Sean Connery Stirred by Andy Murray's Historic U.S. Open Victory

Sean Connery sat courtside and cheered Murray to victory Monday night during what ended up being an epic U.S. Open final.

By Josh Grossberg
|  Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012  |  Updated 2:58 AM PDT
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Sean Connery Stirred by Murray's U.S. Open Victory

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Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with actor Sean Connery after his men's singles semifinal match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic.

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You know Andy Murray's got this when James Bond's in his corner.

Mr. original 007 himself, Sean Connery, sat courtside and cheered Murray to victory Monday night during what ended up being an epic U.S. Open final that saw the latter outlast Novak Djokovic through five grueling sets to become the first British man in 76 years to win a grand slam singles title.

After Murray's historic win, E! News caught up with the 82-year-old acting legend outside the men's locker room where he stopped by to congratulate his fellow Scotsman and predicted many more titles to come.

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"Of course the win is huge especially for him and I would imagine that he'll have at least six more," Connery told E! News. "And I hope he'll stay with (coach and former three-time U.S. Open champion Ivan) Lendl and get him to the next level."

The Oscar winner looked quite dapper wearing a beige suit and traditional U.S. Open straw hat as he and wife Micheline Roquebrone watched from the president's box overlooking center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Point after point, Connery clapped for his countryman, yelled encouragement and gave the occasional fist-pump.

The Goldfinger star was also on hand to lend his Midas touch to Murray's semifinal triumph on Saturday over Tomas Berdych, as he sat with Andy's mother, Judy, in Murray's box. Afterwards, he and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson crashed Murray's press conference where they posed for pictures.

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Tonight after posing with Murray's actual U.S. Open trophy, Connery told E! News the last time he attended the Open, arguably New York City's biggest sporting event, was when the Queens-based hard-court tournament was in Forest Hills before moving in 1978 to the larger Billy Jean King USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

"This is my first time here," said the thesp. "The stadium I came to in fact the last time was Forest Hills."

Since leaving Her Majesty's Secret Service following 1983's Bond adventure Never Say Never Again, and quitting acting for good after 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (save the occasional voice-over), Connery has been diving his time between his home in the Bahamas, advocating for an independent Scotland as a member of the Scottish National Party, and playing lots of golf.

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When asked how he's enjoying his big-screen retirement, Sir Sean told E! News, "Oh yeah, it's been very enjoyable."

And no doubt witnessing Andy Murray make Scotland--and all of Great Britain--proud made it even more so.

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