When she refused to stop work, she claims Connery - suddenly seriously rich thanks to landing the role of Bond - refused to pay anything towards the housekeeping.
In horror the following morning, Diane looked at her swollen and bruised face in the mirror.
She developed something of a fearsome reputation when it came to protecting her marriage.
Sylvia Miles, the star of Midnight Cowboy, also admits to sharing his bed after Connery eventually moved out of the home in Putney, South-West London, he shared with Diane, Jason and Gigi.Two years ago he pulled out of his guest-of-honour role at the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh, after learning he was going to be quizzed about his earlier comments during a planned Q A session.The opening that September of the third 007 movie, Goldfinger, had eclipsed even the success of the previous Bond blockbusters.A lap dance club tycoon on his stag weekend in a millionaires playground was knocked down and killed just three weeks before his wedding.Scottish writer Meg Henderson, a friend of Connery who fell out with him after he sacked her as his ghost writer for a previous planned autobiography, told me: 'The issue of violence and Diane's claims that he beat her up have always been a no-go.The couple met when Diane was married to Italian writer Andrew Volpe.Many who know him had questioned whether the book of his life would ever make it to the shelves.The incident took place as he was crossing a busy road to return to his hotel.She took to following him around the world on his various film sets to ensure he was not tempted to dally with his female co-stars.Just months after the alleged attack on his wife - which Connery has always denied - he sparked controversy when he told Playboy magazine: 'I don't think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman - although I don't recommend doing it in the.Police concluded he was not speeding and could have done nothing to avoid the accident.He sloped off to their room and waited for his wife to return.View comments, by the autumn of 1964, an unprepossessing and cramped ground-floor office at 21 Wimpole Street had already become something of a Mecca to the self-regarding 'cool set who had elected themselves leaders of Swinging London's burgeoning hippie movement.Miss Zeta-Jones had, it seems, made the mistake of gushing publicly about Connery's sexiness and kissing skills during the filming of their highly unlikely screen love scenes.More worryingly, the drug-fuelled encounter with the shrink opened up a vault of hidden anger and resentment towards his mother, Effie, whom at Laing's prompting Connery became convinced had withheld affection from him as a boy.One drink turned to two, and when the actors eventually returned two hours later, the lunch came flying through the air at Connery as he breezily announced: 'Darling, we're home.' In truth, the omens for the marriage had been inauspicious from the start.Unsurprisingly, perhaps, his relationship with Cilento did not survive the episode.Another family friend said: Billy was crossing the road when he was knocked down.No one could hope for a better friend and his loss has left everyone who knew him devastated.
It would also reveal in all its brutality Connery's dark side.
Violence: Ex-wife Diane Cliento claims Connery was a violent husband.
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