Sir Sean Connery dumps public life for golf

April 8th, 2011 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI  

London, April 08 (ANI): Sir Sean Connery, who has confirmed that he will no longer make official public appearances except on the golf course, has drawn well wishers from Scotland’s political arena.

“Sir Sean Connery distinguished himself as a world-famous actor and brought credit to Scotland for not only his performances but the manner in which he conducted himself in public life. We wish him well in stepping down from public engagements,” the Scotsman quoted the leader of the Labour Party Iain Gray as saying.

“Sean Connery and James Bond have become inseparable iconic figures and Sir Sean is probably the best known Scottish and British actor of all time, ” said Annabel Goldie, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.

“If he has now decided to put his feet up and take things easier then I send him my best wishes and thank him for his magnificent contribution to cinema and to Scotland,” Goldie added.

An SNP spokesperson said: “Sean is a great supporter of Scotland and the causes he believes in, and will continue to be so.”

The 80-year-old failed to turn up at Dressed to Kilt, a key event of the Scotland Week programme in New York, which led to speculation about his health. His publicist Nancy Seltzer said the actor was playing golf at his home in the Bahamas.

“I’ve left word for Sean, who is on the golf course. He told me he wasn’t attending and had retired from public appearances,” she said.

When asked specifically about his health Seltzer replied: “Sean is in great health, mentally and physically. Thank you for asking. When he turned 80 he decided to retire from making public appearances. I do truly think he’s earned the right to do so without speculation.” (ANI)

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