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James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters Hardcover – September 3, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Slp edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756698375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756698379
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.7 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Doug on September 4, 2012
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This is by far the best Bond poster art book yet. It's 320 pages and comes in a slipcase. The inner sleeve even has a pocket that holds two mini card stock posters. One is the Italian one-sheet for "Dr No" and the other is the US one-sheet for "Octopussy." I'm not sure f they are the same for each copy. Each movie has it's own chapter and includes teaser, general release and unused poster art from US, UK, French, Italian, Japanese and other countries. Even lobby card art. It also has chapters for the 1967 "Casino Royale" and "Never Say Never Again" poster art as well as an artist index. My understanding is that the version of this book that comes with the Bond 50 BD set is an abridged version. The book is worth adding to any James Bond fan's collection...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on September 15, 2012
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I have been a James Bond fan since seeing "Dr. No," at age 13, at my local theater with my father. I have numerous books on Bond and the Bond films and several books on the James Bond movie posters. However, they do not come close to this book. This heavyweight hard-cover book comes in a nice hard-cover sleeve with Connery as Bond on the front cover and Roger Moore in "Octopussy" on the back. As stated this book is big and heavy. (I would not hit anyone on the head with this book as you will surely knock them out or worse.)
The book starts with "Dr. No" and concludes with the upcoming "Skyfall." On top of the official Bond films, the 1967 mess "Casino Royale" and the unnecessary Sean Connery remake of "Thunderball," "Never Say Never Again" are also included. One of the many things I love about this book are the inclusions of lobby card sets and Italian "Photobustas." Also there are translations of what is written on the non-English Bond posters, a great idea.
The one thing I really came to realize was how much nicer the painted posters from the Connery/Moore days were compared to what we are seeing today which are basically all photographs. I own several of the Bond posters and never tire of looking at the wonderful artwork on films like "You Only Live Twice" and "Live and Let Die." And while I am greatly looking forward to "Skyfall," the Bond films of the Connery/Moore years were major events to be excited about. Their posters reflected this. I'm not quite sure that it is the same thing today.
In conclusion, if your're any sort of a Bond fan at all, you must get this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fuwa on September 4, 2012
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This is a goood overview of Bond posters but it is missing some key posters. The most egregious omission is the From Russia With Love door posters (James Bond Is Back!). I remember seeing this artwork on the FRWL record LP and this is what I associate most with that movie. This was the artwork that piqued my interest in the Bond films as they were becoming popular.

The festival posters are also absent: "Spend A Night With James Bond" (DN,FRWL,GF), "Can One Motion Picture Contain All this Excitement.? No..... It takes two ..... The Two Biggest Bonds of all (TB,YOLT) etc. etc.

A good book for the casual Bond fan but the serious fan wlll also want to get the James Bond Movie Posters The Official 007 Collection from 2002.
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Dorling Kindersley's rather lavish book is perhaps more of a dinner table book than a coffee table book for one simple reason: it's huge. While you'll certainly need a lot of extra space just to turn the pages (male readers risk a hernia if the try reading it in their laps), it's a terrific overview of the film series that probably more than any other changed the way films were marketed. Unfortunately, it's also an unwitting demonstration of how unimaginative modern movie posters have become, with the ingenuity and wonderful artwork by many of the great movie poster artists of all time - Frank McCarthy, Bob Peak, Robert McGinnis, Renato Casari, Jean Maschi - giving way to increasingly identikit photoshop efforts. By the time you get to Quantum of Solace action packed artwork is a thing of the past, with GQ fashion shoots seemingly the model, a tragedy when you consider how iconic many of the great Bond posters like From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die or the 1967 Casino Royale are (gratifyingly this volume doesn't pretend that the EON films are the only Bond movies). Still, it could have been more dispiriting still: time precluded including all but the sly teaser for Skyfall, which has seen the laziest photoshopped posters in the series history.

Not that photoshopping is always bad: there are some good photo montages and teasers right through to the Timothy Dalton era (though the photoshop Licence to Kill quad is still a lowpoint) even when the producers decided to go with some of the dodgier artwork produced (the Moonraker teaser is infinitely superior to the clumsy final release ones).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fritz Nilsen on September 6, 2012
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Great looking book, but I find the numerous speculations about a poster's origin to be amateurish. Several posters are accompanied by the caption "Artwork maybe by *insert artist here*" If the artist is unknown, just state that and move on. In the case of the standard U.S. one sheet for Never Say Never Again, it is attributed to "maybe Renato Casaro", when a simple Google search would tell you it was Rudy Obrero who did the poster. I expect to see this rectified in future printings.
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