Photo photographer Nicola Dove knew her family’s move to the UK would be a huge undertaking.
But it wasn’t just an opportunity. Dove was offered a photographic job for one of the longest-running film series in the history of cinema: James Bond.
Dove, who hails from Nelson, spent 20 years shooting on set. She has portrayed characters such as Dame Judi Dench, Liam Neeson, Dame Maggie Smith, and Johnny Depp, and has appeared in films such as Murder on the Orient ExpressDisney Artemis FowlAND Death of Stalin AND overlap Movies.
Ability to work on the latest Bond films, There is no time to die, in 2019, after her friend – lone journalist Claudia Kalindjian – recommended her to work.
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Dove, her husband David, and children Tom, 13, and Stella, 10, had not returned to New Zealand from London for a long time with the intention of settling down.
“You don’t reject Bond,” Dove said.
So she traveled and spent two weeks working in Jamaica before the family joined her in London and later in Italy and Scotland.
Dove’s photo of Daniel Craig as Bond departs from his Aston Martin on a London street turned out to be the first official photo released while filming. Within hours of being posted online, the photo went viral on news sites around the world.
“Often times, an image is the first thing people see about anything that has to do with a movie.”
Capturing this iconic photo was not an easy task. Dove’s work requires her to watch rehearsals and decide where she should stand while filming in order to get images that better reflect the movie for marketing purposes.
“You have to balance it without getting in the way. Everyone else on set is working on what will be on the big screen. As a photographer, we record off-screen events for people to watch. ”
The street scene in London called for the area to be cut off from the public, which Dove described as “a huge logistics circus.” Work must be done quickly and efficiently.
“How often a director wants to do is how many things you get [getting the shot]. Sometimes you only get one chance if it’s a stunt scene. “
While Dove prefers to stay low and stay away from the actors while filming a movie, a little bit of intervention is sometimes needed to get an imaginary image.
“that they [actors] They also understand the bigger picture of the need for images to sell a movie. “
During the London scene, Craig saw what Dove was trying to do and repeated his steps several times without asking to be sure she had the winning photo.
“We knew we had a really great shot. It becomes a wordless collaboration between actors and photographers on set. It’s not necessarily a mass interaction, but there is a creative collaboration going on that I really appreciate. “
Sometimes Dove was just lucky. During a scene with Craig and Jeffrey Wright, which was filmed at a Jamaican nightclub, Dove struggled to get a decent photo due to a lack of lighting in the nightclub.
Eventually I found a seat in the door behind the bar and was able to pick up the pair as a strong light passed through the room, illuminating both of them.
“Suddenly, you get an amazing picture out of nothing. This is the life of a still photographer. There are so many limitations. You have to keep pushing to find that amazing angle. “
When asked who she thought should be the next James Bond, Dove said she didn’t have strong opinions, but whoever was selected would have “a huge shoe to fill”.
“There are a lot of great actors who can certainly do a great job, and it will be really interesting to see where the producers want to go in the next phase of the series.”
After filming ended in late 2019, just before the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dove and her family moved to Ōrewa in northern Auckland, where they plan to enjoy New Zealand’s long outdoor summer lifestyle – London itching can’t scratch – until the job prompts her to return abroad.
release There is no time to die It was postponed due to global Covid-19 restrictions as the directors wanted fans to see and hear the movie in a cinematic setting. It finally started showing in New Zealand theaters on Thursday, October 7, dubbed “The Exciting Roller Coaster Ride To The Movie Scene” by stuff References by James Crot.
Since Auckland is closed, Dove will have to wait a while before seeing him.
“It’s torture,” she said.
Meanwhile, she is busy with students at the Still Film Academy, which she launched last November to help others enter the industry.