All About Bond: Photographs by Terry O’Neill

Does every girl have a type they always fall for? Or is it just me? I’ve always enjoyed being charmed by witty guys. And until I started going out with the bf five years ago, the ones I used to end up with also had a bad boy edge to them. Yet they were also very much gentlemen. If they didn’t possess manners or a sense of humour, they didn’t stay on my radar for too long.

I guess that’s why I have always loved James Bond whether he is portrayed by Sean Connery, Roger Moore or more recently Daniel Craig.

Last weekend I popped into Terry O’Neill’s exhibition at Proud Chelsea to discover a celebration of everything I love about James Bond and more.

Sean Connery behind the lens, ‘Diamonds are Forever’, Las Vegas, 1971 © Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill’s photographs on display manage to capture the off-screen wit of the actors who have played 007. The image above is one of my favourites from the exhibition and I also loved the photograph of Sean Connery teeing off on the moon with an astronaut and the American flag standing proudly by him.

There are also some fantastic shots of Roger Moore with his cast of Bond Girls and in each one there is always a twinkle in his eye. In the photos Moore continues to embody his character yet he manages to also convey his personal sense of humour – enough to make me swoon.

Daniel Craig’s more serious portrait is also in keeping with his more psychologically explorative portrayal of Bond, which itself is striking.

As I left Proud Chelsea and stepped back onto the King’s Road, I felt somewhat lifted. Terry O’Neill’s photographs oozed personality – enough to make me smile inside and out.

And needless to say, I am now counting down to Skyfall!

All About Bond: Photographs by Terry O’Neill, Proud Chelsea, 13th September – 4th November 2012, www.proud.co.uk

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