Sunday, 18 August 2019

AVTAK Short Story in LUI Magazine

Illustrations from German LUI Mens Magazine for the Ian Fleming short story "A View To A Kill", artist unknown.

Thanks to Jörg for sharing this!

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Interview with James Bond Comic Artist Germán Gabler

Germán Gabler was born in Santiago, Chile in 1942. He graduated from the Catholic University of Chile in 1966 and began working as a professional comics artist with the help of Jorge Carvallo, who introduced him to the publishing house Zigzag.  After starting as a script writer, German became a regular writer and artist for the James Bond comic adaptations.
In his own words: “From my early childhood (I learnt to read at 5 years old) I went through tons of comic books. About 10 years old I started reading books about war, cowboys, pirates, FBI, CIA, heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Bill Barnes and so. I also included classic novelist as Dumas, Verne, Conan Doyle, Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Salgari. You name it, I red it. Hundreds of books.

While at the university I started reading sci-fi. Bradbury, Asimov, Clarke, Sturgeon. etc.  Add to this a couple af movies a week (at least) for twenty years and you get a complete library
of plot elements in your mind.

To complete these, my father brought home three different newspapers daily, so I was very aware of what was happening in the real world.”

What materials did you use?
For sketching I used a mechanical pencil (Staedler) with 2B leads. Brushes 3 and 6 for inking. (Windsor&Newton or Ocean) Sometimes a pen for slim lines. Paper was Schoeller or similar. Ink was Pelikan or Higgins. A good eraser (Staedler mostly). White tempera for corrections. I also used colour temperas and watercolor for magazine covers.

Your black and white artwork show red numbers. What are they for?
Numbers are the colour guide for the printing stage. 1 is yellow, 2 magenta and 3 cyan. The x denotes dotted colour, i.e. light yellow, light pink and light blue. All of these form the colour palette, added to black and grey.
Who did the colouring and how?
The colouring could be done by ourselves. But since I wrote and draw 007 and other comics, I gave this job to a colourist. Sometimes they put a transparent piece of paper over the original and paint it with real colours. But the use of numbers was preferred (although they spoiled in some way the original) because there were not possibilities of mistake at the printing stage. Before this stage, a set of transparencies were taken from the originals. One was for black and the other three were for colours. In this stage, a "mask" was added to the transparencies eliminating the other colours. So there was a transparency for yellow, one for magenta and one for cyan. Then they were ready for the printings or "pressing stage".

Germán has several of his artworks for sale and also a complete set of the Zig Zag comics. 

He can be contacted here:

Timothy Dalton Artwork

Timothy Dalton as Bond”, Original watercolour painting by Gerry Wadsworth.

Check out Gerry's other work here:

Saturday, 22 June 2019

SWLM PC Game Cover

Cover art for the Domark PC game "The Spy Who Loved Me"

Thank you for the tip, Anagnostis.

Turkish From Russia With Love Posters

Two variations of the Turkish "From Russia With Love" poster.

Thanks to Carl for sharing these.

Spanish TV Guide Illustrations

Two ads from the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia promoting the TV screenings of "You Only Live Twice" and "The Man With the Golden Gun". 
Thanks to Eduardo for sharing these!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Toy Illustration

Illustration for the "James Bond 007 Shooting Game" by Berwick.

Thanks to Anagnostis for finding this!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

FYEO Ad Poster

Advertising poster for the "For You Eyes Only" themed wrist watch by Zeon, poster size 20 x 25 cm. Artist unknown.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Thunderball Edition from Folio Society

2019 Hardcover edition of Ian Fleming's "Thunderball" , Folio Society UK, artwork by Fay Dalton.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Thunderball TV Ad Artwork

TV ad for Thunderball, artist unknown. Thanks to Stephan for sharing it!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Goldeneye Pinball Artwork

Artwork for the Goldeneye pinball machine by Sega. Illustration by Paul Faris. 

Thanks to Jörg for finding this.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

007 Story Illustrations from Greece

Illustrations for James Bond stories from Greece. Head over to the James Bond 007 Greek Fans Facebook Group for more info.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Finnish Book Cover Artwork

Original artworks by Matti Louhi for the 1980s hardcover re-issue of the Ian Fleming novels by Gummerus. Thanks to Thomas for sharing these!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Greek FYEO Pirate Edition

Greek pirate edition of "For Your Eyes Only". Thatnks to the FB Group James Bond 007 Greek Fans.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Happy Holidays

Dear Readers, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a good 2019. Thank you for all your help! Peter

Friday, 14 December 2018

Vintage Thai Paperbacks

Cover artwork for James Bond paperback novels from Thailand, published in 1964 / 1965. 

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Italian Man With The Golden Gun Artwork

Original Italian Artwork for "The Man With The Golden Gun" by Tino Avelli"

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Italian Dr No Reissue Artwork

"Dr No", reissue artwork by Italian artist Enzo Sciotti, 49x34cm. Below details of the artwork and the artist (r) with Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection (l).

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Swiss Thunderball Posters

Swiss posters for "Feuerball / Operation Tonnerre" from 1965, 90 x 128 cm, Design by Werbeatelier Kipf. Produced for Unartisco S.A. Zürich. There are 3 variations: The German one, the French version and a smaller German version advertising the novel. The large posters are stamped on the back.

Thanks to the 007 Collector for sharing the information and pix!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Swiss Re-Release Posters

Swiss James Bond re-release posters from the 70s, 60 x 80 cm, each exist in English and French language version with German subtitles. Unsure if there is a "Goldfinger" variation. Does anyone know?

Big thanks to the for sharing these.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Diamonds Are Forever Folio Edition

2018 Edition of Ian Fleming's "Diamonds Are Foreverpublished by the Folio Society with illustrations by Fay Dalton.

Italian Fleming Paperbacks

Italian paperbacks published by I Romanzi del Corriere in the 50s.
  • La Benda Nera  (Casino Royale
  • Per i Tuoi Occhi  (For Your Eyes Only)
  • L'Impronda del Drago (Doctor No

Thanks to Giovanni for sharing these!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Comics Royale

A new website for English language translations of foreign comics has been launched: Comics Royale. So much interesting artwork...

Sunday, 2 September 2018

James Bond Books from Thailand

James Bond books from Thailand, published in 1964: Casino Royale, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice, Ian Fleming.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

James Bond Origin Comics

Cover artwork by Kev Walker for the upcoming "James Bond Origin" comics by Dynamite. More covers by other artists below.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Interview with Tony Seiniger

Tony Seiniger had a long and distinguished career in advertising starting film advertising in New York while working for a television commercial production company and eventually his own film advertising agency called Seiniger Advertising in Los Angeles.

Q: How were you involved in the James Bond marketing campaigns / who approached you?
TS: I was approached by the advertising executives at United Artists based in New York. Even though I was based in California, they said that they were looking for "new blood" to work on the upcoming Bond movie "Moonraker."  I found out later why they were looking for new blood.

Q: After the success of "Star Wars" (1977) the Bond producers decided to continue with a space themed 007 movie. What was the challenge?
TS: The challenge was very simple. United Artists flew me to Paris to meet with Cubby Broccoli, the film's producer. We had a very brief meeting at the Boulogne Studios. Mr. Broccoli told me that he had been very dissatisfied with the poster art done for the previous Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me." He said, "Roger didn't look like Roger." He went on to tell me that he didn't care what idea I came up with, that he didn't care about the concept, only that "Roger should look like Roger."

With Mr. Broccoli's concerns in mind, I knew that a good photography session had to occur. I went back to Paris, and I worked with the unit stills photographer, David James. We spent most of a day photographing Roger Moore, in a variety of poses, one of which was the down angle that would be needed to successfully illustrate the "Bond as a rocket" concept that became the US teaser poster. Mr. Moore was extremely cordial and cooperative, as long as we kept him amply supplied with No.1 Special Montecristo cigars.

Q: Why was Dan Goozeé chosen as illustrator?
TS:  Dan was selected as the illustrator because of his commitment to detail, and his sense of responsibility. Many illustrators back then were very flaky, especially when it came to deadlines. Dan was always someone I could count upon. In today's digital world, I would not have used an illustrator. With the quality of photography I had from the photo session in Paris, I could have executed the "rocket" concept in Photoshop, utilizing a stock NASA photograph of Earth. But this was 1979, long before Photoshop. I did not assign any other illustrators, but since every distribution territory had the right to execute their own versions of the main campaign art, there were many other illustrators involved in "Moonraker" on a world-wide basis.

Q: Dan Goozeé painted the two advance poster artworks and the final finished 1-Sheet art. Who was the illustrator of the design showing space paddles with action scenes ?
TS:  I believe this art was executed by one of the "foreign' territories, not United Artists in the US.

Q: When you heard the title "Octopussy" for the first time what were your thoughts?
TS:  I had not read any of the Ian Fleming books, so I knew nothing about "Octopussy." It wasn't until I read the script that I realized Octopussy was the name of the lead female character.

Q: Who came up with the brilliant idea of showing Octopussy inspired by indian goddess Durga-Shakti with 8 arms ?

TS:  The idea was obvious to me. "Octo" meaning eight. "Pussy" referring to Maude Adams. So Maude Adams with eight arms. I was not inspired by the Indian goddess at all.

Q: Any recollections why this illustration was not widely used ?

TS: I had nothing to do with this piece. But if you look at the figure of Bond, it's clearly taken from the key art for "Live and Let Die." the first Roger Moore Bond film. It may have been an early teaser poster concept executed by an agency in New York.

Q: The teaser design also is very clever showing Octopussy from behind and 13 times James Bond. Along with a great tagline. Who came up with this idea to hide the identity of Octopussy? 
TS:  My idea was to convey that "Octopussy" was the 13th Bond film. Since Maude Adams was NOT a movie star, the emphasis had to be on Bond, not her.

Q: A View To A Kill has a very innovative poster campaign. Who came up with this great idea?
TS:  Again, the concepts for all these Bond posters came out of my head, for better or for worse. Grace Jones had collaborated with a brilliant photographer/graphic designer named Jean-Paul Goude. Together they created striking images of Grace; distorted and exaggerated, but beautiful at the same time. These images were my inspiration for how Grace should be portrayed on the back-to-back poster. Her legs are extended way beyond normal human proportions. And so were Roger's. He had to be a bit taller than Grace.

Q: The movie was Roger Moore's last Bond. Did you know that when preparing the campaign and if yes did it have an impact ?
TS:  We all knew this was going to be Roger's last Bond film. He was nearing 60 years old, a bit old to play Bond, but the Broccolis did not have a ready replacement. They always wanted Pierce Brosnan, but he was tied up with a very lengthy commitment to the TV series "Remington Steele." That's how Timothy Dalton got his two Bond films. The Broccolis had to wait almost ten years for Pierce to be free to play Bond.

Q: Dan Goozeé was again responsible for the posters. Focus was on perspective & location with the Eiffel Tower and the Gold Gate Bridge. Any anecdotes as for the developments of these?
TS:  We had developed a "forced perspective" look with the "Moonraker" teaser poster. There was a very conscious decision on my part to revisit that look for "A View to a Kill." We decided to push this concept as far as we could. The Paris and San Francisco locations are in the film, but never as we portrayed them. We just took it to the limit. After all, James Bond was a cartoon character. At least until the Timothy Dalton films. And Daniel Craig has done even more to dispel the cartoon image.

Q: Any involvements in the “white tuxedo” style which is also pictured in my book or was it done for UK & Japanese markets only ? Note: painted by Brian Bysouth based on a design by Vic Fair.
TS: I had nothing to do with this poster. But remember, the individual territories (countries) releasing these films had the right to create posters that they felt would best appeal to their market.

Thanks to Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing this interview! He interviewed Tony in 2012.