Spy. Killer. Gourmand? James Bond

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Dying to eat. A collaboration between Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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A large dish of Spaghetti Bolognese containing plenty of chopped garlic from Thunderball. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

Spy. Killer. Gourmand? James Bond

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Little Neck Clams and Fried Chicken Maryland with bacon and sweet corn from Live and Let Die. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

Spy. Killer. Gourmand? James Bond

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Lobster and fruit and some bread and butter from Dr. No. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Bacon and eggs with some buttery toast from The Spy Who Loved Me. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Eggs Benedict and some Walkers deluxe Bourbon from The Man with the Golden Gun. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Caviar, plan grilled 'rongon de veau' with 'pommes souffles' and some 'fraises du bois' with a lot of cream from Casino Royale. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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"Some crabs. Not frozen. Fresh. Melted butter. Thick toast from Goldfinger. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Smoked salmon and Brizzola. "Brizzola's the best cut of Beef, straight-cut across the bone. Roast and then broiled." From Diamonds Are Forever. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Smokes ham and peaches from the movie From Russia With Love. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Fried fillet of soles and Welsh rarebits and coffee from Moonraker. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Pate Maison and a Pourlarde a la creme from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

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Kobe beef from You Only Live Twice. Photo credit: Charlotte Omnes and Henry Hargreaves

JAMES BOND

Spy. Killer. Gourmand? James Bond's favourite meals in 12 photos

Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla

You've seen the cars. The girls. The luxe hotels. The watches. The suits. The gadgets. The champagne.

You've seen James Bond's taste for the high life even as he takes on the lowlifes.

But it turns out Bond had another passion that didn't quite make it to the movies.

Food.

If you go by the Ian Fleming novels, 007 is a gourmand. Originally written for a 50s postwar audience, Fleming's novels wanted to give war-weary audiences a true escape - including from the rationing of wartimes.

That's why in the books, Bond has a love of food that matches his other appetites, and it's one explored in lavish detail in words. Unfortunately, it's a love that didn't get translated to his movie appearances.

Until now.

Two New York-based artists, Henry Hargreaves and Charlotte Omnes decided to come together to explore Bond's gourmet life in a stunning series called Dying to Eat.

Omnes, a food stylist and Hargreaves, who photographed the project, decided to put the spotlight on these lavish meals, whose elaborate descriptors shed as much light on Fleming as they do Bond.

These images also do a fascinating job of placing the books in and films in a certain time and place, illuminating what was considered luxurious or exotic or gourmet at a particular moment in time.

For the series, Omnes and Hargreaves - whose grandfather, incidentally, served with Fleming during the war and consulted on some of the tailoring details of the Bond books - opted to recreate one meal from each title.

Shots were styled and lit to match descriptions of a wide variety of settings, from a Swiss hotel room to a Miami beach club.

Rather than present the meals uneaten, the pair chose to highlight a moment in each, scattering clues - cufflinks here, a woman's purse there - as to what may have happened before, during, and after.

Accordingly, each meal is more than just a detail contained within a sentence. It's a story unto itself.

A delicious story we hope you enjoy sinking your teeth into.

Sahil Bhalla

Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla