Sunday, 28 September 2014

Comic Cover Artwork from Denmark

Cover artwork for the first Danish comic edition of "Agent 007 James Bond  - Højt spil i Monte Carlo" (Casino Royale?) from 1965.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

US Lobby Card Update

Update for the US "Diamonds Are Forever" Lobby Cards: There are 3 different variations of the cards which differ in the producers credit and the white strip at the bottom. I've read somewhere that the cards were re-released in the 80s but I have no idea which is which.

Thanks to Simon for sharing the third card and his knowledge with me!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

US Diamonds Are Forever Lobby Cards

US Lobby card set of 8 for "Diamonds Are Forever"
There are 2 different sets, it appears that one is for the US market with NSS text and Broccoli mentioned in the producers credit first while the other set mentions Saltzman first.
Mini Lobby Card set of 8 which also exits in 2 variations.
Reissue set of 5 cards (?) for the 1984 MGM re-release.

Interview with Margaret Nolan

While actress and artist Margaret Nolan has starred in more than 50 film and TV roles, 007 fans probably know her best from her role as the Dink in "Goldfinger". But she also features in the iconic title sequence and poster campaign for Goldfinger designed by Robert Brownjohn. Margaret was so kind to answer my questions about her involvement:

Illustrated 007: How did you get involved in the title and poster production for the film Goldfinger? 
Margaret Nolan: I was asked to do the titles and agreed on condition I had a part in the film. 

What kind of briefing did you receive? 
Only that I was required to wear a bikini and be painted gold. 

Was the title song available for the session as a reference or was it filmed in silence? Brownjohn had his jazz going

Where was the sequence filmed and how long did it take? 
At his studio. I think it was Fulham. It took a week, at least. I can't remember exactly. 

You appear very calm and collected in the title sequence but I could imagine that it took a lot of effort. How did the shoot go? 
It was no effort at all, just very tiring. Being painted every day took some time, an hour at least and then all washed off after. 

Robert Brownjohn is described as very talented but also challenging to work with. What was your experience? 
No, he was totally professional 

Was the photo used in the Goldfinger poster shot separately or was it all done in one go? 
It was done at the same time. There was a photographer (Herbert Spencer) there all the time.

Nowadays you create your own artwork. What inspired you to do them? 
Having all these photos from my career and not knowing what to do with them as they were too good to throw away.

Thank you Margaret! 
Her artwork can be found at

Friday, 19 September 2014

Goldfinger Reloaded

Poster for the 50th Anniversary event "Goldfinger Reloaded" in Andermatt, Switzerland. Artwork by Graham Kennedy.

Big thanks to the Swiss Bond Club for this great event and especially to Michael Hackl, the 007 Collector.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Italian Goldfinger Poster Artwork

Artwork for the Italian "Goldfinger" posters attributed to Averardo Ciriello. Original version from 1964 on the left, reissue on the right. Although they are similar the reissue poster was re-painted. Does anyone know why?

Friday, 5 September 2014

Comic Book Artwork

Inside pages of the Danish comic book below.

Comic Cover Artwork

Cover artwork for issue 14 of the Danish comic  "James Bond Agent 007  -Spionen fra Ost". Artist unknown. Does anyone know what the signature is? Thanks to Soeren who traded this comic with me a long time ago, still love it.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

British Diamonds Are Forever Lobby Cards

Original set of 8 Front of House cards for "Diamonds Are Forever" from the United Kingdom
Reissue set of 8 Front of House cards for "Diamonds Are Forever" from the UK. Thanks to Simon for sharing these with me!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Goldeneye: Ian Fleming's Jamaica

"Goldeneye - Where Bond was was born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica", Matthew Parker, Hutchinson 2014. I met Matthew in my favourite bookshop Hatchard's yesterday and he kindly signed the book for me.