Hargreaves’s connection to Fleming goes beyond his artistic proclivities: His grandfather served with Fleming during the second World War and subsequently consulted on sartorial details in Fleming’s Bond novels. As such, when Omnès approached him about this project, Hargreaves jumped at the chance. “She's a great cook and prop stylist,” he tells of Omnès. Of the project, Hargreaves adds, “I'm good at shooting, lighting, and composing — so our strengths complemented each other!”
Hargreaves and Omnès set the table for their You Only Live Twice meal.
For Dying to Eat, Hargreaves and Omnès chose a single meal from each title to bring to life. An explanation of the series provided by Hargreaves describes how they went about doing so:
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—cuff links 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.
This sparkling array of flatware, silverware, and china reveals the artists' attention to detail.
The final result is a stunning pairing of Fleming’s detailed descriptions and Omnès and Hargreaves's meticulous recreations. Find a few of our favorites below, and the rest on Hargreaves’s website.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE