Art by Brian Bysouth....
Haha ... I have such a life-long hatred for this poster. Hated it even as a kid. I like the idea of him being seen through her legs, but the butt has always driven me NUTS. I guess it's supposed to be sexy(?) but it just looks to me like what it is ... a chick with her suit on backwards. :) I also love that three different women lay claim to that butt. :)
Personally, I've always loved that poster. And I love even more Tony Bennett and Janet Woolacott's analysis (or possibly over-analysis) of that poster on page 242 of their book Bond and Beyond: The Political Career of a Popular Hero (Methuen, 1987), one of my very favorite scholarly books on 007:"Since the 1970s, this licensed adjustment of traditional norms of female sexuality has given way before an obsessive concern to effect a redistribution of phallic attributes back from women to men. Publicity posters for the Bond films of this period thus typically represented the relations between Bond and 'the Bond girl' in the form of a contest between two rival sources of phallic power and authority."The poster for For Your Eyes Only, read from an anxious male perspective, is a case in point. The foreground is dominated by the buttocks and legs of a girl clad in swimming wear and seen from the rear. She stands with legs astride, the relations between her two feet - clad in high-heeled shoes - and her crotch form a triangle with the crotch forming the apex. Her right hand holds a cross-bow, sprung for action and armed with an arrow, pointing to the ground. Bond is framed within the triangle formed by the girl's legs and crotch. Diminished by the girl's domination of the foreground - his head is level with her knees - Bond is placed directly below the girl's crotch, gun in hand with his gaze directed anxiously not to the viewer or to the girl's face but to her crotch. Outside the triangle formed by the girl's legs, a variety of action scenes from the film are depicted.... The 'adventure' elements of the plot are thus relegated to the margins of the composition, a series of escapades which have a distinctly Boy's Own flavour compared with the central challenge which Bond has to respond to: restoring the symbolic order of the phallus by 'outgunning' the girl whose phallic power threatens to overwhelm him."I wonder if that's exactly what Brian Bysouth was thinking...?
I have no issue with the sexuality with it - the whole analysis of the placement and the triangle, etc. etc. ... I mean from a merely aesthetic point of view ... it just looks to me like her suit is on backwards. i even thought that when I was a kid and didn't know about any of this stuff. It just makes her rear then look ridiculous (and as such) unsexy.To each his own, I guess.
Hi Ridge, according to some stories the suit is actually on backwards.P.
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