Vintage James Bond Film Posters

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2015-06-26 10:32:36

Vintage James Bond film posters are posters dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, advertising films based on the James Bond series of books.

Brief history and description

The James Bond film series is based on a collection of novels written by Ian Fleming.

The James Bond character has been played by various different actors throughout the series' history including Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Roger Moore in Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Moonraker (1979), to name a few.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia from early James Bond films starring Sean Connery are considered to be the most rare and valuable - Connery is regularly voted the most popular and iconic James Bond actor, and his memorabilia is by far the most sought after.

A with any original film posters, only those printed specifically for use by cinemas are valuable. Reprinted posters which were mass produced for retail are relatively worthless to collectors.

Second advance, one-sheet James Bond movie posters are also considered to be rare and valuable, as they were printed during the film's initial release and may feature different images or text than movie posters which were printed after the film's release.

Restoration of a James Bond poster is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the poster may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage James Bond posters, visit the James Bond official website.

Value

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a second advance one-sheet James Bond Moonraker poster (circa 1979) for $25,000 in December of 2008.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold an original James Bond Dr. No movie poster (circa 1962, 30" x 40") for $7,000 in November of 2008.

Clark's Fine Art & Auctioneers Inc. in Sherman Oaks, California sold an original James Bond You Only Live Twice movie poster (circa 1967; 81" x 41") with a linen back and a frame for $750 in September of 2008, and the same poster for $800 in October of 2008.

Stephen Bennett Auctions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire sold an original James Bond Thunderball movie poster (circa 1975) which was printed for the re-release of the 1965 film for $100 in December of 2007.

Stephen Bennett Auctions in Portsmouth, New Hampshire sold an original James Bond Octopussy movie poster (circa 1983) for $50 in December of 2007.

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