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  • #16
    Licence to Kill (1989) [UK|Mexico|USA]

    Quoting IMDb: "James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him."

    The 16th. film in the "official" series and the second for Timothy Dalton as James Bond and Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny. In addition it was the 4th. outing for Robert Brown playing the new "M". This was also the last time these three were in a Bond film.

    IMDb says that three countries including the UK were involved in the production.

    Queen Elizabeth II's portrait appears from 00:57:53 to 00:58:03 when "M" is in his outer office talking with Miss Moneypenny.
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    A close up of the Queen's image - still fuzzy - but is it a painting or a photo? I gather the main heading over the portrait is "Queen Elizabeth II"
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    Currently unattributed.
    Last edited by lazarus6; 27 June 2019, 11:08 AM.


    • #17
      On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) [UK]

      Quoting IMDb: "James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world."

      The mob boss is Draco and his headstrong daughter is Tracy.

      This is the 6th. film in the "official" series and the first (and only) appearance of the Australian actor George Lazenby playing James Bond.

      We know that the Queen's portrait must appear somewhere or else this post would not exist...
      "M"'s office doesn't have a portrait (and never has as far as I know)
      Moneypenny's office doesn't have a portrait this time either
      James Bond's office (a first time for everything) does however have a portrait!
      First seen from 00:28:37 to 00:28:41
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      This appears to be the "Queen Regent by Pietro Annigoni (1955)" as illustrated in cornershop15's earlier post (23rd April 2019, 06:35 PM #3) in this thread.

      Then again from 00:29:18 to 00:29:25 when James verbally apologies to the Queen's portrait in a clever reflection shot before taking a drink after thinking he has resigned from the Secret Service: "Sorry ma'am".
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      Finally from 02:00:34 to 02:00:47 James presumably silently apologies to the Queen's portrait again while going directly against orders by arranging with Draco to rescue his daughter Tracy and destroy Blofeld's insidious plot: "Like to interest you in a demolition deal that requires certain aerial activity to install equipment".
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      Last edited by lazarus6; 4 July 2019, 09:14 AM.


      • #18
        Never Say Never Again (1983) [UK|USA|West Germany]

        Quoting IMDb: "A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated."

        In previous Bond movie posts in this thread I have used the phrase "is the ... movie in the "official" series which does not include the original 'Casino Royale' or 'Never Say Never Again' "- well this is the latter exception in the flesh so to speak!

        So in the "official" Bond movie time line:
        #14 Octopussy (1983)
        --- Never Say Never Again (1983)
        #15 A View to a Kill (1985)

        Basically a remake of the official Bond series entry #4 Thunderbird (1965). Naturally it was updated which included having two US Air Force nuclear armed cruise missiles replacing the atomic bombs on a RAF Vulcan bomber.

        Ironically the title was not an Ian Fleming creation but based on Connery's reply when asked after #7 "Diamonds are Forever" (1971) if he would ever do the role again! They even managed to incorporate it into the final dialogue.

        What made this film viable was that the original movie Bond - Sean Connery - was lured back for the 2nd. and last time to play Bond (his 7th. in total). He was backed up by Edward Fox as "M" (harping on about 'free radicals'); Max von Sydow was Blofeld with the obligatory white Persian cat and Rowan Atkinson playing the hapless Small-Fawcett among others. Comparing competing Bonds - Sean Connery was three years younger than Roger Moore.

        IMDb says that three countries including the UK were involved in this production.

        In a previous (2nd July 2019, 01:07 PM #17) post I made the bold comment with regard to the location of the Queen's portrait:" "M"'s office doesn't have a portrait (and never has as far as I know)". Well in this film a portrait does appear in "M"'s lavish office seen in it's entirety from 00:04:50 to 00:04:56.
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        Close up of the portrait
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        This looks like the "unflattering painting" (re-shown below) in the third image of cornershop15's opening (21st April 2019, 04:53 PM #1) post on this thread which had the following caption: "John Gregson as Commander Gideon in the episode The Thin Red Line (1965)...In the same episode, 'Officer of the Day' Ian Cullen (right) is about to lead a Scottish regiment's toast to the Queen, in front of an unflattering painting". The series was "Gideon's Way" also known as "Gideon C.I.D.".
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        (episode still at 00:43:25)

        Miss Moneypenny's office also has a portrait seen from 00:06:13 to 00:06:30.
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        Close up of this portrait
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        Currently unattributed. NOT ANY MORE!

        According to the Australian Perth Mint post of September 9th., 2015 (

        "Queen Elizabeth II today becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch.

        Celebrating her historic achievement, this souvenir Stamp & Coin Cover incorporates an Australian $1 coin issued by The Perth Mint and two Australia Post stamps featuring famous photographic portraits of Her Majesty"

        One of the 70 cent stamps had an even more cut down version of the above image - which is in turn cut down from the original photograph:

        "Peter Grugeon took the portrait of the Queen at a sitting on 1 January 1975, in the period leading up to her Silver Jubilee in 1977. Photographed in Buckingham Palace, the portrayal shows Her Majesty wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara and Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee necklace."


        Finally in summary - let the following dialogue starting at 00:42:25 do the talking:
        Q: "Good to see you Mr. Bond. Things have been awfully dull round here. Bureaucrats running the whole place; everything done by the book. Can't make a decision unless the computer gives you the go ahead. Now you're on this I hope we're going to have some gratuitous sex and violence.
        Bond: "I certainly hope so too."
        Last edited by lazarus6; 20 February 2020, 02:15 AM.


        • #19
          Thin Blue Line (s02e07) The Green Eyed Monster (1995-1996) [UK]



          Quoting IMDb: "The promotion board will be visiting the Gasforth police station and Grim and Fowler are the most likely candidates."

          The central character is Inspector Fowler who is played by Rowan Atkinson. Yet another Ben Elton creation of 14 episodes that ran for two seasons.

          A portrait of the Queen (with a lucky corgi) appears numerous times in this final episode (and I expect in many others) on the wall behind Fowler's desk.
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          (episode still at 00:00:01 [not including the opening credits])

          Since this portrait had not been seen on this thread before then did a Google Images search which provided a quick identification and numerous images to choose from - until I realised that one of them had the 'measles' - it was covered in "alamy" (one of the purchasable stock photo websites) logos!:

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          On this web page is the image and the following helpful details (which even includes the correct currency since it was viewed in Australia):

          Buy this stock image now…
          Personal use AU$ 14.99
          Presentation or newsletters AU$ 14.99
          Website AU$ 24.99
          Magazines and books AU$ 69.99
          Marketing package: Small business AU$ 59.99
          Marketing package: Large business AU$ 199.99

          When then searching alamy with "Queen Elizabeth II portrait" it came back with 4,815 results!

          I hesitated to include any of the Google Image pics because I remembered a post by Spinalman ("Careful with Those Copyrights!" thread - 19th August 2019 #16 p1)(

          Quoting Spinalman "Shutterstock and Getty are playing a playing a petty game. Entrapment...started holding irrelevant images - and ensuring they came up in search engines...Getty's robots will now scrape the web overnight and then serve a notice on the blogger"

          Of course a portrait of the Queen is not irrelevant but Spinalman's post still applies.

          Therefore this leads to the $64,000 (or whatever it's worth these days) question - can image banks (ie. Getty Images, alamy etc.) have copyright (and charge money) over public images which I presume a official portrait of the Queen is?

          Meanwhile back to the details about the corgi...

          Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with one of her beloved Welsh Corgis by Michael Leonard (created 1985-1986) now at the National Portrait Gallery and a link to the portrait:

          Last edited by lazarus6; 15 February 2020, 01:34 AM.


          • #20
            I think Alf Garnett used to have a portrait of HM in his lounge if I remember correctly.


            • #21
              Forgive my ignorance but must all government offices display a portrait of the Queen?


              • #22
                Magical Mystery Tour (1967) [UK]



                Quoting Wikipedia: "made-for-television short English surreal comedy musical film directed by and starring the Beatles. It is the third film that starred the band and depicts a group of people on a coach tour who experience strange happenings caused by magicians."

                The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appears in two scenes - on the same desk!

                British Army recruitment office desk - seen from 00:10:18 to 00:11:33 in multiple shots
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                And then most of the office's contents including the desk and everything on it end up in a field so one sees the portrait again from 00:11:49 to 00:12:32 in multiple shots
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                • #23
                  Isn't that a portrait of Queen Mary?


                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Nick Dando View Post
                    Isn't that a portrait of Queen Mary?
                    It is indeed. QEII was never that tall



                    • #25
                      Some catching up to do at this thread, where I haven't posted since June last year. Too many distractions. Should lazarus return (from the dead?), I hope he will remove all the unnecessary plot summaries and image/copyright information. Happy Christmas anyway, and, as a Bond fan, I'm sorry about the tragic death of Sean Connery recently.

                      Well spotted with the reappeance of the "unflattering painting" in Never Say Never Again
                      (first shown in post #1). Looks better in colour. I've identified the one behind Pamela Salem:

                      Queen Elizabeth II by Peter Grugeon (1975):

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                      The License to Kill portrait is by John Tyler (1983):

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                      A sighting of my own to finish. Pietro Annigoni's 1955 work, already seen in an episode of Fraud Squad and
                      2 more Bond movies (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun), is back yet again:

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                      Robert Cartland and Derek Benfield in the Hadleigh episode Safety of the Realm (1969)


                      • #26
                        I noticed two portraits during my latest viewing of the Ghost Squad episode The Last Jump (1963).
                        In a similar scene to the one above, Neil Hallett is ordered to visit 'Lt. Colonel' Thomas Heathcote:

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                        An alternative version of the picture shown in the first post, this time in colour:

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                        She was Princess Elizabeth when this was taken, at the 1951 Trooping the
                        Colour, representing her father King George VI, who was too ill to attend.

                        (post #1)

                        The best shot of this portrait features an excited Dennis Thorne (about to meet John Bonney)!:

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                        Photographed by Yousuf Karsh, again in 1951:

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                        The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are uppermost in my thoughts at the moment. Get well soon, Prince Phillip.


                        • #27
                          Originally posted by cornershop15 View Post

                          The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are uppermost in my thoughts at the moment. Get well soon, Prince Phillip.
                          Me too, the Yousuf Karsh (whom I can't say I've heard of, but I will look up his body of work) portrait really is quite something.........


                          • #28
                            Karsh is one of the most famous portrait photographers. He took the definitive shot of Winston Churchill glaring at the camera.


                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Nick Dando View Post
                              Karsh is one of the most famous portrait photographers. He took the definitive shot of Winston Churchill glaring at the camera.
                              I should have known that !, lol........


                              • cornershop15
                                cornershop15 commented
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                                "Famous" to those of us who take an interest in photographers. Baron is another favourite. I posted some of his work at the old Britmovie.

                                From the same generation, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson (and indeed Cecil Parkinson) used to be on TV quite a lot so were perhaps better known to the public. And, in terms of film directors, Alfred Hitchcock more than the also brilliant William Wyler.

                                Then came David Bailey, Lords Snowdon and Lichfield, and the sadly late Terry O'Neill.

                            • #30

                              Originally posted by Mark O View Post

                              Yousuf Karsh (whom I can't say I've heard of, but I will look up his body of work)
                              This is the best place to start, Mark:

                              Photographs by Yousuf Karsh, 1937-87

                              You might recognise the Laurence Olivier picture as MarkyB's avatar from years ago:

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                              "Ta Ta"

                              Another outing for the 1952 Dorothy Wilding portrait in, ironically, Portrait of Alison (1955):

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                              'Inspector' Geoffrey Keen and Robert Beatty. 'Alison' was played by Terry Moore.

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