Saturday, 21 May 2011

Split Artwork


I've always wondered where the artwork for the French Thunderball double poster came from as it's quite different from the artwork used in all the other posters.

It appears to be based on an artwork created by Frank McCarthy without Connery / diver fighting. That artwork was rarely used. The only instance I can think of is the artwork used in the Milton Bradley game from 1965.

Closer investigation of the poster version reveals that it's based on this artwork but was cut-up, re-painted and Connery / diver were added on top, see details below.
I don't even want to think about if the original artwork was cut up...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great what can be revealed when examining the 1965 original
8" x 10" transparency......

TEFL SecretAgent said...

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Donovan Mayne-Nicholls said...

The artwork was not created expressly for the French poster. It was used on the 24-sheet US poster as well.
A similar retouching can be found on the half-sheet poster artwork for DAF. I don't personally own that poster but on the vynil album, the image size is big enough to examine that after moving Connery to the right, the background behind the moon buggy's robot arm had to be continued over said arm.