Countless people have already written about how James Bond is a style hero, the gentleman spy with an edge harder than the diamonds you’d find on a Rolex. And he’s worn plenty of those too, even if Omega have the market cornered these days.
However, the one thing that has always stuck with me about Bond comes, not from the films nor Ian Fleming, but rather Sebastian Faulks, who, speaking at a Royal Society of Literature talk in 2016, described Bond as a man who can’t stand still, someone who’d sooner be jumping out of a plane than thinking about the morality of shooting people. So, the question is, how do you capture such a dynamic character on camera?
Well, Leica have the answer: you use Bond’s own camera of choice, which happens to be the new special edition Leica Q2 ‘007’. And no, not that Q. The camera has a minimalist design in keeping with the Spy’s secretive ways, although with the superspy’s signature stylish flair just underneath. The case is designed by luxury suitcase brand Globe-Trotter and both case and camera are finished in an Ocean Green leather colourway. Not to mention that the lens cap features the signature bond rifled barrel pattern, making for that perfect shot work in more ways than one.
When it comes to photographic specs, the Q2 is a master of its game with a HighResOLED viewfinder, fixed 28mm prime lens, fast auto focus and coming with 4k video capability. So not only can you snap awesome stills of Bond with martini in hand, but you can also capture him in his fast-paced action glory.
Accompanying the release of the Q2 ‘007’ edition, Leica are hosting a No Time To Die – Behind The Scenes exhibition in London, featuring exclusive photography of the film’s production shoot on Leica cameras. The exhibition will include photos taken by Daniel Craig, the leading man, and Michael G. Wilson, a long time Bond producer, as well as two professional photographers.
The Leica Q2 ‘007’ is available to purchase online and in store in a limited edition of 250 pieces, in celebration of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, which hits cinemas September 30th. Hopefully.
More details at Leica.