Saturday 31 August 2013

Australian From Russia With Love Posters

Australian "From Russia With Love" posters: Original 1 sheet, 3 sheet and the original daybill plus the 2 daybill reissues. The artwork in Australia was re-drawn to accomodate the printing technique used.

De Rusia Con Amour

Vintage newspaper ad for "De Rusia Con Amour" (From Russia With Love) from Argentina. Thanks to Nicolas from Bond En Argentina for sharing this.

Friday 30 August 2013

Licence to Kill Concept Art by Tom Jung

Tom Jung biographer Jack O'Brien about the history of these sketches for Licence to Kill:

"As they often did at the time, Ad veteran Don Smolen and Tom met for lunch in Los Angeles during the filming of Licence to Kill.  

Don told Tom that they were filming another Bond film, Licence Revoked, in the Caribbean "somewhere" and that Al Broccoli had asked him to work with the on set unit photographer.  Don asked Tom if he could help with concepts for the shoot with the star, Timothy Dalton, for the ad campaign.

Tom agreed and created seventeen quick black and white sketches for Don with limited reference material and handed them over to him while he was still in LA.  Don and Tom never discussed the sketches after this and Tom is unsure how they were exactly used.  But given the delays that were encountered developing the ad campaign due to the title change, it is possible and maybe likely they went back to the photographs that Don and Tom had worked on to develop the final key art. 

Thanks to Tom Jung and Jack O'Brien for sharing the sketches and information!" More info about Tom's work here.

US From Russia With Love Posters

For whatever strange reason my German side teamed up with my inner nerd and felt compelled to accuratly categorise all  US "From Russia With Love" posters that I'm aware of. It was a rainy weekend... 

I'm sure there are several missing. Are there more out there?

Monday 26 August 2013

Exclusive Interview with Rudy Obrero

I'm re-publishing an interview with Rudy Obrero, the artist responsible for the US poster artwork of "Never Say Never Again".

Q: How did the producers got in touch with you for the " Never Say Never Again " poster artwork?
A: I was commissioned to do some comps for "Never Say Never Again" By an Ad agency in Los Angeles called New York West.

Q: What kind of briefing or input did you receive? Photos, source material etc?
A: I had some photo stills from the film to work from. Q: Were there any restrictions in regards to the movie not being an "official" Bond movie?
A: Yes, originally I included an underwater fight scene with divers and and a big shark attacking. But I was asked to remove all of the underwater scenes because it might conflict with previous Bond posters. I also had to remove a helicopter and a jumping motorcycle as well as a whole yacht. Here is a previous version of the art to compare to the final poster that was released.

Q: How much time did you have to create the artwork?

A: about 30 days total

Q: Can you describe the creative process in terms of composition, choice of colours etc?

A: Well, The layout is certainly symetrical with all elements leading the eye to Sean Connery. It was always about Bond and his beautiful women.

Q: What materials do you use? (Acrylics, Gouache, mixed media etc…)

A: At the time I used acrylics, applied with an airbrush and traditional brushes. Now all my work is done digitally.

Q: What was the most fun part of creating this artwork?
A: I thoroughly enjoyed painting the first version of the poster. All the elements of the montage were fun to render. I really like working on action adventure images, so this was a real treat for me to do. So, sad to say most of the fun parts of the painting had to be removed by the time it went to the printers.

Q: Any special anecdote associated with this artwork?

A: When I was asked to start removing the action elements because of legal conflicts, the poster did not have it's original impact. It became static and a little boring. This became a poster ultimately ruined by the lawyers involved.

Thank you for this interview! Check out Rudy's website

Also thanks to Thomas from "The Nixdorf Collection" for the photos.

Saturday 24 August 2013

Bon Baiser De Russie - Swiss Lobby Cards

"Liebesgruesse Aus Moskau - Bon Baiser De Russie", lobby cards from Switzerland with dual language French / German titles. Courtesy of Michael from the 007 Collector.

Desde Rusia Con Amor - Spanish Lobby Cards

"Desde Rusia Con Amor" (From Russia With Love) Spanish lobby cards. They look like reissue to me but I'm not sure as I found these on the net but can't remember where. Does anyone know more about these lobby cards?

Sunday 18 August 2013

Casino Royale Artwork

Original artwork by Robert McGinnis for the 1967 version of "Casino Royale. The artwork was used internationally, example of the British Quad below.
It appears that the artwork was recreated for the 2012 Collector's Edition DVD: The pose is the same but the figures and patterns within the silhouette are different.

Saturday 17 August 2013

Italian From Russia With Love Artwork

Artwork for "Dalla Russia Con Amore" (From Russia With Love) from Italy. Original art used for the initial release by Averado Ciriello and the reissue by Otello Mauro Innocenti. 
Thanks to Thomas from the "The Nixdorf Collection - James Bond Poster & Art Archive" for sharing the artwork.

007 Poster Tribute

Minimalist James Bond 007 poster tributes by Thom Cornall. Check out the large versions here.

Monday 12 August 2013

Never Say Never Again - German Poster Artwork

 "Sag Niemals Nie" (Never Say Never Again), artwork for the German teaser poster campaign by Renato Casaro.

Saturday 10 August 2013

From Russia With Love FOH Cards

Front of House / lobby cards for "From Russia With Love" from the United Kingdom, set of 8

They were also reissued as b/w cards with showing different scenes. Thanks to Simon for sharing these rare cards.

Friday 9 August 2013

From Russia With Love: Lobby Cards Italy

"A 007, Dalla Russia Con Amore" (From Russia With Love), original Italian lobby card set of 10 called "Photobustas". 
It appears that the whole set was reprinted at least 3 times with different United Artists logos over the years.

Sunday 4 August 2013

TV Guide Artwork

Custom artwork from US TV guide for "Thunderball". Thanks to Vincent from The James Bond Collection for the tip!

Saturday 3 August 2013

US Poster Sizes

Overview of the US posters released for "Thunderball" in size proportion to each other.