James Bond actor Colin Salmon, 59, reveals he nearly died after contracting Covid

‘I felt like I slipped away:’ James Bond actor Colin Salmon, 59, reveals he ‘wouldn’t be here now’ had he not been rushed to hospital after he and wife Fiona contracted Covid


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Colin Salmon has revealed he “wouldn’t be here now” had he not been rushed to hospital after contracting Covid in January this year.

The star, 59, – who fell ill on New Year’s Eve after his entire family contracted coronavirus – said he “felt like he was slipping away” as the virus quickly took hold.

Colin starred as MI6 assistant Charles Robinson opposite Pierce Brosnan in three James Bond films from 1997 to 2002, and also starred in Doctor Who, 24 and Arrow.

Difficult: Colin Salmon has revealed he 'wouldn't be here now' had he not been rushed to hospital after contracting Covid in January this year (pictured with wife Fiona)

Difficult: Colin Salmon has revealed he ‘wouldn’t be here now’ had he not been rushed to hospital after contracting Covid in January this year (pictured with wife Fiona)

Speaking alongside his wife Fiona, the father of four shared: Hey!: ‘I felt like I was slipping away. If I hadn’t gone to the hospital, I wouldn’t be here right now.’

The situation became even more worrying as artist Fiona suffers from a rare lung condition – interstitial lung disease – meaning she was in the vulnerable category.

She told the publication: “I felt squashed and had a pounding headache, although it made my condition worse, I got through it.”

‘I find ways to deal with it positively. I don’t want my illness to define me.’

Concerns: The star, 59, - who fell ill on New Year's Eve after his entire family contracted the coronavirus - said he 'felt like he was slipping away' as the virus quickly reared its head

Concerns: The star, 59, - who fell ill on New Year's Eve after his entire family contracted the coronavirus - said he 'felt like he was slipping away' as the virus quickly reared its head

Concerns: The star, 59, – who fell ill on New Year’s Eve after his entire family contracted the coronavirus – said he ‘felt like he was slipping away’ as the virus quickly reared its head

James revealed in January that he had been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19.

The star shared his secret health struggles in a tweet while urging his followers not to put themselves at risk and get vaccinated.

Colin revealed he contracted COVID-19 after sharing a video with some BAME celebrities, urging their community to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Fencing Star: The actor starred as MI6 assistant Charles Robinson opposite Pierce Brosnan in three James Bond films from 1997 to 2002

Fencing Star: The actor starred as MI6 assistant Charles Robinson opposite Pierce Brosnan in three James Bond films from 1997 to 2002

Fencing Star: The actor starred as MI6 assistant Charles Robinson opposite Pierce Brosnan in three James Bond films from 1997 to 2002

Colin revealed that he participated in the video and reposted the clip originally shared by Good Morning Britain host Adil Ray.

He wrote: ‘I recorded this last week, 9 days after my Covid hospital admission. I’ll get there, but this is real and affects us all. #covid19 vaccine. Take a moment of self-care and please watch this.”

Colin’s post was soon inundated with messages of support, with Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan writing: ‘Brother!!!! Sending huge f***** love your way.’

Scary: Colin shared his secret health struggles in a January tweet as he urged his followers not to put themselves at risk and get vaccinated

Scary: Colin shared his secret health struggles in a January tweet as he urged his followers not to put themselves at risk and get vaccinated

Scary: Colin shared his secret health struggles in a January tweet as he urged his followers not to put themselves at risk and get vaccinated

Sweet: Colin's post was soon inundated with messages of support, with Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan writing: 'Brother!!!!  Sending huge f***** love your way'

Sweet: Colin's post was soon inundated with messages of support, with Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan writing: 'Brother!!!!  Sending huge f***** love your way'

Sweet: Colin’s post was soon inundated with messages of support, with Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan writing: ‘Brother!!!! Sending huge f***** love your way’

Friendly: After being inundated with messages from fans, Colin took to social media again to thank them for their support

Friendly: After being inundated with messages from fans, Colin took to social media again to thank them for their support

Friendly: After being inundated with messages from fans, Colin took to social media again to thank them for their support

After being inundated with messages from fans, Colin took to social media again to thank them for their support.

Speaking: The couple spoke to Hello!  magazine

Speaking: The couple spoke to Hello!  magazine

Speaking: The couple spoke to Hello! magazine

He wrote: ‘Thank you for your kind words. Take a moment for yourself, check in, feel how you are doing.

“We are warm-hearted people, but we need to value our lives more. We don’t always have to go the extra mile, put ourselves last, be brave. #Self-CareIsNotSelfistic.’

Colin’s appearance in the video was alongside stars like actress Shobna Gulati and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, as they specifically reassured members of the BAME community that the vaccine was safe.

He is best known for his role as Charlie in the James Bond franchise, starring Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

The screen star has also had roles in 24, Law and Order UK and the US series Limitless.

Acclaimed: Colin has also had roles in 24, Doctor Who, Law and Order UK and the US series Limitless (pictured in 2016's London Has Fallen)

Acclaimed: Colin has also had roles in 24, Doctor Who, Law and Order UK and the US series Limitless (pictured in 2016's London Has Fallen)

Acclaimed: Colin has also had roles in 24, Doctor Who, Law and Order UK and the US series Limitless (pictured in 2016’s London Has Fallen)

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