Edinburgh honours Sir Sean
Sean: 70 this year. PHOTO:
The EIFF pays tribute
this year to one of the Scottish capital's most famous sons, Sir Sean
Connery, with a special outdoor screening of Dr No and Indiana Jones
and the Last Crusade. The tribute, on 25th August 2000, is on the same
day that Sir Sean marks his 70th birthday.
It also follows the Queen's recent presentation of the Knighthood to
Connery at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh - an award which
was reportedly denied him in previous years because of his high profile
support for the Scottish Nationalist Party. Famously, Connery has a
tattoo on his arm saying "Scotland Forever".
There was no bitterness on Connery's part when receiving his knighthood.
"It's one of the greatest days of my life," Sir Sean, dressed in full
highland dress, told gathered fans outside the Palace.
Connery has come a long way from humble beginnings. The actor dropped
out of school at the age of 13 and spent a good deal of his time travelling
and performing plays. Before breaking into the big time with his role
as 007 (beating off much bigger names at the time), he has worked in
a variety of guises including as a milkman in the Fountainbridge area
of Edinburgh and nude model for art classes.
Fittingly, Dr No (1962) was the first of the Bond films and as such
has a more raw and meaty storyline than the flashier films that would
follow. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the third in the
series, finds Connery playing one of the many authority figures of his
later career as the unpredictable and irascible father to Harrison Ford's
Both films will be screened as an outdoor double bill in East Princes
Street Gardens at dusk against the backdrop of Edinburgh castle, one
of the more dramatic of Edinburgh's frequently used film locations.
As for the future - Connery is not one to rest idle. He is co-producing
and starring in, Finding Forrester, a Gus Van Sant project about a reclusive
writer, played by Connery, mentoring a young black basketball star develop
his writing talent. The film will co-star The Piano's Anna Paquin and
is scheduled for release at the end of the year or early 2001.
Tickets for "A Knight Under the Stars" go on sale on 21st July.