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Connery spies a platform

June 13, 2008|From the Associated Press

Sean Connery will offer the first public glimpse of his memoirs at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

The former James Bond star, a high-profile Scottish nationalist, will launch "Being a Scot" on Aug. 25, his 78th birthday.

The first -- and, many say, the best -- actor to play 007 on the big screen, Connery is a vocal supporter of the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

He lives in the Bahamas and has said he will not reside in Scotland until it gains independence from Britain.

In a six-decade career, the former Edinburgh milkman also starred in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Untouchables," which earned him an Academy Award for supporting actor.

Among the 800 authors appearing at the Aug. 9-25 festival are Salman Rushdie, Louis de Bernieres and Margaret Atwood.

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