Guardian review of 50 years of James Bond

When James Hart Dyke was asked by the head of MI6 to paint a series of studies of the real work of foreign secret service officers last year, he was keen to show just how hard and low-key their lives were. “It’s not James Bond,” he said.

Well, now it is. Hart Dyke has since been recruited to chronicle the long life of 007. The producers of the James Bond films, Barbara Broccoli and Eon Productions, commissioned Hart Dyke to paint each of the six Bond actors in the role as part of the celebration of 50 years of the dynamic franchise.

His portraits of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig show them all in tuxedo and bow tie and have already been used at the bottom of the retro-style poster for the documentary about Bond on film, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. A limited edition of prints of the poster is available through a Mayfair gallery.

“After my exhibition on the work of MI6, Barbara Broccoli and Eon expressed an interest in seeing the paintings, so I gave them a private view and they asked me to come up with a painting that would sum up the whole 50 years of the Bond story,” said Hart Dyke. “I found George Lazenby the most difficult to do, I think.”