Sean Connery

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Goldfinger, indeed.

Sean Connery, the original James Bond and Scotland's finest export, is being feted in Estonia with a bronze sculpture in his honor.

Per published reports, Connery, who at 80 (80!) is as dashing and debonair as ever, was unable to attend the ceremony in the Estonian capital of Tallinn organized by the city's Scottish Club.

But he did send a missive expressing his appreciation for the honor, which aims to pay tribute to "Scots who have made a difference."

"One cannot help but be flattered by the Scottish Club's gesture," said Sir Sean. "My best wishes to the members of the club and to all the people who made this possible."

Peter Carter, Britain's ambassador to Estonia, unveiled the bust outside the Scottish Club's headquarters. The statue depicts a bearded, middle-aged version of the Oscar winner (who looks suspiciously like Vladimir Lenin, no?). The organization, which began as a whiskey-sampling society, comprises mostly Scottish expatriates and local Estonians with a deep affection for Highland culture.

Connery, who is a member of the Scottish National Party, has been living in the Bahamas since retiring from the big screen after 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. An ardent Scottish nationalist (his memoirs were titled Being a Scot), the thesp has vowed not to return to his native country until Scotland is independent.

Connery, by the way, was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2000.

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