Sean Connery to unveil autobiography at festival

Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:49am EDT
 
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By Ian MacKenzie

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Sean Connery is set to shake and stir this year's Edinburgh Book Festival by unveiling an autobiography on his 78th birthday.

The Scottish actor who defined the role of British secret agent James Bond and his literary collaborator, film maker Murray Grigor, discuss the book at the festival on August 25, organizers said on Thursday.

Connery, a passionate Scottish nationalist who has sworn not to live in his home country until it is independent, has titled his memoirs "Being a Scot."

As the book festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, director Catherine Lockerbie told Reuters she had been keeping an eye on Connery's autobiography through its various incarnations.

Edinburgh-born, Connery once delivered milk in the city and posed as a model at the College of Art before hitting the big time.

"His book obviously had to be launched with us," Lockerbie said.

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<p>Actor Sean Connery waves at the end of a ceremony during which he received the Il Campidoglio award at Rome's Capitol Hill October 14, 2006. Connery is set to shake and stir this year's Edinburgh Book Festival by unveiling an autobiography on his 78th birthday. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli</p>