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Sean Connery Champions Scottish Independence

    March 23, 2014
    Mike Fossum
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The original James Bond, Sean Connery, recently wrote an essay concerning the independence of his native Scotland, which was featured on the website of The New Statesman. While Connery presently resides in the Bahamas, he’s stated that if a referendum that is to take place in six months separates Scotland from the United Kingdom, he would return to his homeland.

Connery, 83, wrote:

“More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can. So, with our colorful history, strong identity, deep rooted traditions, a commitment to artistic innovation and diverse and beautiful landscapes, Scotland is truly blessed.”

Referring to his essay, Connery added on Tuesday that “As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss.”

Sir Thomas Sean Connery is best known for his portrayal of James Bond in 7 films, and won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in The Untouchables. The actor has been voted as “The Greatest Living Scot” and “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure.” In 1989, he was declared “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine and in 1999, at the age of 69, he was voted “Sexiest Man of the Century”.

Here’s a clip of some of Connery’s best performances:

Connery elaborates on his views in his essay, “Simply put – there is no more creative an act than creating a new nation. Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change. More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can. So, with our colourful history, strong identity, deep rooted traditions, a commitment to artistic innovation and diverse and beautiful landscapes, Scotland is truly blessed.”

Image via Wikimedia Commons.


  • Papa McNeil

    Interesting that the Scot’s have had such an influence on modern society, and yet lack their own identity as a country rather than just a ‘people’.

    Perhaps it is time!

  • rich

    lol – lived outside his home Country as a tax exile for the last +40 yrs …a great example for Scottish independence.

  • MICHAEL

    WHEN I WAS 12 YEAR OLD I HAD SUCH A GAY CRUSH ON THIS MAN AND I STILL DO

  • Shonn Sutton

    I hope the Scots vote to leave the UK. And when that happens, then it will also be time for England to finally get out of the six counties in Northern Ireland and let Ireland by united again.

  • swamper

    My ancestory is from the border region of Scotland and England, of people who once thought there was no partition one from the other, and lived their lives in both. Understand they were a troublesome lot, and Richard reacting to that and seeking more control, enticed more than a few with the plum of Ulster. Wonder how those currently on the borderline feel about this?

  • Darlene Dolliver

    It’s about time they were a COUNTRY IN THEIR OWN RIGHT!!!!!!!

  • William Beal

    Scotland is a self governing nation within the United Kingdom. It has maintained
    its unique culture and traditions throughout history. Continued affiliation with
    the rest of the UK far outweighs the advantage of total independence within
    the context of the world community.