Bond on art

October 31 2012

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Pictures: Eon productions

I haven't seen the new Bond film Skyfall yet,* but apparently it features a nice scene in the National Gallery. Daniel Craig, above, can be seen admiring works by Gainsborough and Wright of Derby. (In Derby, this has caused great excitement.) I'm secretly hoping that, in return for allowing the filming, National Gallery director Nick Penny managed to blag a role as an extra. Has anyone spotted him?

Bond clearly likes good old fashioned painting. In Dr. No, a scene in Bond's London apartment (below) reveals him to own a Kneller or Jervas-like portrait. And in the same film, Bond spots that Dr. No has stolen Goya's Portrait of the Duke of Wellington. Clearly, Bond reads AHN.

* and please let it be better than the woeful song by Adele.

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