Mitchell Hooks’ artwork captures all the assured charm of Ian Fleming’s Dr No, starring Sean Connery as 007. Note the emphasis on the novel and author being the main selling point. At this stage, the Fleming books were deemed to be the ‘above-the-line’ selling points. The famous three-girl formula is illustrated here: (from right) Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench, an initial Bond conquest, then Zena Marshall as Miss Taro, the villainous femme fatale whom Bond seduces and neutralises, and finally front and back views of Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, in her iconic, self-designed white bikini (sold at Christies in 2001 for over £40,000). It was with some confidence they announced it as ‘THE FIRST JAMES BOND FILM!’ Interestingly, this poster would form the basis of the one used for Everything or Nothing, the documentary film to celebrate 50 years of Bond in 2015.
Mitchell Hooks (1923-2013) and David Chasman
1962, Eon / United Artists, British quad, condition A-; not backed
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