The working-class lad from Edinburgh rose to become a screen icon and one of the world's most instantly recognisable stars.
Kosovo, Taiwan, Palestine, Catalonia and Bougainville are all seeking independence, with varying levels of success.
Independence is a vexed question for the Scottish people, especially with so much yet unknown about how the UK will fare in its divorce from the European Union.
Johnson is back at No 10- but British voters may be in for a rude shock when they realise his is a much tougher and more conservative agenda than many believe.
At first glance it seems like a strange strategy to go big on another independence referendum when half of Scots would vote No.
Charismatic Ruth Davidson broke the mould of the traditional Tory MP to reach parts of the electorate others couldn't. So how do the Scottish Conservatives fill the vacuum she leaves?
It worked in Ireland – now Nicola Sturgeon is asking selected citizens to examine the big constitutional issues facing the country.
Its first new channel since 2003, does this Scottish offering reflect a genuine BBC commitment to 21st century 'nations and regions'?
As the Brexit clock ticks down and the Alex Salmond crisis grows, the stakes have never been higher for his SNP successor.
Englishness has been found in diverse places and has taken diverse forms.
Scotland's former first minister has sparked outrage in the UK with his latest move.
The Spanish government is dealing with the Catalonian secession movement in entirely the wrong way. But what would getting it right look like?
Scotland's former first minister on Brexit, Scotland and the need for a new generation of visionaries.
The birth certificates of the 41 players in the squad touring New Zealand are an eclectic mix.
Even though they won the election in Scotland, the result will be portrayed as a loss for the SNP. So where does it leave Nicola Sturgeon on a second independence referendum?
Theresa May isn't the only national leader having a queasy election.
London's media were unified against Scottish separatism in 2014. Second time around, the picture is more complicated.
The Scottish and UK leaders exchanged fire this week – so, who's winning?
With a second Scottish referendum 'all but inevitable', here's a strange pill for the nationalists to swallow.
As a second independence referendum beckons, a counterweight to the unionist-leaning press is hugely important to the Yes side.