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Actor Connery 'feeling very well'
Sean Connery
Connery is a supporter of the SNP
Veteran actor Sir Sean Connery has said he is "feeling very well" following surgery to remove a kidney tumour.

The former James Bond star, attending a Scottish fashion show in New York, said people had been "almost overly friendly" inquiring after his health.

The 75-year-old also reiterated his support for new Bond Daniel Craig, calling him "a very, very good actor".

Sir Sean underwent surgery at a private hospital in New York last month, making a complete recovery.

'New departure'

The actor made the comments on his first public appearance since his operation to remove the tumour, which is understood to be benign.

He has already said that Daniel Craig will make a good James Bond, calling his casting "a terrific choice... a completely new departure".

Sir Sean played James Bond in seven films between 1962 and 1983 including Dr No and Diamonds Are Forever.

The Oscar-winner told the BBC he eventually became tired of the part.

"One of the reasons I stopped doing it was because I got really fed up with the space stuff and special effects," he said.

"I just found it getting more and more influential in the movies."

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