BOND AND BEYOND: THE SPY WE LOVED & A LEGEND RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD, FOREVER.
Dear Friends & Movie Lovers-
Hello from Hollywood. We'd like to start this month's newsletter by acknowledging the passing of Sir Roger Moore, who brought such charm, sophistication, wit and self-deprecating good humor to the 007 series. He wasn't everyone's ultimate Bond, but he certainly had a great run - starting with the relatively edgy and somewhat blaxploitation-influenced LIVE AND LET DIE, then hitting his stride in the glorious THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and the insanely lavish, over-the-top in outer space MOONRAKER and reeling it in a bit for the tighter, leaner FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. He may have been better off ending his tenure with the enjoyable OCTOPUSSY instead of A VIEW TO A KILL (where his age was starting to show, especially when sharing the screen with the formidable Grace Jones), but he was always game. And of course he's featured in a lot of great Bond posters; you can see our collectionHERE
The Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery summer season has gotten off to a great start, with filled-to-capacity screenings, some great guests and lots of good vibes. This Saturday's showing of THE WIZARD OF OZ promises to be one of the highlights of the summer: the cemetery has long been home to director Victor Fleming's final resting place and this month will see the unveiling of the legendary Judy Garland's new resting place at Hollywood Forever. Tickets to OZ are no longer available but you can get tickets for upcoming films such as THE USUAL SUSPECTS, JURASSIC PARK & STAND BY ME here
Boris Grinsson's beautiful artwork for the original French release of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is one of the most popular and recognizable 007 poster images. It's got everything a great Bond poster should have: Connery in a tux with a gun, a sexy Bond Girl, exotic locations and lots of great color. This month, we have an interesting variant of this iconic image: on original French 1 Panel poster without the text - "James Bond 007 est de retour!" ("Bond is back!") - and gun image at the top left. A truly unique poster.
And now for the posters: more than eighty new acquisitions this month, including:
Italian 39"x55" for Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY starring Barbara Steele
an intense, beautifully designed and extremely rare U.S. 1 Sheet for Barbet Schroeder's MORE