Partying in Las Vegas with Roger Moore sounds like the life of a Bond Girl. But for renowned photographer Terry O’Neill, it was just another job. Albeit a very fun one.
O’Neill, who has been taking iconic shots from behind the action scenes of the film franchise since the 1960s, is celebrating Bond’s 50th birthday by putting on a show of his photographs.
Like many incredibly cool jobs, O’Neill became a James Bond photographer by a fluke. He tells HuffPost UK, “When I was working as a photographer for a newspaper, they sent me down to the set of From Russia With Love, I took some photographs, and it carried on from there.”
It wasn’t long before O’Neill became friends with Bond stars Sean Connery and Roger Moore, saying he was “made to feel part of The Big Bond Family”.
Despite being fascinated by the film sets and the cast being “great people”, O’Neill says the success of Bond came as a surprise to everyone.
“Bond just got bigger and bigger, and nobody really had any idea it would. Most people thought there would just be a couple of films and things would move on. But it was a good time, it was in the 60s, when anything which came out of England was first rate. Bond swept the world.”
Having experiences so many Bond films first hand - and of course, so many Bonds - surely O’Neill must have a favourite?
“For me, Sean was the best Bond. He was the best all-rounder. But they all brought something of their own to the role. Roger brought a great sense of humour to the role, Craig has brought a great sense of seriousness, he’s a very believable bond and he’s really changed the character. Even George Lazenby, who didn’t last long, had something”
O’Neill’s Bond collection includes shots of six official Bonds, as well as David Niven and Peter Sellers from 1967’s Casino Royal and classic Bond Girls like Ursual Andress and Honor Blackman.
But the semi-retired photography legend had to pick up his camera again for the most recent Bond actor:
“I’m not really interested in photography any more, I’ve semi-retired; there’s nobody I want to photograph now. Nobody as great as all the people I used to photograph. I made an exception for Craig because I had to - the man is so cool, and I wanted him to be part of the show. “
All About Bond: Photographs by Terry O’Neill, Proud Chelsea, 13 September - 4 November 2012, proud.co.uk
20th June, 1975 - release of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws .
Nominated for an Academy Award and claiming three Oscars, this was the film that put Spielberg on the map and made him to the iconic Hollywood hero he is today.
Happy 54th Birthday Prince!
Son of a Jazz pianist and singer, he himself is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of 2004.
With 10 platinum albums and thirty top-40 singles he is someone we all know, especially with thanks to his flamboyant stage presence. Although his numerous stage names makes the situation slightly confusing… Jamie Starr? Joey Coco?
‘It girl’, actress and model… turned human rights activist. She was once the first wife of Rolling Stone Mick.
Bianca Jagger has long since left her wild days behind her now, but maybe we can still remember her as the style icon of the 1970s, close friend to Mr. Andrew Warhola and disco doll of Studio 54. The supermodel who won the 1972 Woman of the Year Hat Award.
Growing up in Nicaragua it’s no wonder she became a human rights activist after all.
Happy 77th birthday!
Who are generation-Y? The Peter-Pan generation, who will never grow up, leave home or find a job.
Born between 1980 and 1999, if you’re reading this, you’re a tech-savy-social-networking fanatic, and certain to classify, and most importantly you’re deeply sophisticated… but maybe a little cynical. Meet the criteria?
The last generation born into the 20th century, you show a strong sympathy for cultural liberality- especially aligning with the 2011 Occupy movement. However, you’re also likely to switch jobs frequently and delay your own path to adulthood.
What could possibly come next generation-Z? The generation born into the internet, networked technology, globalisation and postmodernism.
A little afraid?