Thunderball Art by Ciriello

Recently discovered the record by Ray Martin on the left. Which made me wonder: Did Ciriello paint the Thunderball artwork without the white box in the middle or not? Does anyone know?

Goldfinger Advertising from Brazil

Goldfinger flyer called "Cartazete" used for advertising in cinemas in Brazil, The back has photos and information about the film. 30 x 23 cm.

Thanks to Yuri for sharing these!

Interview with Bond Poster Model Cindy Wirth

Model Cindy R Wirth modeled for the poster artwork for “Never Say Never Again”, painted by Rudy Obrero. In this interview she shares her memories of her time as a Bond girl.

How did you get involved in posing for the Never Say Never Again, James Bond poster? Were you recommended by a casting or modeling agency ?
At the time I was with the Wilhelmina agency in Los Angeles working as a top fashion model. I was losing my designer clients due to my passion for my daily gym workouts. It was the time of the anorexic size “00” models. I no longer needed shoulder pads, I had muscles. 

Alternatively, I started working as a fitness model. The photographer, Bernard Boudreau who shot the stills for the  Never Say Never Again poster was a credited Weider Muscle and Fitness Magazine photographer. Bernard asked me to come in for the castings for Never Say Never Again.  The Advertising Agency was New York West in Hollywood.  Their offices were near the famous Capital Records Building. Bernard cast me as the body double for Domino played by Kim Basinger and Fitima Blush  played by Barbara Carrera.

Did the photographer or advertising agency provide wardrobe for the shoot?
No, I arrived at the shoot in a hot pink  leotard, a scissored cut t-shirt  ( no bra ) leg warmers and high heels.  But everyone in LA ran around in leotards and high heels, it  was the 80’s.  At the time, I was designing a bodywear line called Bodyrapp which I later sold to REEBOK in 1987.  The hot pink leotard was a new tanga style with suspenders similar to a man’s wrestling suit. I designed Bodyrapp in 1983.    

Therefore, there is no doubt that my photos were used by Rudy Obero in the final poster.  The movie, Never Say Never Again was still filming at the time of my photo shoot and often the ad agency for the film company does not have access to the  actual film as the advertising campaigns are done sometimes even before filming.   

New York West advertising artist Rudy Obero could have only worked from the photo stills from the poster shoot.  Never Say Never Again  was the return of Sean Connery as 007 after a 12 year absence.   A few years later I met Sean Connery at the home of a journalist from Paris Match and challenged him to a game of billards and won!!!  With his wife Micheline in the wings and friends in common, I felt it was best to stop at one victory!! However bragging about beating James Bond in billiards isn’t nearly as exciting as bedding James Bond.

Are there any other photos from the  photo shoots with Bernard Boudreau?
The only reason I have the photo used for the Never Say Never Again poster is that I asked Bernard to take a few shots of me in my tanga leotard for my fitness line.  Otherwise the agency is given the rolls of film and they process them and select apart from the photographer. The agency selects what photos to give the artist.  The artist creates his designs from the different poses in the photo stills and creates a composition layout for approval.  It’s rare that any of the original photo stills would be available.

Did posing as a James Bond girl change your life?

Well it certainly improved my billard game!!  The irony is that Bernard Boudreau was hired that same year to shoot the photo stills for the poster for  another James Bond film, Octopussy starring Roger Moore. Both films were being released in 1983.   Bernard cast me again for the body double this time as Octopussy played by  Maude Adams.  In this shoot Bernard provided Frederick’s of Hollywood gold stillettos and a long red satin negligee with thigh high slits on both sides.  I had to stand behind a mannequin wielding various toy weapons, a ball and a martini glass keeping the now famous “Angelina Jolie extended leg pose” in view.  There are no existing stills from this shoot.  Usually we shot Poloroids as a light test but we never thought to keep them.  Dan Goozee’ did the final art on Octopussy.  I don’t remember what advertising agency handled the Octopussy campaign.

Did you ever dream of being a Bond  girl?
Well since the last James Bond movie, SPECTRE cast 50 year old Monica Bellucci and Kim Basinger just signed a modeling contract at age 60 we can always still hope.

Model Cindy R Wirth lives in Italy.  In 2014, a  photo series of Cindy; Dames des Dunes taken by Italian photographer Azzurra Piccardi won the PX Prix de La Photographie Paris People’s Choice Award.   Her past work includes photo sessions with Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Harry Langdon. Cindy continues to work as a body model in 2016.

Thank you to Cindy and Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing this interview!

Airfix Artwork

Cover artwork for the 1967 Toyota GT model kit by Airfix for "You Only Live Twice"

Thanks to Stephan for the scan! 

Goldfinger Daybill Artwork

Artwork from the original Australian Daybill poster for "Goldfinger"The art still used in the US posters was re-created as an easy-to-print illustration. Thanks to Jackson for finding this.

Italian Moonraker artwork

Artwork for "Moonraker" by the Italian artists Enzo Sciotti. Thanks to Thomas from The Nixdorf Collection for sharing this.

Newspaper Ad from Denmark

Newspaper ad for "Agent 007 Jages" (From Russia With Love) from Denmark. This is taken from the Danish press sheet.

Check out the full press sheets on Bond-O-Rama.

Spectre Artwork

Artwork for "Spectre" by Chris Malbon. Check out his work here.

Live and Let Bikini

Spanish 1 sheet poster for "007 Vive Y Deja Morir" (LIve and Let Die). Additonal clothing was added to the original artwork by McGinnis. Original as comparison on the right.

Concept Artwork by Bob Peak

Concept artwork by Bob Peak for "The Spy Who Loved Me"

Thanks to Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing these!


Wanted: Original movie poster artwork, book and magazine cover illustrations, record sleeves and any other 007 art. Please contact Thomas Nixdorf

Original Look Up Artwork by McCarthy

Original "Look Up / Jetpack" artwork by Frank McCarthy for the film "Thunderball", 91 x60 cm, casein paint on artboard. I was fortunate to view the original and the detail and craftsmanship is simply stunning. 

Book Covers from Finland

Book covers for "Live and Let Die", "Goldfinger", "Moonraker" and "Thunderball" from Finland, published by Gummerus.

Happy Holidays

2015 was a very busy year for me which you might have noticed due to the infrequent updates. More to come in 2016!

I wish all my readers and contributors a nice Christmas break and a good start for 2016!


Painted Cinema Advertising from Greece

The days of painted front-of-house advertising are over. But the tradition survived in Greece as these examples from "Skyfall" and "Spectre" illustrate. Thank to Anagnostis and the James Bond Greek Fans Community on FB for sharing this!

Spectre Artwork

Two illustrations for "Spectre" by an unknown (at least to me) artist. Thanks to Simon for finding this!

Live And Let Die RPG Artwork

Artwork for the cover of the Victory Games Role Playing Game "Live And Let Die". Artwork is not signed. Talbot? The McGinnis original as comparison. 

James Bond Fan Phenomena

"Fan Phenomena James Bond", edited by Claire Hines, Intellect Books, 2015.Claire kindly interviewed me for the book. The paperback is available here.

Casino Royale Edition from the Folio Society

Artwork by Fay Dalton for the 2015 edition of Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale", published by the Folio Society. The edition features several more illustrations.

Spectre Books and Brochures

New books and brochures for the release of "Spectre"

"Blood, Sweat and Bond - Behind the Scenes of Spectre", curated by Rankin, Dorling Kindersley 2015.
Brochure from the premiere at the Royal Albert Hall (And the event ticket)

Darwin Cooke paints Bond

James Bond homage painted by Darwin Cooke. A print is available here.

MI6 Confidential

Check out the latest issue of MI6 Confidential with a very interesting special about the artworks for "Licence To Kill". The magazine is available here.

Art Auction

James Bond artworks painted by Yves Thos. 

Thanks to Frédéric  from for sharing these!

Vargr Comic Book Covers

Cover variations for the upcoming James Bond 007 comic series "Vargr" by Dynamite, written by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Masters. The covers are created by various artists.

Bond By Design

"Bond By Design - The Art of the James Bond Films" Large format hardcover in slip case, Meg Simmonds, Dorling Kindersley 2015.

John Gardner Book Covers from Germany

The German publisher Cross Cult is reissuing all John Gardner novels with new cover artworks by Michael Gillette.

What Are These?

These Dr No / From Russia With Love Combo posters came up at an auction recently. They were described as 1965 combo posters from the UK measuring 40 x 60 inches. I've never seen them before. Anyone knows what they are?

Never Say Never again: Swedish Poster Artwork

The following images illustrate the creative process of creating artwork  for the Swedish poster for "Never Say Never Again" by artist Adrian Purkis.
1) First rough sketches to experiment with different ideas and compositions.

2) Then one idea is refined from a rough sketch to more detailed rendering.

3) These are the final black/white rendering, the full colour artwork and how it was used in the poster.

Big thanks to Thomas from The Nixdorf Collection for sharing these!

You Only Live Twice Illustration

Illustration from the weekly German magazine "Stern" for the promotion of Ian Fleming's "Du Lebst Nur Zweimal" (You Only Live Twice). Artwork by Urs Landis.

Some nerdy trivia on the side: When the first book edition of YOLT was released in Germany, it was called "James Bond Rides The Tiger".

Thanks to Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing this!

Books from Bengal

Bengali editions of James Bond books.I found these on Facebook (I believe) but do not remember the person who posted them. But: Thank you for sharing them - they are something different!