Saturday, 22 July 2017

Aston Martin Model Kit Artwork

Original painting for the box of the Aurora Aston Martin model kit,  art by Mort K√ľnstler, gouache on illustration board, 44 x 62 cm. From the Nixdorf Collection. Thanks Thomas!

From Russia With Love Tribute

Concept tribute artwork for "From Russia With Love". I always thought that the helicopter scene would make an interesting action piece. This is the first stage concept. Needs some tweaking.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

James Bond Comic "Service"

James Bond 007 comic book "Service", Dynamite, signed, May 2017, artwork by Antonio Fuso


James Bond 007 comic book "Hammerhead", Dynamite, May 2017, artwork by Luca Casalanguida

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Nice Surprise

Nice surprise in the mail today: Tribute artwork for "You Only Live Twice" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" by Graham Kennedy, commissioned by the 007 Collector. Thank you Michael.

The Man With The Golden Eye

"The Man With The Golden Eye", Peter Lamont, Signum Books 2016

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Goldfinger Paperbacks from Germany

German paperback edition of "Goldfinger", part of a series by Superkrimi.

Thanks to Dan for sharing these!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Dr No Poster from Denmark

Original poster for "Agent 007 - Mission: Drab" (Dr No) from Denmark. 

Thank to Brian from Bond-O-Rama for sharing this.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Live And Let Die Tribute Art

Art tribute to Roger Moore in "Live and Let Die" by Paul Mann, commissioned by The Nixdorf Collection.

Blast from the past

My friend Thomas dug up a blast from the past: This is my "business" card from the 80s. All contact info is out of date ;-)

Longman Reader

Illustrations from the Longman Reader for "For Your Eyes Only".

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Folio James Bond Editions

Hardcover edition of Ian Fleming's "Dr No" published by the Folio Society in 2017. Illustrations by Fay Dalton.
Hardcover edition of Ian Fleming's "From Russia With Love" published by the Folio Society in 2016. Illustrations by Fay Dalton.
So far there are 3 editions plus the "Live and Let Die edition (not shown here)

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Roger Moore Tribute

A quick Roger Moore tribute for Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Roger Moore

Roger Moore painted by Robert McGinnis.

To the man who became a real hero after he put down the Walther PPK and helped children.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Red Nemesis First Edition

Signed, first edition of "Red Nemesis", a Young Bond novel by Steve Cole. Doubleday 2017. Illustration of the young Bond by Kev Walker.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Pirate Covers from Taiwan

Covers from from Taiwanese pirate edition of Ian Fleming novels using existing artwork from the Pan and Jonathan Cape books. Images courtesy of Alan from the "Collecting Fleming" site with a comprehensive selection of Ian Fleming books.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Octopussy Artwork by Renato Casaro

The artwork for Octopussy was created by two different artist: The version used in the US was by Dan Goozee. The rest of the world used artwork by Renato Casaro, sometimes in combination with the figures created by Goozee.

Casaro was asked to create a wide action scene montage around the figures created by Goozee to accommodate the landscape/ quad format in the UK.

This artwork was then used widely across the world. For some posters (such as the German one) the artwork was extended by an unknown artist such as the back of the elephant or the exploding train that was not part of Casaro’s original painting. 

Japan asked Casaro to re-create the figures of Moore and Adams therefore creating a completely new artwork.

Big thank you to Gabriele from the Casaro Studios and Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for their help and input! 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Diamonds Are Forever Book Cover

Paperback edition of Ian Fleming's "Diamonds Are Forever" from Thailand (left).

The cover is clearly inspired by Frank McCarthy's artwork for the US "From Russia With Love" edition by Bantam.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Spy Who Loved Me Artwork from Thailand

Original artwork for "The Spy Who Loved Me" by TongDee used for the campaign in Thailand. Approx 80x60 cm. Bob Peak's original artwork as comparison below.

Thanks to Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing this!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Octopussy Inspiration

"Octopussy" themed photo promotion from "Die Another Day"

Monday, 10 April 2017

Casino Royale Artwork by McGinnis

Illustration by Robert McGinnis depicting Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale

Thank to Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing this!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

From Russia With Love Large Print

Large print edition of Ian Fleming's "From Russia With Love", hardback.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Shredded Wheat Promo

Artwork created for promotional cards for "Octopussy". These were included in "Shredded Wheat" breakfast cereal boxes. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Italian Bond Covers

Selection of Italian James Bond 007 paperbacks by publisher Garzanti, Released between 1973 and 1977.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Art Tribute The Living Daylights

Art tribute to the literary version of "The Living Daylights". 

Art by Gerry Wadsworth, watercolour on Arches paper; 30.5cm x 46cm. Check out his other work here.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Skyfall Tribute Artwork

Tribute artwork for "Skyfall" by Mark Murphy. Here is his artwork page.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My Collection is Back

After 2 years in storage, I have my collection back. It was a strangely satisfying feeling unpacking everything and sorting the books. But there is still a lot more to unpack. Fun!

Monday, 27 February 2017

Look-In Magazine Cover Artwork

Look-In magazine cover artwork for the July 1977 edition featuring "The Spy Who Loved Me". Artwork by Amaldo Putzu.

Thanks to Jim for finding this!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Interview with artist Paul Mann

Artist Paul Mann kindly gave me an interview about his work and recent commission.

Q: What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer Paul Mann:I feel I was born with the desire to be an artist. As a small child I was always drawing and very much encouraged by my family. As I grew that desire in me grew.  My family and friends gave me such positive support and praise that I knew this was my calling in life.

Q: You mention on FB that you collect art yourself. What fascinates you about pop culture art?
Answer PM: As a young child I remember seeing Frank McCarthy's Thunderball movie poster.  The poster showing the underwater attack scene with Bond in his orange wet suit struggling with another diver. 

That image inspired me and I knew that someday that would be the type of art I wanted to do.  Throughout my life I have collected some of the original artwork of my favorite artists, of the fifties and sixties. I love the images of rugged men and beautiful women. Two of my favorite artists are Robert McGinnis and Frank McCarthy who also painted the early Bond posters. That era fascinates me because of the quality of artists and the work they were able to produce. Unfortunately it is becoming a lost art. There are very few artists around that can produce such work.

Q: What is your preferred painting medium?
Answer PM: I work in oils, gouache, and acrylic, I'm comfortable with all three mediums but my favorite would be gouache and acrylic. There is no wait time for the paint to set up as with oil because of that I can paint very fast with them and control the paint which gives me the results I want.

You recently completed a commission for a McCarthy-style “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” artwork, please tell us about that.
Answer PM: Yes, I've been working with a client who is a big Bond collector in Germany. It's really neat to get to paint anything dealing with the early Bond movies.I'm a huge fan of the artist Frank McCarthy and Robert McGinnis. They were the guys who painted the best of the early Bond art movie posters. To get to illustrate "On Her Majesty Secret Service" in a Frank McCarthy Style gives me a new appreciation of how darn good he was. These are hard illustrations to do there is a lot happening in them, lots of figures and lots of action. To be able to catch the flavor of McCarthy's poster work is a real challenge but very rewarding when I see the end product.

Q: How do you interpret the briefing and communicate your ideas to the client?
Answer PM: The client had a pretty good idea of what he wanted the art to consist of, I did my best to put together on paper what the client is seeing in his head.  I sent the client images of my sketches. The client then communicated back to me if there were things to change or move.  Such as angles, colors, and so forth.  I  then incorporated those ideas back into my sketch until we had figured it all out.  Again these illustrations are not easy to put together and it can take some time to come up with a good sketch that works.

Q: What is your process?
Answer PM: I always start with some simple doodles to get a basic design working and the placement of people and objects.

Next I will call in models and do a photo session, with those photos and any other scrap I have I will put together a simple but accurate line drawing.  Sometimes I may have to draw this out several times before I can get everything to fit nicely and work as a design.  Once the client okay's the sketch I go to a full color comp. This is where I want to make sure everything is working, that everything is sized right and that the color comes together.  I do take time to do a nice and finished color rough.  

Once okayed by the client I go to the finished art which will be much larger than my colored sketch.  I grid off the board I will be painting on and also my color sketch so I can make sure all objects will line up exactly the same on my final painting board as they did on my color sketch.  My finished art is usually done on illustration board or Masonite panel. Using my color rough as a reference I will start blocking the larger color masses in.  Knocking in the background color first and working from background to foreground. I will begin painting in all objects one by one, people, cars, helicopters, buildings until it all comes together.

Q: The artwork features a lot of different elements. What do you use as a reference?
Answer PM: That's always a challenge; first I look at all photos that I can find on the internet from the movie.  I do this to see if there is anything I can use as a good reference.  Usually there is very little I feel that will work for me.  I have to have the best reference material I can find or photograph my own figure scrap.  
I will bring into the studio models in costumes to pose and photograph.  It might be someone in a dark suit I will photograph him in the position that I need and then add the real Bond's head onto the body or my model will be wearing a military style outfit that is close to what was worn in the movie. This may mean a trip to the army surplus to find costuming.  I will hand my model a toy machine gun that I spray painted black to make it look authentic.  

I then have him stand on a large sheet of plywood with one end elevated about two feet off the ground so he is standing on a slanted surface.  It’s a lot of work which the client is not aware of but it does give me the material I need to do the art.

Q: Did the artwork change while you were painting it?
Answer PM: Yes, I was not happy with the Bond head I had, so I changed to a different head which worked much better.  You can let some things slide a little bit but never on a head.  It has to be right on and look like the character. The client also had one change he wanted a little surprise in it.  If you look close in the upper windows of the Piz Gloria you will see it.

Q: What are the finishing touches for the artwork?
Answer PM:The client asked me to add more fighting figures in the painting and to have snow blowing up from under the helicopter.  Adding the blowing snow worried me a little because if I over did it my people at the bottom of the art would disappear.  I tried to add enough to make the client happy but not too much that I lost the figures.  The snow was a good call on my client’s part it helped Bond pop out more.
Big thanks to Paul for his interview and Thomas from the Nixdorf Collection for sharing the commissioned artwork!