appeared in Playboy earlier than she was solid as Bond lady Plenty O’Toole alongside Sean Connery in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever.”

The actress, who not too long ago wrote a memoir titled “Little Sister,” advised Fox News she felt relaxed working alongside the Scottish actor. Connery handed away in 2020 at age 90.

“I knew Sean,” mentioned the 75-year-old. “I had met him years ago. My boyfriend at the time was [film producer] Jerome Hellman who was friends with Sean. We were invited to dinner at his house and I remember him being fun. He was very magnetic. He was very charismatic and we just had a terrific evening. I felt so comfortable with him. I was completely at ease. So when I saw Sean walking through the lobby on the first day on set, I was delighted. I was a nervous wreck so I felt like I at least had one friend.”


Lana Wood starred as Plenty O'Toole in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.

Lana Wood starred as Plenty O’Toole in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.
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According to Wood, Connery was no-nonsense when it got here to filming as he yearned to dedicate his free time to golf. By then, Connery had grown weary of enjoying the British undercover agent and feared he wasn’t being taken significantly regardless of his dramatic performances in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie” and Sidney Lumet’s “The Hill.”

“He had such a dedication to golf,” she mentioned. “I mean, I knew he liked it, but every day?”

But their on-screen chemistry proved to be the actual deal, mentioned Wood who claimed they’d a short, personal fling. She chuckled when advised how fellow Bond lady Barbara Carrera gushed to Fox News in 2020 about Connery being “an absolutely great kisser” on the set of 1983’s “Never Say Never Again.”

“Kissing wasn’t way up there on the list,” Wood chuckled.

Sean Connery and Lana Wood at the gambling table in a scene from the film ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.

Sean Connery and Lana Wood on the playing desk in a scene from the movie ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.
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Despite her attraction to Connery, Wood claimed it was she who ended their affair.

“At the time I had a really lovely relationship with Leslie Bricusse,” she recalled. “Leslie had gone back to London. And I just felt that I really had to tell Sean that this relationship would not continue because I was very much in love with Leslie Bricusse. I thought Sean was absolutely wonderful, but I couldn’t see him anymore. I had to tell him. So when I told him, he said, ‘I understand completely.’ And that was it. We were in the hallway leading to the casino getting ready to shoot. And I walked away. I finished the take and then went back to hair and makeup.”

“I just needed him to know,” Wood continued. “And then many years later, all of a sudden, it dawned on me. He probably thought, ‘What a silly girl! Of course, we weren’t going to have a relationship.’ I just thought it was funny that I had to say something to him. But I had to be honest with him.”

Despite the movie’s iconic standing, Wood admitted that she felt typecast after enjoying O’Toole.

Lana Wood said she was typecast after appearing in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.

Lana Wood mentioned she was typecast after showing in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.
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“Very much so,” she defined. “I was always just the sexy bad girl. So I was delighted to play an Irish indentured servant on a Disney film. That was lovely.”

In 1972, Wood appeared in “Justin Morgan Had a Horse,” which was based mostly on a youngsters’s historic novel. It starred Don Murray, R.G. Armstrong, Whit Bissel and Gary Crosby amongst others.

“Everybody used to ask me at the time that I was filming, ‘Do they know you were in Playboy magazine?’ Do they know you were a Bond girl?’ It didn’t matter. I was thrilled to do it because it was another character to play.”

Despite her success as an actress, Wood’s life wasn’t simple in recent times. In April 2017, Inside Edition reported she was homeless and staying in a motel room outdoors of Los Angeles with her daughter Evan, her son-in-law, three grandchildren, and two canine. At the time, Wood mentioned the household’s rising medical payments have been accountable for his or her monetary woes.


Lana Wood's new book  ‘Little Sister’ primarily focuses on Natalie Wood’s death in 1981.

Lana Wood’s new guide  ‘Little Sister’ primarily focuses on Natalie Wood’s demise in 1981.
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Her buddy arrange a GoFundMe web page in hopes of elevating funds for the star, and followers pitched in a whopping $29,635, completely overshooting the web page’s preliminary $10,000 purpose.

But then in July of that yr, Evan died abruptly at age 42 after struggling a large coronary heart assault.

Wood mentioned she continues to take every day at a time.


Lana Wood said the #MeToo movement inspired her to come forward with Natalie Wood's story.

Lana Wood mentioned the #MeToo motion impressed her to return ahead with Natalie Wood’s story.
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“We’re just an average family and we always do the best we can,” she mentioned. “I have a little house with dogs and cats. Everybody’s good.”

When requested if rising up, she ever felt overshadowed by her well-known sibling, Wood replied that the reply wasn’t so easy.

Natalie handed away in 1981 at age 43.

“I looked at Natalie’s life and she was always concerned about where she was going, how she looked, who she was going to be with,” mentioned Wood. “There’s this party, this premiere and this press agent. And boy, I didn’t want that… It isn’t that my mother compared us vocally. It’s just that she was very involved with Natalie and not with me. But looking back, I must say it may have been a very good thing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.