Bond Movie Posters: The Official 007 Collection
By Tony Nourmand
before the Cocktail Nation re-introduced the martini as
a sexy emblem of style into the popular consciousness,
James bond, as definitively personified by Sean Connery,
stirred the imaginations of millions of pleasure seekers.
Bond shook up the film censors while he was it, with his
revolutionary vodka martini, shaken and not stirred, in
one hand, his trusty Walter PPK in the other, and a clinging
babe somewhere in between. This iconic imagery was forever
etched into the popular culture via Maurice Binders' imaginatively
designed title sequences, John Barry's thrilling themes,
Connery's cosmic coolness, and of course, the magical
marketing campaigns, best represented by the exciting
James Bond Movie Posters: The Official 007 Collection
(Chronicle Books), Tony Nourmand, curator of London's
Reel Poster Gallery, illustrates the constant mystique
of Bond via the ever-changing tastes and trends in the
poster artwork, with representatives from around the globe
reflecting the international obsession for 007. From the
stunning myriad of graphic sensuality pitching 1962's
premiere Bond epic Dr. No right up to the relatively
bland campaign for Pierce Brosnan's 1999 entry The
World is not Enough (which depicts the sundry stars'
appeal over the allure of the action), this essential
collection is an eye-popping crash course in not just
the celluloid history of the world's greatest spy, but
the diverse manner in which his visage and mythology have
been exploited around the world for the past four decades,
including magazine, newspaper and press book advertising,
and even profiles of the artists, too often neglected.
The Austin Powers-that-be can go shag themselvesJames
Bond is our man in the field.