Sir Sean Connery has paid a visit to Edinburgh, to the street on which he was born nearly 80 years ago in order to unveil a plaque honouring the regeneration of the area.
The site is located at 176 Fountainbridge, a block that was demolished back in the 1960’s. However, now the plaque marks the new housing and office development of Springside just a few yards from where the James Bond actor grew up.
Sir Sean stated that the area is now very different from the area he remembers when he was a child growing up. The plaque honours Sean Connery as an International film star and an Oscar winning actor and marks the place of his childhood home.
Sir Sean stated that when he was growing up his home was located in an industrial area, which left a mark both on his life, and Edinburgh in general, but now it is a pleasant area to visit, work, and live due to the amount of new homes, businesses, offices, and open spaces that have been built in place of tenements and factories.
However, he added that even throughout the transformation he is sure that the community spirit of the area is still strong.
While in the area, Sir Sean also met with the staff from CMI (Centre for the Moving Image) which works to bring the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse together.
Director of the site’s developer, Dr. Ali Afshar, stated that it was an honour to see Sir Sean come back to his home as a child.