||MI6 Confidential lifts the lid on the story of Pierce
Brosnan's unveiling as James Bond as told by renowned
unit photographer Keith Hamshere...
MI6 Confidential - Keith Hamshere Feature
20th May 2012
Brosnan was confirmed to take over
the role of James Bond in 1994 after a lengthy hiatus (largely
due to legal disputes) from Timothy
second and final 007 film "Licence
To Kill", EON Productions
faced the challenge of introducing a new actor to the public
for the fourth time.
On the 8th of June 1994, on the set of "GoldenEye",
Pierce Brosnan was introduced to the world as the new 007. But
it would be an iconic photo session that would capture the public's
imagination as images of the new Bond hit newspapers and magazines
around the world. It was up to renowned unit photographer
Keith Hamshere to come up with a unique concept that would be
seen by millions.
Hamshere, who had known Brosnan before he landed
the Bond role, came up with the idea of putting him in front
of a barrage of flames. After a lot of testing with special effects
guru Chris Corbould,
and many safety checks to ensure it could be shot indoors, the
shoot was scheduled on a spare
at Leavesdon, where the film was in production. Hamshere explains
how the session grew in scale: "We had the strobes and flame
bars prepared with the special effects guys, a team of four fireman,
and hair people standing beside it. It had suddenly become quite
a big number. Then we set the flames on and Pierce's expression
was “WOW!” as they roared in to life."
lot people think that it's a montage backing behind Pierce,
but it's not, it's for real."
"We had to cover Izabella
Scorupco in flame-proof grease because she was in a skimpy
dress and had bare shoulders and a bare back to the flames.
It all took about an hour once we had it set up, and it
was a fantastic shoot."
Read the complete
interview with Keith Hamshere about his fascinating career
and time on the Bond locations photographing Roger
Timothy Dalton and Pierce
Brosnan in MI6 Confidential Issue #15 - now
around the world.
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