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Ian Fleming, by Cecil Beaton, October 1962 - NPG P869(14) - © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

Ian Fleming

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, October 1962
9 5/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (244 mm x 240 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
Primary Collection
NPG P869(14)

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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 350 portraits.

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James Bond's suave image is evoked in Beaton's portrait of Fleming reclining in a suit and bow-tie, smoking a cigarette with bottles and a cocktail shaker (recalling Bond's liking for martinis) in the background. In addition to his smoking and drinking habits Fleming also imbued Bond with other personal traits, including his playboy reputation and naval intelligence background, which provided much of the detail for his writing. Leading society and celebrity photographer Beaton was a visitor at Goldeneye, where the Flemings entertained many distinguished guests. Others included fellow writers Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and politician Sir Anthony Eden.

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