To mark the 50th anniversary of a movie icon, Paul Duncan combed through one million images from the Bond archives - and found these remarkable candid on-set pictures, seen here for the first time
In Piz Gloria, Switzerland, George Lazenby (pictured right) chats to three of Blofeld’s ‘Angels of Death’ on the set of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The girls spent most of their time knitting, influenced by keen knitter Joanna Lumley, here watching from behind on a sofa strewn with her handiwork.
Connery (pictured right) is giving her a pep talk at the Courtleigh Manor hotel in Jamaica.
It’s 8am at Pinewood Studios and Pierce Brosnan and Sophie Marceau are in bed (pictured right), getting to know each other before filming the key seduction scene for The World Is Not Enough.
Director Michael Apted rehearsed the scene with the actors for about 20 minutes: ‘I’d had the idea of using ice and Sophie developed that into the idea of kissing him with the ice. She’s really good to work with because she’s so uninhibited.’
Indeed, of the 16 takes Apted shot, ten would prove to be unusable if Bond were to get a 12 rating (Licence To Kill is the only Bond film to have been given a higher rating: 15).
Left and right Roger Moore and Carole Bouquet before filming a torture scene in For Your Eyes Only. KGB stooge Aris Kristatos ties Bond to Melina Havelock (Bouquet) on the back of a boat, before dragging them through a shark-infested reef. The scene was taken from Ian Fleming’s Live And Let Die, but not used in that film.
Martine Beswick, who played Paula Caplan in Thunderball, in an unused promotional photograph. Thirty-six divers were flown into Nassau from as far afield as Virginia.
Beswick relaxing during the shooting of Thunderball, her second Bond film. Despite being born in Jamaica, she had been away from the Caribbean for so long by 1965 that she was required to sunbathe for two weeks solid before shooting began. When the cast and crew flew out to Nassau, BOAC changed the plane’s call sign to 007.
Paul Duncan is the editor of The Pedro Almodóvar Archives (Taschen), out now, and The James Bond Archives (Taschen), published September.