Since the story broke on Mail One two days ago, Sir Micheal Caine has come forth on the British Mirror News with a statement that he was misquoted about the condition of his good friend, Sean Connery, by German Newspaper, Bild. The full explanation can be found here: MIRROR NEWS. It is with great relief that I can post this correction as it now has perhaps a happy, or certainly happier, more hopeful continuation. DG
Time marches on, the old replaces the new. Sadly Double-O Seven has become Double-O I Can't Remember.
Across the internet, news organizations are starting to report on what was previously just rumored. Now the stories and coverage seem to be more than that. What's distressing is the horrific symptoms, the diminishing faculties of one of my all-time favorite actors, Sean Connery. And the reliable source of this face-slapping sobriety is none other than an equal favorite of mine, Michael Caine. I've got to believe this is true.
Screen legend Michael Caine says his best friend- 007 actor Sean Connery - is 'no longer in control of his senses' and fears he is in the grip of Alzheimer's.
In an interview with German newspaper Bild am sonntag Caine said: 'One must have serious concerns for him.'
Bild said the loss of his (Connery) memory is 'noticeable' and that only a few close friends and confidantes, like Caine, had access to him.
Individually they have been in amazing films, but their start together was in an entry on my top ten list of all-time great movies, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. This classic, directed by equally mesmerizing director, John Huston, marked the first time these gentlemen appeared together in a film. It was magic. They are and always will be Peachey and Danny.
Sadly Alzheimer Disease strikes so many, robbing them and us of the beautiful lives they've lived. Maybe Connery's membership in that tragic club will be an inspiration to all of us to help and motivate both the scientists and researchers to march on with their experiments to find a cure. It will come too late for many, but hopefully save so many more in the future.
Let's not take the pressure off of our Congress to continue to fund medical research. And not just Alzheimer's. Cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, and so many more. This isn't for the James Bonds or Danny Dravots. This is for our mothers, our brothers, or even ourselves someday. No one is above life's game of chance. Let's put the time and money into finding cures now -- not kicking it down the road while Congress debates phony budgets and anti-social legislation. We must keep the pressure on. People first.
If you by some chance are too young, or missed this most classic of Rudyard Kipling tales, then please have a taste with this trailer for the film, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. We all can be a king someday -- if we give a little of ourselves every day.