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Stunning photos of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress on the set of Dr. No to fetch £ 1.2K at auction


Rare photos of the late Sir Sean Connery and Ursula Andress on the set of the first Bond film are up for auction this week.

The series of 12 black and white photographs, arranged on a contact sheet, was taken during the production of Terence Young's iconic adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Dr. No.

It was the first time Connery – who died earlier this month at the age of 90 – stepped into the shoes and polite tuxedo of the beloved British spy he portrayed between 1962 and 1971.

Sean Connery and Ursula Andress are on the set of Dr. No to be seen in a series of 12 black-and-white images to be auctioned

Connery appears as James Bond and Andress as the love interest of his spy character Honey Ryder in the legendary 1962 film

Connery appears as James Bond and Andress as the love interest of his spy character Honey Ryder in the legendary 1962 film

The pictures show the shocking moment in which Bond and Ryder pose in their hotel room after drinking coffee

The pictures show the shocking moment in which Bond and Ryder pose in their hotel room after drinking coffee

The series of 12 still images was taken while filming Dr. No, Ian Fleming's first spy novel adapted for the big screen

The series of 12 still images was taken while filming Dr. No, Ian Fleming's first spy novel adapted for the big screen

Contact sheets were used by photographers to proof of all negatives from a roll of film on a single sheet of 8 "by 10" photo paper, making it easy to select which images to enlarge.

The pictures show the shocking moment in which Bond (played by Connery) and Honey Ryder (Andress) passed out in their dressing gowns after drinking drugged coffee in a hotel room.

There are also moments captured off the rolling cameras, including Andress laughing with the crew while changes are made to her costume.

The contact form with 12 black and white images is expected to fetch £ 800-1,200 when auctioned this week

The contact form with 12 black and white images is expected to fetch £ 800-1,200 when auctioned this week

Each picture is marked with a series of numbers and the back is written with a pencil “W”.

The contact form is expected to sell between £ 800 and £ 1,200 when it goes under the hammer at the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction at Prop Store in Hertfordshire this week.

The unknown starlet Andress was catapulted to fame after becoming the first Bond girl in the iconic 1962 film, Dr.

The unknown starlet Andress was catapulted to fame after becoming the first Bond girl in the iconic 1962 film, Dr.

84-year-old Andress stole hearts around the world and immediately became a pin-up after her appearance as Honey Ryder

84-year-old Andress stole hearts around the world and immediately became a pin-up after her appearance as Honey Ryder

The film was also famous for the cult scene in which Andress comes out of the ocean in a two-piece white bikini

The film was also famous for the cult scene in which Andress comes out of the ocean in a two-piece white bikini

In the first Bond film, the British spy is sent to Jamaica to investigate an agent's disappearance.

The path leads him to the underground base of Dr. No, planning to disrupt a Cape Canaveral space launch with a radio beam weapon.

Amid the thrill of the spy action film, Bond naturally has a romantic interest in the seductive Honey Ryder, a clam diver who comes out of the ocean in an unforgettable ivory bikini.

Last month, the same costume Andress wore went on sale in Los Angeles, with an expected price of $ 500,000.

84-year-old Andress stole hearts from around the world when she made her debut in the famous two-parter. She became an instant pin-up as soon as her character, the beachcomber Honey Ryder, dripped out of the ocean in a bathing suit.

The scene has been copied and parodied countless times since the film was released nearly six decades ago and recreated in a more recent Bond film by actress Halle Berry.

But while Berry certainly made a splash in her own portrayal of the moment featured in Pierce Brosnan's film Die Another Day, no Bond girl moment has ever topped Andress's legendary beach scene.

The moment of the career catapulted Andress, who was a relatively unknown actress at the time, to a superstar, and she has previously credited the bikini with leading her to success.

Dr. No also catapulted her co-star Connery to fame and played the British secret agent six more times.

Between 1962 and 1967 he played in Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Twice.

After leaving the role, he returned in 1971 for the seventh film Diamonds Are Forever and appeared as Bond in Never Say Never Again in 1983.

Bond's creator Ian Fleming initially doubted Connery was the right man for the role, stating, "He's not what I imagined James Bond would look like," describing the 6ft 2ins actor as "an overgrown stunt man ".

But he later changed his mind after seeing the success of Dr.

The legendary 1962 film also marked the first time audiences heard the immortal words "Bond … James Bond".

In an open moment from the set, captured in the refreshing pictures, Andress has a crew member change her costume

In an open moment from the set, captured in the refreshing pictures, Andress has a crew member change her costume

The blonde actress laughs with a crew member during a brief break from filming with Sean Connery to fix her pants

The blonde actress laughs with a crew member during a brief break from filming with Sean Connery to fix her pants

Since then, it has been one of the most famous self-introductions in film history.

Connery died in sleep of pneumonia and heart failure at the age of 90. His death certificate was released on Sunday.

Connery's official cause of death was listed as "respiratory failure" caused by pneumonia, old age, and atrial fibrillation – a heart condition that causes an irregular and rapid heart rate.

Atrial fibrillation, in turn, can increase the risk of heart failure and stroke.

He died in the Bahamas at the age of 90. The report received from TMZ states that he is married and lists his occupation as a "retired actor".

The James Bond legend leaves behind his wife Micheline, Jason and his other son Stefan.

At the time of his death, Jason told the BBC: “We are all working to understand this great event as it only happened recently, although my father has been unwell for some time.

"A sad day for everyone who knew and loved my father, and a sad loss for everyone around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."

The black and white images caught moments behind the rolling cameras of Dr. No, the first in the Bond franchise, one

The black and white images caught moments behind the rolling cameras of Dr. No, the first in the Bond franchise, one

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