March 14, 2006

CORRECTED: Actor Sean Connery had cyst removed from kidney

Corrects March 13 story to read in third paragraph "He had
laparoscopic surgery to remove..." instead of orthoscopic

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Sean Connery had surgery in New
York to remove a cyst on his kidney a few weeks ago and has
recovered and received a clean bill of health, his
representative said on Monday.

The Scottish actor best known as the original James Bond in
films such as "Dr. No," "From Russia with Love" and
"Goldfinger" is now 75.

"He had laparoscopic surgery to remove a cyst on his
kidney," spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer said. She said Connery had
spent a short time in hospital in New York a few weeks ago and
was now back at his home in the Bahamas.

"He's perfectly fine and healthy," she said. "He's had a
completely clean bill of health and he's in great form."

Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said Connery had been
operated on by a team of specialists after a growth was found
on his kidney during medical tests. "I was opened in five
places," the paper quoted Connery as saying.

Seltzer said Connery was not in need of any further
treatment. "He's recovered," she said.