No Time to Die may have been postponed till fall, but ACC Art Books has got something tasty to tide us over. They just published an über-cool collection of Bond film pix taken by the legendary Terry O'Neill. Bond: Photographed by Terry O'Neill—The Definitive Collection, available to order here, covers several of the 007 sets that O'Neill documented, dating from 1964's Goldfinger.
"In the 1960s and 1970s, when the Bond films could only be savored at the cinema," No Time to Die screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis note in the book's introduction. "Terry O’Neill’s photographs kept Bond in the public eye, both in his iconic portraits of the stars, and also in the fun and even more glamorous behind-the-scenes shots that made it a world you wanted to be a part of."
"With Bond, Terry captured a spirit and made you want to be there," the duo writes. "How did he do it? Through his self-effacing charm and wit, and an abundance of talent for seizing precisely the right moment." He had a natural talent for putting his subjects at their ease.
O'Neill is the only photographer to capture Bond in all decades. In addition to the photos themselves, the book features many of O'Neill's contact sheets, providing both fascinating context and a glimpse at outtakes that have never been published before.
Cinema expert James Clarke's accompanying text is meatier and more informative than the captions that usually appear in these kinds of photo books, making it as appealing to read as it is to look at. He puts the images into historical context in an engaging way as well.
O'Neill had an eye for sartorial details, and he captured many images of Bond suiting up and even visits to the tailor, making the book of particular interest to style-minded gents.
Sadly the photographer died late last year, but his artistic legacy lives on in this must-have tribute.