Sunday 29 May 2011

Illustration from Italy

"Operazione Tuono" (Thunderball) illustration from a 1995 Italian magazine celebrating 100 years of cinema.

Saturday 28 May 2011

Bond Comics

Issue 21 & 24 Zig Zag James Bond comic book covers from 1969. The comics were sold in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.

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...

Sunday 15 May 2011

You Only Live Twice Artwork: Spot the difference

I've recently received a nice print of Robert McGinnis artwork for "You Only Live Twice" used for the international campaign of the film.The international version (top) was toned down compared to the original (bottom), both in terms of the bikini sizes of the women and the addition of Connery's swimming trunks. Not to mention her hand...

Saturday 14 May 2011

German Paperback Cover

Artwork for a German paperback edition of "Dr No" by Superkrimi publishers.
Thanks to Dan for sharing this scan!

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Danish Comic Cover

Danish comic book featuring the adaptation of Octopussy. Thanks to Greg for sharing this scan!

Sunday 8 May 2011

Goldfinger Illustrations

Two illustrations commissioned by the Sunday Times Magazine for a "Cars in Fiction" series, artwork by Brian Sanders.

Saturday 7 May 2011

Battle of the Bonds

In 1983 Octopussy and Never Say Never Again competed for the attention of the audience. Several magazines called it the "Battle of Bonds". Cover illustrations from German movie magazine "Cinema" (top) and London magazine "Time Out" (bottom).