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Just Shoot Him

A new photography book shows that, when it comes to James Bond, the image is just as important as the action

Author Chris Wright Photography GOLDFINGER © 1964 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation


There’s a black-and-white promo shot for the new James Bond movie, Spectre, that shows a moody Daniel Craig, hand in pocket, leaning against an Aston Martin DB10. Does it get any cooler than that? Actually, yes. The photograph is a recreation of the one shown here, taken during the filming of 1964’s Goldfinger, depicting the incomparable Sean Connery, hand in pocket, leaning against a DB5. This is just one of the images from James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition, out this month from Taschen. The 624-page book includes plenty to keep the Bond nerd occupied (set designs, storyboards, reminiscences from crew members), but the big attraction is the chance to ogle the clothes, the cars, the cold smiles—the Casanova/killer aesthetic that is just as important to the James Bond franchise as the action. (DEC. 1)

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