Sir Sean Connery denied he had distanced himself from the Scottish National Party by removing its logo from his official website.
Sir Sean's spokesman says the actor is still committed to the SNP
The Scots actor said the changes to his site were "purely technical".
Sir Sean has been the Nationalists' most high-profile supporter and has donated thousands to party funds.
But James Baron, the actor's spokesman, said his support for the party, and his interest in the current leadership election, remained as strong as ever.
He said: "Even for the silly season this is a particularly stupid story.
"The changes to Sir Sean's website were purely technical and took place six
"The truth is that, in common with every SNP supporter, Sir Sean has been
galvanised and enthused by the excitement being generated by the SNP leadership campaign."
SNP leadership contender Mike Russell asked fellow contestant, Alex Salmond, if he could shed light on the website changes.
Mr Russell told BBC Radio Scotland's Sunday Live programme: "I have worked with Sean in the past and he has been a strong supporter.
"Alex is the one who has been using his name at every hustings, and I think
Alex has to say what is going on there."
And Mr Russell said the development would make no difference to the battle in which he, Mr Salmond and Roseanna Cunningham are fighting for the SNP
Mike Russell says he wants answers
He added: "I think he (Connery) does a lot of good (for the party), but it's a contest in which 8,000 members will make their decision."
Mr Salmond, who is a close friend of Sir Sean, later dismissed Mr Russell's
He said: "I have not mentioned Sean at a single hustings. Mike must be going
to different meetings."
Meanwhile, Scottish actress and television star Elaine C Smith has given public backing to the joint ticket of Mr Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, who is seeking the deputy leadership.
'Change for better'
She said: "I think that the combination of Alex leading around the country and Nicola
in the Scottish Parliament will be great news not just for the SNP but for
"I am no party hack and prefer to support political ideals and people across progressive politics.
"However, like most folk, I realise that this nation needs a strong SNP and I am convinced that we will become an independent country.
"It is vital that we get some of the verve and vision back into Scottish
politics. We have had a poor time politically since 1999.
"However, I sense a change for the better coming and Nicola and Alex can surf that new tide."