Hurn recalled that “by chance it happened that I practised air pistol target shooting as a hobby and the pistol I used was a Walther. It was decided between Tom and myself, that… 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… In theory Tom should have had the long barrel of the air pistol removed by airbrushing during the designing of the actual poster – in practice, for reasons, unknown, this was never done.”
The series of publicity shots was used for From Russia with Love (1963) and then the following three films: Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967).
Hurn notes that “the picture of Sean Connery holding the gun across his chest or alongside his face became the most famous of all Bond images”.
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