Bond Star Is Now Sir Sean Connery

Wednesday, July 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The name is Sean. Sir Sean.

Decked out in full Scottish regalia, Sean Connery was formally knighted Wednesday by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

``It's one of the proudest days of my life,'' the star of seven James Bond films told reporters, accompanied by his wife, Micheline, and brother, Neil.

Connery, 69, knelt while the queen touched his shoulders lightly with a sword and then rose and bowed as she placed a small red sash bearing his medal around his neck.

During the brief conversation that ensued, Connery said, ``She just asked how often I come up here.''

Though Connery is a native of Scotland and bears a tattoo proclaiming ``Scotland Forever,'' he does not reside here.

Asked by a reporter Wednesday if he would be coming back to Scotland, he broke into a grin and said, ``I haven't gone yet.''