Sean Connery fans beg Edinburgh Airport is renamed after iconic James Bond star

Demands have been made to honour the late Edinburgh-born actor, Sir Sean Connery.

The star who became a household name after becoming the first actor to take on the role of James Bond in film-form.

Sir Sean died on Saturday, October 31, 2020, aged 90 after suffering from dementia for several years.

Following the news of his death, fans in his home town and across the world have launched a petition to change the name of the city's airport.

Taking to petition site Change, one fan believes that the city should honour "one of her most famous sons".

Andrew Morton called on owners Global Infrastructure Partners to consider the change.

"Liverpool has John Lennon airport, Belfast has George Best airport and with the death of one of her most famous sons Edinburgh should have a Sir Sean Connery airport," he said.

So far, over 500 people have signed the petition in hopes that their voices are heard.

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Sir Sean's wife Micheline Roquebrune revealed that the star who was once dubbed "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure" will be cremated in the Bahamas, where he died.

She said: "We have not decided what to do. That is something we will talk about soon but he will be cremated in The Bahamas, which is what he wanted."

Despite never forgetting his Fountainbridge, Scotland, routes – Sean spent the last 45 years of his life residing in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Following his death, tributes poured in from across the world with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying: "I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.

"Our nation today mourns one of her best-loved sons.

"Sean was born into a working-class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world's most accomplished actors."

She added: "Sean will be remembered best as James Bond – the classic 007 – but his roles were many and varied.

"He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth."

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