TIL The film Dr. No features a replica of the painting ‘Portrait of the Duke of Wellington’ by Goya in the villian’s lair because the original had been stolen the year earlier. The replica was used for film promotion and like the original it was later stolen.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_the_Duke_of_Wellington

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  1. FTA:

    >Wolfson Foundation offered £100,000 and the government added a special Treasury grant of £40,000, matching Wrightsman’s bid and obtaining the painting for the National Gallery in London, where it was first put on display on 2 August 1961. It was stolen nineteen days later on 21 August 1961 by bus driver Kempton Bunton.[3] Four years after the theft, Bunton contacted a newspaper, and through a left-luggage office at Birmingham New Street railway station, returned the painting voluntarily. Bunton confessed that he took the painting and its frame in July 1965.[4] Following a high-profile trial in which he was defended by Jeremy Hutchinson, QC, Bunton was found not guilty of stealing the painting, but guilty of stealing the frame.[5]

    >**The theft entered popular culture, as it was referenced in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No. In the film, the painting was on display in Dr. Julius No’s lair, suggesting the first Bond villain had stolen the work.[4][6] The prop painted by Ken Adam was used in the film promotion and was then stolen itself.[7]**

    From the citation:

    >Dr No’s apartment

    >”The budget for Dr No was under $1m for the whole picture. My budget was £14,500. I filled three stages at Pinewood full of sets while they were filming in Jamaica. It wasn’t a real aquarium in Dr No’s apartment. It was a disaster to tell you the truth because we had so little money. We decided to use a rear projection screen and get some stock footage of fish. What we didn’t realise was because we didn’t have much money the only stock footage they could buy was of goldfish-sized fish, so we had to blow up the size and put a line in the dialogue with Bond talking about the magnification. I didn’t see any reason why Dr No shouldn’t have good taste so we mixed contemporary furniture and antiques. **We thought it would be fun for him to have some stolen art so we used Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington, which was still missing at the time. I got hold of a slide from the National Gallery – this was on the Friday, shooting began on the Monday – and I painted a Goya over the weekend. It was pretty good so they used it for publicity purposes but, just like the real one, it got stolen while it was on display.”**


  2. What is there was secret in the painting someone was trying to hide, so they went after the duplicate as well?

    Nah, probably just wanted the fake for a spare.

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