Something's waiting for Sean Connery way out there

Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:46pm EDT
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By Ian MacKenzie

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Acting icon Sean Connery may have stopped making films, but he believes something still awaits him out there.

Connery celebrated his 78th birthday with an appearance on Monday on the final day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival to launch his long-awaited autobiography, "Being a Scot."

During a question-and-answer session before a packed and audience of nearly 600, Connery was asked if he had achieved all he wanted.

"I don't think so. I've come into a different cycle since I decided not to do any more (films)," he replied.

But he added: "I've a feeling there is something cooking. I don't know what it is yet."

Sharing the stage with him was Scottish film maker Murray Grigor, who collaborated with Connery on the book. Grigor said they had sought a "quirky" approach.

Connery is regarded as having defined the movie role of Ian Fleming's British secret agent James Bond following his first appearance as agent 007 in Dr No in 1962. He was asked what gave him his first break.

"I realized after 70 years that my first big break was when I was five: I learned to read and write ... so that for me was the break."   Continued...

<p>Sean Connery stands next to a copy of his new biography "Being A Scot" during a photocall for its launch at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 25, 2008. REUTERS/David Moir</p>