1. Sir Sean Connery Awarded Honorary Doctorate

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-06-19

    Sir Sean Connery has been awarded an honorary doctorate to mark the actor’s distinguished film career.

    The former James Bond star collected the award earlier today at the Edinburgh Napier University. Full details follow below in a press release:

    Sir Sean Connery

    Sir Sean Connery

    Sir Sean Connery has been awarded an honorary doctorate for personal achievement in his glittering career.

    The Scottish actor – who found fame playing 007 in James Bond films – collected the “splendid honour” at a ceremony at Edinburgh Napier University, just a few miles from the school he left aged 13.

    In a short speech, the 78-year-old said he had been on a “long and winding road”.

    Connery – who scooped an Oscar for his role in The Untouchables – went on: “I know I could not be standing here today receiving this splendid honour if I had not learned to read and write at the age of five.

    “What is interesting in all of this is that I never realised it until I was in my 70s.

    “Being able to read and write was key to almost everything I’ve done in my life.”

    The actor is a patron of Screen Academy Scotland, a joint venture between Napier and Edinburgh College of Arts to educate and train filmmaking talent.

    Connery has featured in more than 60 movies.

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