On this episode of From Tailors With Love I’m joined by Mark Mawston, photographer, writer and contributor to Mi6 Magazine.

Mark has some wonderful stories about meeting John Barry, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore and many more Bond glitterati.

Below is the photo he spoke about when meeting Roger Moore.

Roger Moore and wife photo by Mark Mawston

Photo by mark Mawston

Announcing the new James Bond

He was also there when Daniel Craig was announced as James Bond in the Royal Naval Docks.

Everyone was really excited. Craig was bombing up the Thames on his speedboat. The whole press are wondering, who is it going to be. Who will be the new Bond?

And this girl from EON said, ‘well everyone knows it’s Daniel Craig. and that ruined the moment. We’ve been waiting a year, I thought wow, how to spoil things. bit of a shame.’

You can check out his website here.

On meeting Sean Connery

I met Sean Connery, that was the worst experience of my photography life ever. I idolise the man. The best James Bond is Connery. I went to the premiere of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film.

Sean was forced into doing the press, he hated that film. So when Connery went to the premiere which I went down to photograph he was not in a good way.

He had quite a bit to drink. He walked up towards me, I got the shot, I thought great.

Somebody shouted, Mr Connery here’s a microphone. It was cracking up, and breaking up. Someone said ‘sing us a song Sean.

I thought it would be a good idea to show Sean I know about his background. I said, Sean you could sing something from south pacific.

He turned around ‘you fu*king what? I’m going to come over there.’

He shook his finger and said, ‘and if you’re going to smart, be smarter.’


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Further Reading

Read about my meeting George Lazenby at the BFI screening of On her Majesty’s Secret Service.


Profile photo sourced from FanPop

Daniel Craig press announcement photo sourced from Thunderballs