Posts tagged Slim Aarons
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION : Slim Aarons and ThunderBall
Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an ‘Amphicar’ across the harbour between Paradise Island and Nassau, 1967. Hanging in  Cottage Sweet Escape .

Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an ‘Amphicar’ across the harbour between Paradise Island and Nassau, 1967. Hanging in Cottage Sweet Escape.

Kevin McClory was an Irish screenwriter, producer, and director. McClory was best known for adapting Ian Fleming's James Bond character for the screen, for producing Thunderball, and for his legal battles with Fleming.

Ian Fleming and Ivar Bryce met in 1917, on a beach in Cornwall. Sharing similar interests and social status—Bryce’s father made a fortune in the guano business and Fleming’s grandfather founded a Scottish merchant bank—the two became fast friends. They attended the same college, and both served in British intelligence during World War Two. In 1950 Bryce married heiress Josephine Hartford, whose grandfather founded the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.

In 1957, McClory produced and directed a film, The Boy On The Bridge, with financial assistance from heiress Josephine Hartford Bryce, the sister of Huntington Hartford II (the founder and owner of The Ocean Club) and her husband was Ivor Bryce. In 1958 Fleming approached McClory to produce the first Bond film. McClory rejected all of Fleming's books but felt that the character James Bond could be adapted for the screen. In 1961, without permission, Fleming novelised the draft screenplay Thunderball making it his ninth novel which initially did not credit McClory or any other writers of the screen adaptation of the character of James Bond.

Dust Jacket for  Thunderball  by artist Richard Wasey Chopping (14 April 1917 – 17 April 2008), a British illustrator and author best known for his painting the dust-jackets of the Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. His illustrations covered 9 novels from 1957 to 1966 for James Bond books by Ian Fleming and the cover of John Gardner's first Bond continuation novel,  Licence Renewed  (1981). Several original dust-jackets by Chopping are hung in the Ian Fleming/Sean Connery bedroom at Chalet Sweet Escape.

Dust Jacket for Thunderball by artist Richard Wasey Chopping (14 April 1917 – 17 April 2008), a British illustrator and author best known for his painting the dust-jackets of the Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. His illustrations covered 9 novels from 1957 to 1966 for James Bond books by Ian Fleming and the cover of John Gardner's first Bond continuation novel, Licence Renewed (1981). Several original dust-jackets by Chopping are hung in the Ian Fleming/Sean Connery bedroom at Chalet Sweet Escape.

Having received a pre-released copy of Thunderball, the novel by Fleming, McClory sued in 1961, postponing its release. In 1963, in an out-of-court settlement, McClory gained the literary and film rights for the screenplay, while Fleming was given the rights to the novel, although it had to be recognised as being "based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and the Author”. Fleming, unfortunately, was unwell through most of this process and passed away August 12, 1964. The film, staring Sean Connery as Bond, premiered on 9 December 1965 in Tokyo and opened on 29 December 1965 in the UK; it remained the highest-grossing Bond film until Live and Let Die (1973).

The legal rights McClory had previously gained in 1963, allowed him to retell the Thunderball movie as 1983’s “Never Say Never Again”, marking the return of Sean Connery in the lead role, and also his last time as 007. It also was the only Bond dramatic feature made outside of the family of producer Cubby Broccoli. In fact, the movie was released the same year as another Bond pic, “Octopussy,” starring Roger Moore.

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The Battle for Bond (2007), by Robert Sellers, is a cinema history book of how the literary character James Bond metamorphosed to the cinema James Bond. The book details the collaboration among film producer Kevin McClory, novelist Ian Fleming, screenwriter Jack Whittingham and others to create the film Thunderball.

The first release of the book features unpublished letters, private lawsuit documents and cast-crew interviews; there are also five Thunderball screenplays, two by Fleming, three by Whittingham, and two treatments by Fleming that document the creation and development of this James Bond project. The Ian Fleming estate, the Ian Fleming Will Trust, protested the inclusion of several Fleming letters in the book, which it said were used without permission. The book was subsequently withdrawn and unsold copies sent to the estate for disposal. The publisher, Tomahawk Press, later published a second edition without the letters, which it claimed were not fundamental to the story.

May 2019

A Wonderful Time
Ocean Club, Slim Aarons 1968, mounted on canvas in the On Deck Master, onboard Yacht Sweet Escape

Ocean Club, Slim Aarons 1968, mounted on canvas in the On Deck Master, onboard Yacht Sweet Escape

Slim Aarons made his career out of what he called "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Slim Aarons always had a knack for chronicling just the right people in just the right sort of places.

A hub for glamour, simplicity and relaxation, The Bahamas was a frequent stop for Slim as it was a perfect canvas for his kind of theatre. With the Bahamas’ “pristine beaches and sunshine, you will find glamorous people.”-India Hicks. The above Slim Aarons’ photograph of The Ocean Club, Paradise Island, The Bahamas hangs in the On Deck Master aboard Yacht Sweet Escape.

On Deck Mater stateroom with Slim Aarons’ photograph and Jonathan Adler fabric blinds. Jonathan Adler often incorporates the iconic Slim Aarons in his projects.

On Deck Mater stateroom with Slim Aarons’ photograph and Jonathan Adler fabric blinds. Jonathan Adler often incorporates the iconic Slim Aarons in his projects.

Slim Aarons captured a lifestyle, a moment that can never be reproduced. Slim, who has been called the “photo laureate of the upper classes”, created a visual vocabulary of glamour that spans 60 years – more, if you consider his enduring influence on fashion and modern photography. Slim Aarons was phenomenal at penetrating wasp culture and high society during his time as a photographer of “The High Life”. He made wealth and privilege unapologetic and was capable of producing shots that looked natural; he was able to avoid it looking vulgar or ridiculous. His archives are a treasure-trove of inspiration to designers everywhere.

The Ocean Club itself has a history of being the right sort of place and had been a subject of Slim Aarons on different occasions, displaying chronologically its stability as a playground for the rich and famous. It is still popular as a wedding venue for the rich and famous, a retreat for the ultra-wealthy, and is often featured in movies, videos and major sporting events like the LPGA PureSilk golf tournament.

The initial start, in the 1930’s, of Hog Island being transformed to Paradise Island was by Axel Wenner-Gren, founder of Electrolux. He oversaw the development of his Shangri La, including his gardens that were inspired by those at the Chateau de Versailles. In 1959, Wenner-Gren sold Shangri La to George Huntington Hartford II, heir to the Great Atlantic and Pacific (A&P) Tea Company. Hartford hired the Palm Beach architect John Volk and built the Ocean Club, Cafe Martinique, Hurricane Hole, the Golf Course, among other island landmarks.

There was a fortune spent by Hartford on the build; additionally he invested a substantial amount on the landscaping including the 12th-century Augustinian Cloister. These Cloisters were reported as having been disassembled and shipped piece by piece from France (a romanticized version of events perhaps), as the second version of events is that he acquired and installed them, being from a 14th-century French Augustinian monastery originally purchased in Montréjeau and dismantled by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s, and having no masterplan they took over a year to reassemble onsite.

Despite its constant stream of absolutely fabulous guests, the venture failed to make Hartford money as he was always lending the hotel rooms out or hosting his friends rather than charging them. Hartford eventually received a casino license, shortly thereafter in 1966, Hartford sold the majority of his share of the island. Now a Four Season’s Resort, The Ocean Club has had previously been owned by Merv Griffen, Donald Trump, and Kerzner International, with the Casino and Augustinian Cloister’s still a major attraction on the island.

MARCH 2019