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Connery 'Shakes And Stirs' Scotland Debate
James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery is urging fellow Scots to vote for independence as the opportunity is "too good to miss".
The Hollywood star claimed a "new nation" with more hope would be created if Scotland backs leaving the UK in September's referendum.
Sir Sean, who does not live in the country but is a well-known supporter of independence, said a yes vote would "capture the world's attention".
He said: "I fully respect the choice facing Scotland in September is a matter for the people who choose to work and live there - that's only right.
"But as a Scot with a lifelong love of Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss.
He added: "Scotland has the chance to make a step change."
Sir Sean said a yes vote would mean a "renewed focus on our culture and politics, giving us an unparalleled opportunity to promote our heritage and creative excellence.
"Simply put there is no more creative an act than creating a new nation."
The movie star, 83, said he was "particularly excited" about the prospects that independence could offer the film and creative industries.
He claimed these could be boosted by more investment, helping to create jobs north of the border with the "international promotion of Scotland as an iconic location".
Writing in an article in the Sun on Sunday and the New Statesman, he said a "a bigger and more confident film and broadcast sector" could help bring about "an inflow of resources and new jobs and training".
But the Better Together campaign - which wants Scotland to stay in the UK - says independence would mean losing jobs, and create more uncertainty, instability and barriers for businesses.
Last month, singer David Bowie, in a message read by model Kate Moss at the Brits, urged Scots to remain a part of the UK, saying: "Stay with us Scotland."
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