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Connery and Ekland open film event

Published 16/06/2010 | 19:01

Sir Sean Connery at opening of Edinburgh Film Festival
Sir Sean Connery at opening of Edinburgh Film Festival

Sir Sean Connery and Britt Ekland added a touch of James Bond to the opening gala of the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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The former 007, who turns 80 in August and is celebrating his birthday early as part of the festival, joked with fans and signed autographs as he walked the red carpet at the screening of acclaimed French animator Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist.

Britt, who was a Bond Girl alongside Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun, is on the jury for the Michael Powell Award at this year's festival, along with jury president Sir Patrick Stewart, who also attended the premiere.

Ekland said of Connery's birthday celebrations at the event: "That's perfectly OK. As long as there's a Bond in the picture, that's fine."

The 67-year-old Swedish actress was delighted to be a part of the festival.

She said: "It's a fantastic place Edinburgh, I love being here anytime. I did my show here two years ago and I have worked here many times and I know it well and I always feel welcome when I come to Edinburgh."

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, whose film The Dry Land is showing at the festival, also added a touch of glamour to the festival, signing autographs for fans in a little black dress by Alice and Olivia.

She said: "It's great to be here. It's a beautiful city. It's my first time in Scotland."

The Illusionist is based on an unproduced script that the French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati wrote in 1956, and follows a magician who leaves the bright lights of Paris to work in the picturesque city of Edinburgh.

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