Nostalgia: Silver screen’s golden stars

Sean Connery at the premiere of Diamonds Are Forever at the Odeon cinema in January 1972
Sean Connery at the premiere of Diamonds Are Forever at the Odeon cinema in January 1972
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THE stars were out in the Capital this week as the cast of Sunshine on Leith attended its international premiere.

As well as The Proclaimers, whose music the film was based on, there was director Dexter Fletcher and cast members Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan, as well as a host of famous faces.

As the home of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, of course, the city is no stranger to big nights in front of the silver screen and over the years has hosted some of the biggest names in the business.

They don’t come much bigger than Sir Sean Connery, although he was still just “Mr Connery” when he returned home to the Capital in 1972 to find himself besieged by fans and autograph hunters at the Odeon Cinema for the ­premiere of Diamonds Are Forever.

Bill Travis and Virginia McKenna had a crowd of young admirers when they attended the world premiere of Bridal Path at the New ­Victoria Cinema in 1959.

It was “Carry on Commissioner” for Charles Hawtree and Diane Aubrey as they were welcomed to the Caledonian Hotel ahead of the ­Edinburgh premiere of Carry on Constable in 1960.

There was a star of a different sort in the city in 1961, when all eyes were on the little Skye terrier handed the starring role in Disney’s Greyfriars Bobby, at the film’s premiere in the Caley Cinema on ­Lothian Road in 1961.

And another legend of the big screen, Terry Thomas, joined director John Boulting and his wife Anne after Lucky Jim premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1957.