Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Countdown to SKYFALL #2: The Best & Worst Bond Movie Posters

In 3 days the new big-ass James Bond movie, SKYFALL, opens so this week Film Babble Blog is all about 007 leading up to my review on Friday.

For today's post, let's take a look at what I think are the best and worst Bond movie posters. This one for LIVE AND LET DIE (1973), is my favorite:

I always loved the ones that had Bond stoically standing with his gun (a far bigger one than his usual Walther PPK) held close to his face, as he's surrounded by a bunch of crazy sexy cool action. It was painted by artist Robert McGinnis, who did the poster art for many Bond movies.

Sadly, movie posters became more and more dominated by promotional photographs rather than painted images in the '80s and '90s. This Bond poster, poorly composed of photos, is my vote for the worst:

Ugh, just wretched, huh? At least it matches the quality of the film, one of the worst of the series. Even back in the '80s this looked tacky and crappy. I've seen romance novels with more tastedul graphics.

Lastly, here's one of the best Bond mashups: Sky Movies' advert for their HD Bond series, which features all the Bonds in a big action chase scene. Very well done.

More later...


James wellyousaythat said...

The Licence to Kill poster! Where to begin? Bond without a jacket dressed like a Latino lothario. Large alien eyed Bond in background. A Pseudo Roxy Music album cover in the foreground. And those flames! Truly awful posterage

John Ninnis said...

I like the Live and Let Die poster. The Licence to Kill poster is terrible. It just a man with gun and a photo of two pretty women, it could mean anything. I know that suppose to be the USA poster which I know UA had issues about how to sell the film, which is the reason on why the film didn't do well at the box office. I know the Asia version of Licence to Kill had the Bond ingredients had was a successfull. It's a shame as Licence to Kill is a great Bond movie.

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