Sean Connery is set to shake and stir this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival by unveiling an autobiography on his 78th birthday.
The Scottish actor who defined the role of British secret agent James Bond and his literary collaborator, filmmaker Murray Grigor, discuss the book at the festival on Aug. 25, organizers said yesterday.
Connery, a passionate Scottish nationalist who has sworn not to live in his home country until it is independent, has titled his memoirs Being A Scot.
As the book festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, director Catherine Lockerbie told Reuters she had been keeping an eye on Connery’s autobiography through its various incarnations.
Edinburgh-born, Connery once delivered milk in the city and posed as a model at the College Of Art before hitting the big time.
“His book obviously had to be launched with us,” Lockerbie said.
The literary feast, with a record 800 authors participating in 750 events from Aug. 9-25, runs alongside the international arts festival, the anarchic fringe and a series of exhibitions in the biggest annual celebration of its kind in the world.
Connery’s appearance also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming, creator of British superspy James Bond, otherwise known as agent 007.
Author and comedian Charlie Higson will launch the fifth and final episode of his successful Young Bond series, while the authorized biography of Fleming, For Your Eyes Only, will feature at the festival.