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