PROS AND CONNERY

NEW YORK — The sound of bagpipes filled the air as the Film Society of Lincoln Center began its gala tribute to Scotland’s own Sean Connery at Gotham’s Avery Fisher Hall Monday night.

A black-tie clad crowd packed in to honor the original 007’s 40-year film career, clips from which were interspersed with tributes from the likes of former Bond girl Ursula Andress, Connery’s “Just Cause” co-star George Plimpton, his “Indiana Jones” son Harrison Ford, and helmer Sidney Lumet. Tippi Hedren waxed rapturous, recalling her kissing scene with the handsome Connery in the Hitchcock movie “Marnie.” Video accolades from Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw also were played.

Connery’s own gracious remarks topped off the evening. In his elegant brogue, he expressed wonder at “being rewarded for the pleasure of doing something that is in itself a reward.”

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