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  23 May 2019  

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
wedding to be auctioned at Sotheby's

FINE JEWELS - 05 June 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London

Ring, ‘All the Time in the World’, Charles de Temple, 1969.
The bi-coloured openwork band composed of letters spelling the phrase ‘All the Time in the World’ around both the exterior and interior, size K, signed C de T, fitted case stamped Charles de Temple.

‘All the Time in the World’, Charles de Temple, 1969.

Accompanied by a letter from an employee of Charles de Temple, and a facsimile of a letter from the consignor detailing the provenance of the ring.

This distinctive ring was one of only two designed by the jeweller Charles de Temple for the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The ring is central to the film's narrative, as it serves as the wedding ring given by Bond (George Lazenby) to the Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) on the occasion of their wedding, 007's only marriage. The romantic message ‘All the Time in the World’ spelled out by the ring's design is a recurring theme throughout the film, and  also the title of the film's theme song, performed by Louis Armstrong. However, the phrase also takes on a poignant tone as the final words of the film - Bond's bride is tragically killed by assassins shortly after their wedding, and Bond reads the words on the ring aloud as he cradles her in his arms.

The present owner was a close family friend of Charles de Temple, and received this ring as a gift from one of de Temple's financial backers shortly after the film wrapped.

The ring's eye-catching bi-coloured design and its unusual prominence in the film brought de Temple considerable success, and to meet demand, de Temple produced a limited edition of 50 copies, of a similar design to the original but reading ‘All the Love in the World’.  


UPDATE: 6 JUNE 2019 - SOLD FOR £52,500

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) George Lazenby and Diana Rigg

ABOVE: (left) The ring was to have featured more prominently in On Her Majesty's Secret Service in a scene filmed at the silverware shop of Joalharia Ferreria Marques in the Praça de Dom Pedro IV square in Lisbon, Portugal. Only the shots of Bond's Aston Martin DBS pulling up outside the shop, and the manager taking the ring from the shop window were used in the finished film. (top right & below) Diana Rigg wore the ring in the scenes of Tracy's  wedding to James Bond, which were shot at the Vinhas estate in Zambujal in southern Portugal.

Diana Ring wears the ‘All the Time in the World’ wedding ring in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Charles de Temple

Born in Mexico in 1929, Charles de Temple was the illegitimate son of American film actor Tom Mix (1880-1940). Following his own brief acting career and whilst living in London in early 1960s, de Temple was part of the movement, along with Andrew Grima, who created abstract, one-of-a-kind jewellery. In 1964 de Temple created the unique “Gold Finger” worn by Honor Blackman at the Premiere of Goldfinger at London's ODEON Leicester Square. The specially commissioned £10,000 piece of jewellery also went on display at several receptions held at ODEON cinemas during the initial release of Goldfinger in 1964.

Honor Blackman wearing the specially comissioned ‘Gold finger’ designed by Charles de Temple

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