Catch the 34th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award on Saturday, July 29th at 6 30 pm only on STAR WORLD

Mumbai, July 27, 2006 - He's THE Bond, James Bond. He's the one who made a thick Irish brogue a thing for women to swoon over. A sex symbol, and an iconic film star for more than 4 decades, Sean Connery receives the highest honour for a career in film - the AFI Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute's Board Of Trustees…this Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. only on Star World.

This year, the awards will be presented to Sir Sean Connery at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, attended by the movers and shakers of the creative community. A plethora of Connery's well-known friends and collaborators both in front of, and behind the camera, speak about their experiences with Connery - on and off the film set. Packed with private anecdotes, personal recollections and witty observations, this is a chance for fans and film lovers to catch a glimpse of the man behind the suit, his private loves and altruistic concerns…and of life in that world we call Hollywood.

That's complemented by a presentation of Connery's extensive range and body of work over the years, from his Bond days, to his unforgettable stint in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, his fruitful partnerships in A Fine Madness, The Wind And The Lion, and The Hill with Sidney Lumet (amongst others), and his highly popular action flicks in the later stages of his career, including and earlier one who won him an Oscar, The Untouchables.

Expect to see plenty of Hollywood's most revered stars as well. Attended and presented by a plethora of big names like Harrison Ford, Mike Myers, Andy Garcia, Jane Seymour and many many more, this is a star-studded event which pays touching tribute to a body of work that has been accessible, inspired, ground-breaking, memorable and unfailingly entertaining through the years.

Most of all, it's a joy to watch Sean Connery as he laughs, cries, and watches in quiet pride the sum of his achievements. With this, Sean Connery joins the ranks of film giants. Past recipients of the award include Orson Welles, Jack Lemmon, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Greogory Peck, John Huston, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and in more recent years, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and George Lucas.

"The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

- Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.

We second that, Mr. Stringer. Don't forget to catch the 34th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award to Sir Sean Connery this Saturday, July 29th at 6 30 p.m. only on Star World.

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