‘Unseen’ Bond images by photographer Terry O’Neill discovered (update)

Previously unseen images by Terry O’Neill – including pictures from early James Bond films – have been discovered during research of the celebrity photographer’s archive.

Picture: Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore
Photo credit: Copyright Terry O'Neill

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Previously unseen images by Terry O’Neill – including pictures from early James Bond films – have been discovered during research of the celebrity photographer’s archive.

The finds, which were made in the past few months, include a photo of Bond actor Sean Connery 'off duty' with showgirls in Las Vegas and Honor Blackman in a ‘provocative’ Pussy Galore shoot that was never published.

The pictures – many from the Sixties - are due to go on show next month at an exhibition in London entitled Terry O’Neill: 50 Years At The Top.

Work on display will include the photographer’s famous 1971 image of Brigitte Bardot smoking a cigar (see below).

O’Neill said: ‘The Sixties were an incredible time. Young people took over, creating their own cultural landscape on stage in music, fashion and on the film set.

‘I was lucky… Seriously lucky. I was in the right place at the right time. But I never realised then that we were remaking the world in our own image – or that mine would become such a testament to the time.

O’Neill is grateful for the freedom he was given, on film sets, backstage and ‘just rubbing shoulders with my mates who became these icons’ - something not available to photographers today, he said.

‘Now, image is everything; the stars are brands and their management control access and publication, so we never get to see them as they really are at work, rest or play.’

Terry O’Neill: 50 Years At The Top will take place at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs from 23 March-23 April.

Connery in Las Vegas

Picture credit: Copyright Terry O'Neill

Pussy Galore

Picture credit: Copyright Terry O'Neill

Brigitte Bardot

Picture credit: Copyright Terry O'Neill

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