Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Diamonds Are Forever Concept Artwork

Concept artwork, signed by Robert McGinnis for "Diamonds Are Forever", gouache and mixed media on board, 96 x 62 cm. Currently up for auction at Bonhams.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Thunderball Artwork Tribute

Artwork tribute to Frank McCarthy's "Look Down" Thunderball painting. Gouache on art board, 90 x 60 cm. 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Forever and a Day

Proof edition and Waterstones special first edition of Anthony Horowitz' James Bond continuation novel "Forever and a Day", published by Jonathan Cape 2018. The poof - kindly shared by Ian Fleming Publications - differs from the release version as shown below. Proof on the left, release edition on the right.Big thanks to Alan for making this possible.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

The New Data Law

Dear Readers, the new EU data law has come into effect and as a result I have disabled comments, which I find really sad. At present it is not clear how to deal with this situation, wait and see. But I don't want any trigger happy lawyer to try to make money off this situation. You can reach me via my usual email if you want to get in touch.

If anyone knows more about the comment situation and if it conflicts with the new law, please comment   email me. Love to turn the comment function back on.

Monday, 21 May 2018

James Bond Comics - The Body

First 4 parts of the 2018 Dynamite comic series "The Body" by writer Ales Kot. Cover illustrations by Luca Casalanguida, 

James Bond Books Guide Project

Have a look at the recently started James Bond Books Guide project by Gleb Belyaev. More information here

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Frank McCarthy Art Tribute

1:1 Copy of Frank McCarthy's artwork for "Thunderball" Look Up / Jetpack. Gouache on artboard, 80x60 cm.

Casino Royale Comic Adaptation

Cover artwork for the comic adaptation of Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale" by Fay Dalton. Comic art by Dennis Calero, colours by Chris O'Halloran. Dynamite Comics 2018.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Dr No Artwork Commission

Private commission for "Dr No" by Paul Mann, acrylic and casein on illustration board, 24 x 36 inch. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

From Russia With Love Lobby Cards

Lobby cards for "From Russia With Love", attributed to Australia. 
Never seen them before. Has anyone more info, please?

Thanks to Robert for sharing these!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Goldfinger Folio Edition

Hardcover edition of Ian Fleming's "Goldfinger" published by the Folio Society in 2018. Illustrations by Fay Dalton.

Friday, 9 March 2018

10 years...

March 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of Illustrated 007. I had no idea that this would run this long when I started this in 2008. 

Initially I started this as a catalogue for my collection for insurance purposes. They asked me to list all my items. Doing it as an Excel list seemed boring so I decided to create this blog. Then things got slightly out of hand and grew beyond my personal collection. I'm very grateful for everyone who kindly shared their artwork and knowledge with me and made this blog as rich and comprehensive as it is today! 

Thank you, 


Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Other Thunderball “Look Down

American artist Frank McCarthy created the iconic “Look Down” artwork in 1965 for the film “Thunderball” But there is a lesser known alternative for this artwork which was used in the US 24 sheet and the French 8 panneaux.
Sketches for this artwork were recently unearthed by enthusiast Adrian Olivera.He recently came into the hobby through a stroke of luck, having acquired a collection of 1960's era MGM artwork. The collection consisted of pieces from films such as Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra, and Doctor Zhivago. Many artists were represented, including Howard Terpning, Frank Frazetta, Bob Peak, and Frank McCarthy. This find ignited his interest in movie artwork, and especially those of Frank McCarthy. His pursuit of more artwork led to the preliminary discovery.
These preliminaries provide a fascinating insight into the creative process:
McCarthy seems to have started with a much darker, bluer version of the artwork measuring 14" x 23", painted on artist vellum.This first version included much more details such as parachutes
and an airplane seen through the water.
A note on the back – presumably feedback from the art director (Donald Smolen?) – gives change instructions including “lighter water“.

Consequently McCarthy created a second version of the painting. The sketches were done on semi-transparent artist vellum, which gives an interesting insight into his work style: The back reveals that he first blotted out the broad composition with bold colours and then painted the details.

The resulting artwork is very detailed and highly dynamic with a lot of depth.

This pure version was rarely used. The only example I’m aware of is the Milton Bradley Thunderball game.
The published artwork is actually combination of the two artworks – Connery fighting the diver from the regular “Look Down” and this artwork. More details about this in this previous post:
Thanks and credits to Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection and Adrian for sharing this!
To view more McCarthy drafts, please visit the following links:
Frank McCarthy Movie Poster Drafts
Frank McCarthy Round 2!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Silk Screen Banners

US Silk screen banners usually measuring 152 x 61 cm for the first 4 Bond movies

Bond Unknown Book Artwork

Cover artwork and inside illustrations for Canadian book "Bond Unknown" Thanks to Eduardo for sharing the scans!

Spanish Cinema Display

Advertising display for "Operacion Trueno" (Thunderball) at the Palacio da la Prensa cinema in Madrid.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Happy Holidays!

Depending where you are: I wish all my readers Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas with a great start for 2018. Thank you for contributing and reading my blog! Peter

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Japanese Model Kit Artwork

Cover artwork for the packaging of a 1960s model kit from Japan. 

Indian James Bond Comic Books

James Bond 007 comic books from India published by Diamond. Cover appears to be for "Moonraker".

Bond Book Covers from Iceland

Book covers for the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming from Iceland including "Goldfinger" and "Casino Royale".

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Book Covers from Thailand

Illustrations for multiple James Bond books  by Ian Fleming from Thailand from the 60s. Top illustration is from "Thunderball"

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Averardo Ciriello Artwork for Dr No

Artwork by Averardo Ciriello for "Agente 007 - Licenza di uccidere" (Dr No). This artwork was used for the Italian 2 and 4 foglio poster. Below the photo references that he might have used.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

VHS Cover Artwork from Spain

VHS cover artwork for "From Russia With Love" from Spain, 1987. Thanks to James Bond 007 Home Video for sharing these!