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Before the ladies of “Grace and Frankie” went public with their affair, or the award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence rocked a turban for her part in “Red Sparrow,” there was Lana Wood.
The British actress, who became a socialite and pop star in the 1980s, has quietly released an erotic thriller called “Kinky Vengeance,” directed by Brian Ching. Wood is interviewed about her life in her new Amazon Prime Instant Video series, “It,” which aims to explore sexuality, feminism and contemporary culture.
Wood has remained anonymous for many years. She reveals she knew producer Mike Farrell of “The Rockford Files” during her stint as a Bond girl. Wood says she met Connery in 1985 and was the object of his desires.
“After he met me, I didn’t see him for about six months. I was my own person at that time. I wasn’t trying to hide from people,” she says. “I was quite content because I was making big films and was very young and doing things to me. I didn’t know how it would go. I’d done a film before and I just hadn’t been very satisfied with it. This time, when I met Sean, I wasn’t looking at him like, ‘Oh yes, I’m going to marry this handsome man.’ I was so into the idea of that relationship. I was very enthused about the idea of a man and a woman doing amazing things together. And I liked the energy in the room. I knew it would go somewhere.”
The pair had met twice prior to that first meeting.
A decade prior, Wood shared a chemistry on the set of “The Living Daylights,” but their friendship ended after he refused to kiss her in a scene. Wood’s career never really picked up after the success of “The Living Daylights,” although she tried to star in “The Fall Guy” and “The Legend of Roy Kinnear.”
Wood says that Connery also wasn’t interested in her when he and Martin Riggs, her co-star in “The Man With the Golden Gun,” were filming a steamy love scene.
“He started to look at me. He was grabbing me,” she says. “I realized he wasn’t interested in me as an actress. He wasn’t interested in me as a human being. I was a little shocked to see how selfish and ‘got-it-the-right-way-round’ he was. That didn’t really change because I saw him do that a couple of times.”
She didn’t say anything to Connery about it.
“You just have to be happy and just go along with it. It doesn’t really bother me. I like relationships that are real,” she says. “You could have such a good romance and, at the end of the day, you wouldn’t have to do things with each other that don’t suit you. I still like it if the characters have it in them to kiss each other.”
Wood reveals she was confused and excited about Connery’s feelings for her, but felt there was no room in his life for her. He had become an established A-lister and a gentleman.
“All of a sudden it goes away from where you are into someone else,” she says. “He was Bill Granger, and here he was, Tiptoeing in his heels and dreaming about the evening. You don’t know where they’re going to go. You just go along with what they’re going to do.”
After leaving L.A. Wood’s career took a different turn. She opened a gallery, where she sold her art, but not her body.
“It just never worked out for me. The gallery worked well for a year. Then a week later, it suddenly died down,” she says. “I was put out to pasture and I wanted to come back to acting.”
Wood traveled from her home in Spain to New York.
“I decided to come to New York because it has an energy and a certain mystique. I wanted to look into the larger picture. I wanted to see what it all meant. I really wanted to look at myself and understand who I was.”
Wood eventually joined the cast of the film “American Gigolo” in the 1980s. She went on to do several others films.