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From Russia With Love, 1963
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From Russia With Love, 1963

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From Russia With Love, 1963
A Walther air pistol held by Sean Connery as James Bond, in the photo-shoot used for the main image in the poster and advertising campaign for the 1963 United Artists/Eon film From Russia With Love; the air pistol, a Walther Cal. 4-5 LP Model 53, no. 054159, in presentation case with sight elements; accompanied by a letter concerning the provenance from the vendor, Magnum photographer, David Hurn, stating that the image he shot of Connery holding this Walther air pistol was ...used in some way or other to promote every Bond film till "You Only Live Twice"..; and a corresponding black and white photograph, (printed later) -- 10x8in. (25.4x20.3cm.) (2)
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David Hurn recalls that when he was commissioned to shoot the Bond portraits required for the publicity campaign for the second Bond film ...it was decided that the main image in the poster and advertising campaign.. should be ..a strong portrait of Sean Connery as Bond 007, with his Walther pistol... According to the photographer, when Connery arrived at his studio for the shoot, it was discovered by publicist Tom Carlile that no one had brought the gun needed for the shoot, a small Walther automatic [Walther PPK]. By chance the photographer practised air pistol target shooting as a hobby and had the air pistol he used for this purpose, also a Walther, to hand ...It was decided...that without telling Sean or the other representatives of United Artists - we would use my pistol for the pictures and presumed that should anyone have doubts on their seeing the name Walther on the gun, they would be reassured. This was, in fact, the case. In theory...the long barrel of the air-pistol..was to be removed by airbrushing during the designing of the actual poster - in practise ..this was never done...
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