Meet the man who gave Bond his gun

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DAVID Hurn has pho­tographed The Bea­tles and ac­tors Sean Con­nery and Peter O’Toole, but the image he re­ally wants to talk about is the one he missed on the Llan­beris Pass on a Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The 83-year-old was trav­el­ling from his home in South Wales to Llan­r­wst to open his new exhibition when he was stopped in his tracks by a flock of sheep.

“As well as the sheep, there were around six sheep dogs, some on leads, so I think they were be­ing trained,” said Hurn, who is one of only 62 work­ing Mag­num pho­tog­ra­phers in the world.

“There was a farmer on crutches, who was guid­ing the sheep, but I didn’t have my cam­era on me and by the time I got it, it was too late – the mo­ment had gone.

“I keep on think­ing about it, as it could have been a re­ally great image and you’re lucky if you’re a pho­tog­ra­pher to get 20 good ones a year.”

Hurn was talk­ing at the Tilt & Shift Gallery in Den­bigh Street, Llan­r­wst, where his new exhibition, ‘A 44 Mile Ra­dius’, is on show. The im­ages have all been se­lected by Hurn on the ba­sis of their ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion from the mar­ket town.

Photographs range from a Miss Sunny Rhyl Beauty Pageant taken in 1972, to an image taken from the steel­works at Shot­ton days be­fore it closed, to a sheep­dog trial at Lland­der­fel.

Although it frus­trates him, the im­ages he will per­haps be re­mem­bered for best were his work around film sets in the 1960s.

He has just re­turned from Cal­i­for­nia after pho­tograph­ing Jane Fonda, still a close friend of Hurn’s after he spent months on the cult sci-fi film Bar­barella, star­ring a young Fonda.

Hurn worked on the set of the first four James Bond movies and shot the film poster for From Rus­sia With Love, which fea­tures Sean Con­nery pos­ing with a gun for the first time.

He smiles when he re­counts an en­tourage, in­clud­ing the leg­endary Bond pro­ducer Cubby Broccoli and Con­nery, com­ing to his flat in Lon­don.

A pan­icked film pub­li­cist qui­etly told the Welsh­man he had for­got­ten Bond’s gun.

“It just hap­pened that I liked tar­get shoot­ing my­self with an air pis­tol,” said Hurn.

“It was a Walther – Bond’s pis­tol was a Walther PPK.

“So if you look at any of those Bond posters, there’s Bond pos­ing with my air pis­tol.”

Re­cently he has do­nated more than £3m worth of his work to the Na­tional Mu­seum Wales – 1,500 im­ages taken over a 60-year ca­reer.

Work includes the haunt­ingnt­ing im­ages taken at Aber­fan­fan dis­as­ter in 1966 when 116 16 chil­dren and 28 adults s per­ished when the tip slid down the moun­tain and cov­ered the vil­lage school.

A 44 Mile Ra­dius by David Hurn is open at Tilt & Shift Pho­tog­ra­phy y Gallery, 18 Den­bigh Street, Llan­r­wst un­til Novem­ber 18

Pic­tures: David Hurn/Mag­num Photos

David Hurn’s (left) iconic shot of James Bond. Be­low: Julie Christie on the tube in Lon­don in the 1960s

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