Sean Connery’s Former Villa Above the French Riviera Lists for $33.7M

For all of the international espionage undertaken by James Bond, it makes sense that those who portray him gain a taste for living lavishly and on the edge (of the coast, at least). Sean Connery, who originated the character on film in 1962, is no exception. The very first 007 once owned this home in the South of France, an unreal Belle Epoque-style villa in Cap de Nice. Now, the divine property is on the market asking $33.7 million, or 30€ million.

Built into a hillside just above the sea, the fanciful villa embraces in the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Wisteria scales the façade, while newly renovated terraced gardens cascade down to the coastal road and the beaches nearby. The main house counts five bedrooms, while two independent guest villas ensure space for plenty of visitors to have their drinks shaken, not stirred.

Of the serene setting, brokerage firm Knight Frank notes, “One of the wonderful things about the French Riviera is the sense of stardust – a favourite haunt of royal families as well the likes of Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso [and] Grace Kelly.”

Indeed, the property seems overwhelmingly romantic and majestic. Interior spaces are sun-drenched and outdoor spaces are thoughtfully designed, including terraces for picturesque dining and a replenishing saltwater pool. And never fear, there is also a pool inside in case rainy days cramp a new owner’s style.

Edward de Mallet Morgan Knight Frank has the grand coastal listing.