It was my mother who introduced me to James Bond films. She was a huge fan of Sean Connery so, even when my brother and I were very young, she’d take us to see James Bond movies. “The Man With The Golden Gun” was the first one I saw. Because my mother was obsessed with jewelry, she always pointed out the marvelous pieces that the various Bond girls wore. But, being a child, I was more interested in Scaramanga’s gold gun which, unlike all the other guns I had seen in movies, had to be assembled before use.
The single-shot, 4.2mm weapon consisted of a golden cufflink (the trigger), a Colibri Molectric 88 gas lighter (bullet chamber), a golden Waterman fountain pen (the barrel) and a cigarette case (the handle).
Later, much later, even when my mother wasn’t there to point out the bling, paying attention to the jewelry in Bond films had become automatic with me. Some pieces, I just noticed in passing; others made me gasp in awe. But the one piece that I found unforgettable was Paris Carver’s necklace in “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
London jeweler David Morris whose clients include British and Middle Eastern royalty (he did Sarah Ferguson’s ruby-and-diamond ring) designed the necklace that Paris Carver (played by Teri Hatcher) wore at the satellite launch party of Carver Media Group Network, her husband’s company — a total of 25 carats of diamonds set in platinum.
And it wasn’t just I who noticed the necklace. The whole world gasped, it seems.
David Morris were inundated with comments and enquires about the necklace, causing it to be manufactured in different sizes and sold commercially, retailing at £140,000.
Paris Carver wore another David Morris piece — a sapphire ring enclosed by a halo of white diamonds.
If Paris Carver’s role had been a little bigger — if she had more scenes with more costume changes — she might have dazzled us with more David Morris jewelry. But, alas, after a tryst with her former boyfriend James Bond where she relayed to 007 the key to stop her husband’s megalomania, the gorgeous Mrs. Carver was killed by her own husband’s henchmen.