International Bonds

With the world’s financial markets going into the toilet, now might be a good time to buy Bonds. That’s right — James Bond! Specifically, these International beauties from Italian designers, Giorgio Olivetti (top row) and Averardo Ciriello (bottom left), as well as French kingpin, Boris Grinsson (bottom right). (via Heritage and 007 Illustrated)

Chronicle Books Movie Poster Spree!

Chronicle Books, that tasteful chronicle of movie poster books (and much more), is having a haul-iday contest in which bloggers and their readers can win a $500 shopping spree!

Even though it’s obviously a clever promo, CB has the wares to back it up. Over the past year, I’ve bragged ad nauseum about their awesome Art of the Modern Movie Poster (by Sam Sarowitz of Posteritati and Dave Kehr) — but they’ve also published a beautiful bounty of poster art books in the past, including The Star Wars Poster Book, Picture Show: Classic Movie Posters from the TCM Archives, Trash, Surf Movies Tonite!, and James Bond Movie Posters (which, unfortunately, is out of stock). And they’ve also released a few rockin’ art titles, too, like The Small Stakes: Music Posters and Gig Posters.

Plus, even if you don’t win the contest, they’re having a Friends & Family Sale through December 5, so just enter the promo code “FRIENDS” and you can get 35% off any books you choose…even non poster books such as The Art of Mcsweeney’s or The Projectionist, an intriguing new release about a small town movie theatre projectionist who once built a fully-functional miniature version of a grand movie palace in his basement. Sounds like a Charlie Kaufman movie waiting to happen!

So feel free to comment about your love of movie poster books and let’s win this sucker!

You Say Dorero, I Say Obrero!

Last month, I wrote about an “unknown” artist named R. Dorero who did the Never Say Never Again one-sheet. Well, the reason this Dorero character was such a mystery is because he doesn’t exist!

The real artist who did this James Bond classic happens to be a very accomplished illustrator named Rudy Obrero who has done a whole slew of other movie posters, including The Postman Always Rings Twice, Oh God You Devil, A Fish Called Wanda as well as work on more recent pics such as The Cat In The Hat and Russell Crowe’s Master and Commander.

But I wasn’t the only one fooled — it appears that LearnAboutMoviePosters and EMoviePoster also made the same mistake. My best guess is that someone misread Obrero’s signature on the original Never Say Never Again poster and the search engines ran with it, thus the confusion. Anyway, the truth is that Rudy Obrero is the real creator behind 007’s NSNA and is still doing great work. So sorry, Rudy. I will never again mistake a Dorero for an Obrero!

Gouzee’s Doozies

His name is Gouzee. Daniel Gouzee. Or Dan Gouzee for short. And I can’t figure out why this artist isn’t more well-known since he’s only contributed to some of the most popular movie franchises in motion picture history (i.e. James Bond). Oh well. Sit back and enjoy his work!