1 of 17 portraits of 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
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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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Exhibitions and displays
- Public and Private: Winston Churchill in Photographs
Until 5 June 2016
- Bond: Behind the Scenes of Spectre
Until 10 January 2016