To honour the 50 anniversary of James Bond and the release of Sam Mendes’s rather good Skyfall in cinemas this Friday 26 October we have decided to create the ultimate James Bond guide to London showing you things to see and do before settling in to see Skyfall. Our review of Skyfall can be found here!
To mark their Centenary Artist James Hart Dyke was invited by the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, to create a record of their work in a series of paintings and sketches. This unique project saw James working closely with MI6 for a year, both in the UK and embedded with military abroad. The resulting exhibition A Year with MI6 was exhibited at Mount Street Galleries in 2011. To view Dyke's MI6 collection online visit his site here: http://www.jameshartdyke.com/James_Hart_Dyke_official_website/A_year_with_MI6.html
A Year with MI6 was very successful and received both critical acclaim and wide spread international coverage which resulted in Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at EON hearing about James, we gave them a private viewing of a few select pieces from James’s show about 2 or 3 months ago.
The idea was that James looked back at the older Bond films poster and we really loved them - they are works of art like Dr No and You Only Live Twice and we felt that there was a lack of art in James Bond movie posters. James proposed to a similar design to this -
The image celebrates the six actors that have played Bond – Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Hart Dyke sought inspiration from classic Bond movie posters of the 1960’s and 1970’s and in particular the iconic “Dr No” teaser poster of 1962 which is referenced in the yellow background of the main edition print.
Of course Bond aficionados will know that Everything or Nothing is the origin of the acronym EON the name given to Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli's production company - EON Productions.
I was very impressed with the breadth and number of different designs which got me wondering how long it took James to create the designs?
The design happened very quickly, but these are actually proofs that you are looking at the actual silkscreen prints will be more intricate, for instance this would be embossed.
These are proofs to show people, as the timing was important and we wanted to be ready in October for Bond’s 50th anniversary and the release of Skyfall. So they are still being produced, often with these thing it could take up to a year so it has been very tight - but we were lucky to be involved directly with Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson and David Pope the EON CEO.
Over here we additional studies, what I call some fun stuff, but really extra studies into how James built it all up, explored different uses of medium and brought the concept together.
These pieces will be given to EON to go into their archives and these are the works that were scanned to produce the print:
These are from a side project I did earlier in the year with Robert McGinnis.
This wonderful quality and striking image is one of the most iconic Bond poses from the early 1970’s and was initially a pose which was depicted by Robert McGinnis in the poster design for the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die” starring Roger Moore and subsequently used in poster and promotional material both for this film and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974). It is thought that in this unfinished preparatory portrait, McGinnis was adapting the original pose of Sean Connery from the “You Only Live Twice” poster (designed together with Frank McCarthey) for the Roger Moore campaign when he became Bond in 1973.
On the back of that we did a study for Roger Moore’s Live and Let Die which Robert McGinnis has hand signed.
Roger Moore - 007 by Robert E. McGinnis (2012), Silkscreen print on paper with diamond dust and glazes
We also have this interesting portrait by Andy Gotts (Andy Gotts is a very sought after photographer renowned for his celebrity portraits) Andy was actually invited by Daniel Craig onto the set of Skyfall as Daniel’s personal photographer. Prior to that he did this very interesting portrait of Desmond Llewelyn tragically just the week before he passed.
This is the final finished poster that was used for the Everything or Nothing documentary.
|James Bond 007 Everything Or Nothing Poster|
There are four different colourways available as follows: Yellow (Edition of 200), Red (Edition of 75), Blue (Edition of 75) and White with Gold Leaf (Deluxe Edition of 50).
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The 007 Project at
Mount Street Galleries is now Delahunty Fine Art and relocated to: 21 Bruton St., London, W1J 6QD
The 007 Project will run until 9 November, 2012
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Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.
SKYFALL opens at cinemas across the UK on 26th October 2012
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