James Bond: The Man With The Golden Gun
Japanese B2 – 20.25″ x 28.5″ (51 x 73 cm) / Single Sided
UK / British
Near mint minus; originally rolled (as issued)
Christopher Lee, Bernard Lee, Britt Ekland, Clifton James, Desmond Llewelyn, Herve Villachaize, Lois Maxwell, Maud Adams, Roger Moore
“The world’s greatest villains have tried to kill James Bond…Now it’s Scaramanga’s turn to try !”
A truly exceptional Japanese B2 film poster for the 1974 James Bond film “The Man With The Golden Gun”, produced for United Artists under the classic stewardship of Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and director Guy Hamilton. Ian Fleming’s spy novel received the usual terrific treatment with the help of two beautiful Bond Girls, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams, and an incredibly dangerous villain, Scaramanga portrayed by Hammer Films “Dracula” star Christopher Lee. He is accompanied by one of the best Bond henchmen, diminutive Nick Nack as played by French actor Herve Villechaize. Stunning Far East location work in this effort includes Kowloon, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and throw in a bit of martial arts (popular due to the huge success of “Enter The Dragon”) then you have not just your typical action-packed Bond spectacle but also an instantly recognisable Bond film poster. Stunning detailed Robert McGinnis artwork (sadly for the last time on a Bond poster) makes for one of the best of all the Roger Moore Bond films. Originally rolled (as issued) this beautiful unrestored Japanese B2 displays and presents to superb effect. No pinholes, tears, rips or paper loss, just the very minimal of handling wear. Pure brilliant white background with the artwork colours rich and vibrant. This scarce item represents a fantastic piece of 007 movie memorabilia.
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“Scaramanga is a hit-man who charges a million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realises that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown ?”
Yes, of all the Bond villains in the over twenty films, Christopher Lee is by far my favourite. This is probably due to the fact I enjoy seeing Lee in general. He also does one of his best acting jobs here, it just seems he is utterly thrilled to be in this film and that he is happy to not being Dracula again. Of course, despite the fact that Lee is my favourite Bond villain and Roger Moore does great as Bond here and most of the cast do a wonderful job it still does not rank as one of my favourite al time Bond films. This is mainly due to the fact I just think they could have crafted a better story around the assassin whose skill set matches Bond and they could have and should have omitted a return character from the previous Roger Moore film. Of course, this film also boasts the return of ‘Q’ (Desmond Llewelyn) as he was absent from “Live and Let Die“. So all in all a good Bond film, but had they done some different things with the story it could have been one of the best.
“The Man With The Golden Gun“ has Bond being sent a bullet made of gold. This bullet may be a warning that he is the next target of Scaramanga, the man with the golden gun. He is a feared assassin and with Bond being in his sights ‘M’ (Bernard Lee)has no choice but to take Bond off his assignment; however, he hints that Bond should go out and find the assassin first thus improving his odds for survival greatly. Bond soon finds himself in Hong Kong where he soon learns that he is not Scaramanga’s target and that a solar energy device is at the center of everything.
This film has some excellent action set pieces, but as I said, they could have crafted a better story around the man with the golden gun. They also did not need to have a return performance from Sheriff J. W. Pepper. (Clifton James). Sure his character made perfect sense in the previous film, as it was set in Louisiana, but this time we’re in Hong Kong…I seriously doubt a redneck sheriff is going to want to vacation in Hong Kong. Also, it makes little sense that Bond goes, “Oh no” when he sees the sheriff as he had virtually no interaction with Bond in Live and Let Die. Pepper ruins what should have been an awesome car chase scene with his lame humor and he just drags the film down.
Overall, I enjoyed this film. Seeing Lee’s Scaramanga and Moore’s Bond interact is the best parts of this film as Lee seems more than happy to be a Bond villain. The Bond girls are attractive and Herve’s henchman Nick Nack is also a nice character. Just a shame they had so many good characters, but they just could not make the story considerably stronger. The film does feature some nice action sequences, but a couple of times they are undercut by everyone’s favorite sheriff. Still, it was a nice second film for Roger Moore as Bond as by now he seems like a veteran of several James Bond films.
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A generally unused poster with fresh, saturated colors. May have minimal tears at folds. Has no significant holes, no paper loss, may have minor tears along edges, may have fine pin holes.
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11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.
14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.
22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.
14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.
STYLE Y/FORTY BY SIXTY
40 x 60″ printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.
27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.
41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.
30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.
27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.
13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.
18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.
(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.
(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.
47 x 63″ (GRANDE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian’s some of the artwork is extrememly beautiful.