Sir Sean Connery Makes Rare Public Appearance To Open Stock Exchange

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May 18, 2012 | 7:26am EST

Sir Sean Connery stepped back into the spotlight on Thursday to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
The Bond legend vowed to retire from public appearances in 2011 after he failed to show up for the annual Dressed To Kilt charity event in the Big Apple.
The move sparked rumors he was suffering ill health, but he returned to center stage on Thursday when he helped open the Wall Street financial market.
Stock Exchange bosses invited the actor and Professor Louise Anderson, who is the principal of St Andrews university in Connery’s native Scotland.
The appearance was to mark the 600th anniversary of the prestigious college, of which Connery is an honorary graduate.
Professor Anderson says, “To be with him when we rang the bell this morning was a very memorable experience. Everywhere he went he was mobbed by people wanting to talk to him and take pictures, and he dealt with the attention very well.
“He is very energetic, was in great form, and still has a real passion and commitment to Scotland.”