Sir Sean Connery has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award on the eve of the first Rome Film Festival.
The festival is hosting a retrospective of Sir Sean's movies
The 76-year-old, guest of honour at an opening concert at Rome Opera House, said the award was "fantastic".
Festival President Goffredo Bettini said Sir Sean was recognised for "his fame, popularity and his brilliance".
The festival gets under way with a gala screening of Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Steven Shainberg.
Other movies being shown in the event's premiere section include the new film from Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan, The Prestige, Mira Nair's The Namesake and Lasse Hallstrom's The Hoax, starring Richard Gere.
Italian star Monica Bellucci appears in two films making their debut in Rome, N (Napoleon and me) and The Stone Council.
The festival runs until 21 October.