Happy 87th birthday, Sean Connery

Luciana Paluzzi and Sean Connery during the filming of Thunderball

Today, Aug. 25, is the 87th birthday of Sean Connery, the first film James Bond.

Things haven’t been quite the same since he first donned his tailored suit and shoulder holster in 1962.

Big Tam has kept a low public profile since his last movie, 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He did voice over work for a From Russia With Love Video Game in 2005 and an animated film, 2012’s Sir Billi. And that’s about it.

With the passing earlier this year of Roger Moore at age 89, Connery now is the oldest surviving film 007 actor.

In any case, raise your cocktail of choice (the literary Bond drank more than vodka martinis) and make your own toast to Sir Sean.

Sean Connery’s (sort of) return to Bondage

Sir Billi poster

Sir Billi poster

Sean Connery has interrupted his retirement to voice the title character in an animated story, Sir Billi, who engages in adventures not unlike those of James Bond, the role that made the Scotsman a star. The poster image even includes a familiar looking car.

Here’s the description from a press release.

Kaleidoscope Entertainment is delighted to announce Scotland’s first full-length animated feature film SIR BILLI, releasing in cinemas from 13 SEPTEMBER 2013 and DVD on 16 SEPTEMBER 2013.

An ageing, skateboarding veterinarian Sir Billi goes above and beyond the call of duty fighting villainous policemen and powerful lairds in a battle to save an illegal fugitive — Bessie Boo the beaver!

A heart-warming and action packed family movie where thrilling car chases, heroic skydiving and daring stunts from this octogenarian, fuelled with encounters with a hostile submarine, will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Voiced by Sir Sean Connery, everyone wants a grandpa like Sir Billi, the Guardian of the Highlands! With a star-studded cast including Alan Cumming (Spy Kids, The Smurfs 2, X-Men 2) Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Mulan), Kieron Elliot (How to Train Your Dragon) and title track performed by Dame Shirley Bassey. Original score by Oscar nominee Patrick Doyle.

For the official Sir Billi Web site, CLICK HERE. To view Sir Billi’s page on the U.K. version of Amazon.com, CLICK HERE.