"Oh God! What a place. Why did I come so late?\u201d Those were the words Sean Connery exclaimed the first time he saw the Acropolis up close in person. The man best known as Bond, James Bond, visited the\u00a0Acropolis accompanied by Greek musician Vangelis Papathanassiou and French director Jules Dassen. The Scottish actor was in Greece on the occasion of the opening of his wife, Micheline Roquebrune's exhibition at the \u201cAthinais\u201d art center. His first visit was enough to make him fall in love with the country, its history, its ancient monuments and natural, unique beauty. Left to Right: Vangelis Papathanassiou, Sean Connery and Jules Dassen. And of course '007' could not help but be unpleasantly surprised by the sculptures missing from the Parthenon. After learning about the story of their removal, he promised that he would do whatever he could for the cause. \u201cThe return of the Parthenon Sculptures should be a common goal of all countries that will participate in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Until the Games begin, they must be in their place, where they belong. The British had the Sculptures for two centuries. Now they have to return them,\u201d Connery told reporters. The Scottish actor featured on the front cover of a Greek magazine It was no secret that the great actor fell in love with Greece. He had a luxurious house on the \u2018Greek Riviera\u2019 of Porto Heli and often visited the holiday house. James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery\u00a0passed away in 2020 at the age of 90. He died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas after being "unwell for some time", his son Jason told BBC. Connery is best known for starring in seven Bond films, including every film from Dr. No\u00a0to\u00a0You Only Live Twice, plus\u00a0Diamonds Are Forever\u00a0and\u00a0Never Say Never Again, between 1962 and 1983.