Welcome to an exclusive portfolio of behind-the-scenes photography from the 25th official James Bond film, No Time To Die. James Bond producer, Michael G. Wilson, offers a personal insight into his love of photography and explains the thought process behind his selection of 25 images from behind-the-scenes of the 25th official Bond movie, No Time To Die, all of which are shot on Leica cameras.
“My love of photography stretches all the way back to childhood. My father was a keen photographer and wherever he went he would invariably carry this suitcase that contained a mini-enlarger. He would set up in the bathroom and print his negatives.
As a child I was fascinated by the process and took up photography as a teen, which has remained a constant source of pleasure throughout my life. I would set up a darkroom wherever we lived — much to my wife’s horror. She did not like me taking over the bathrooms, which compelled me to build my own space in the basements or lofts of our residences.
Over the years, I have become a keen collector of photography as well as a practitioner, encouraged by Weston Naef, an old school friend who went on to become a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before being appointed as the head of photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
I was fortunate enough to persuade his daughter, Ella Naef, an extremely knowledgeable photographer and curator, to come and work with me. Ella has been instrumental in printing and organizing the Leica exhibition, which will be shown in ten locations: London, Tokyo, Osaka, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Salzburg, Singapore, Taipei, Seoul and Vienna.”
“The idea for the exhibition was born from conversations I had with Leica’s London archivist, Lou Proud, during the production of No Time To Die. When we realised we had four accomplished photographers snapping away on set who could capture behind-the-scenes moments with Leica cameras (Greg Williams, Nicola Dove, Daniel Craig and myself) we realised we had the makings of an exhibition.
With Ella’s help, we have assembled a portfolio of 25 images showing work by all four photographers. We created portfolios of which four are artist proofs for the four artists, one is for the EON archive and one is for sale at the Bond auction in autumn 2022.”
“When curating the portfolio, I opted for black and white images in the traditional style. Leica cameras and lenses produce excellent results in this medium.
Each photographer not only brought their unique vision to the project but also a personal relationship to the subject:
Daniel Craig has a very particular eye, and after pouring his heart and soul into five Bond films, has developed a deep connection to our crew. Hence, he has taken some wonderful behind-the-scenes shots focussed on the people who help us bring Bond to life.
Greg Williams is, of course, a world-renowned photographer who has worked with us on Bond for many years. He knows how to get in there and grab the picture that wins awards!
Nicola Dove is on set full time to document the making of the film. She is forever watching for those special moments which she captures magnificently.
And I just snap at anything that moves.
Each photographer has a very different style but with Leica’s cameras I feel that we are all speaking with one voice. I hope you enjoy what we have to say.”
– MICHAEL G. WILSON
The ‘No Time To Die – Behind the Scenes’ exhibition is now open at Leica Gallery London.
Leica Gallery London, 64-66 Duke Street, London, W1K 6JD
Duration: 10th September – 15th October 2021
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 – 18:00 | Sun: 12:00 – 18:00
Michael G. Wilson, producer of the James Bond film series together with his sister Barbara Broccoli, is a leading expert on 19th-century photography and founded The Wilson Centre for Photography. Wilson’s passion for photography provided the natural spark for the collaboration.
Daniel Craig is the star of five James Bond films and a celebrated actor on both stage and screen. Craig is also a keen photographer who loves to shoot on set with his Leica camera, when time permits!
Nicola Dove is a specialist in film stills and portraits, and the unit photographer for No Time To Die. She has worked with some of the world’s leading filmmakers.
Greg Williams is one of the world’s leading photographers. His cinematic style of composition and lighting was cultivated as a reportage photographer working behind-the-scenes on feature films.