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JAMES BOND 1980s RE-RELEASE SEAN CONNERY ONE SHEETS

 

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The movie poster hobby is fortunate because in the early 1980s the studio reprinted some (but not all) of the early Sean Connery Bond U.S. one sheet movie posters and some Roger Moore posters.  While many of the original first release posters are very rare and expensive, the 1980 re-release posters are relatively affordable.


Surprisingly, it is uncertain when/how/why these were created.  According to MPA, which has a very detailed comparison, they were reprinted for a film festival.  Another source on the Illustrated007 blog reports the following:  “Cubby Broccoli [the producer of the Bond films] was very angry and afraid that [the new 1982 Sean Connery Bond film] NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (NSNA) would do better than OCTOPUSSY [the 1982 Roger Moore Bond film, which Broccoli was producing]. If NSNA started to make more money than OCTOPUSSY, he was going to retaliate by reissuing double features of the older Bonds, a Connery and a Moore together on double bills. Broccoli had UA reprint the old 1-sheets and have new lobby cards made for each film. NSNA was released, it did ok but not better than OCTOPUSSY, so the whole idea was scrapped leaving piles of new 1-sheets sitting around the UA warehouse, which of course started to quickly leak out into collectors hands.”


Generally, the 1980s reprints are relatively easy to distinguish from the first release originals.  Below are specific authentications highlighting the differences. Unless otherwise noted, both the first release posters and 1980s reprints are 27”(H) x 41”(V).  Images from Heritage Auctions website.

Dr No original first release one sheet

Dr. No 1980s restrike/recreation one sheet

Dr. No 1980s restrike/recreation one sheet: Printing information at bottom - note GAU logo at center

Dr. No 1962 first release one sheet: Printing information at bottom

Dr. No restrike/recreation: The studio reprinted the US one sheet from a folded-original, not the original printing plates.  Because the studio used a photo of a folded first release one sheet, faint fold-lines on the reprints are visible. The colors and printing information at the bottom are also different.

From Russia With Love restrike/recreation one sheet: Printing information at bottom - note GAU logo at center

From Russia With Love 1963 first release one sheet: Printing information at bottom

From Russia With Love 1963 first release one sheet (Style A)

From Russia With Love 1980s restrike/recreation one sheet: The title/credits are shifted up and the printing information at bottom is different.

The first release Style B was NOT reprinted.

Goldfinger restrike/recreation one sheet: Printing information at bottom, note GAU logo at center, “Goldfinger” at right

Goldfinger first release one sheet: Printing information at bottom:

Goldfinger 1964 first release one sheet

Goldfinger 1980s restrike/recreation one sheet: Among other differences, the credits are rearranged and the quotes around “Goldfinger” are removed.

DR. NO (1962)

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)

GOLDFINGER (1964)

THUNDERBALL (1965)

The other Thunderball one sheet (with jetpack extending beyond the border) was NOT reprinted.

Thunderball 1965 first release (“jetpack cut off at top” version) one sheet

Thunderball 1980s restrike/recreation one sheet: No major differences except for printing information at bottom.  The artwork may derive from a photo of the 30x40  poster.

The studio printed two first release one sheets for Thunderball, one showing the jet pack extending beyond the top border and one with the jet pack cut off, among other differences.  In the 1980s the studio reprinted the latter version:

Thunderball 1965 first release (“jetpack cut off at top” version) one sheet: Detail of bottom:

Thunderball restrike/recreation one sheet: Printing information at bottom, note GAU logo at center, “Thunderball” in quotes at right

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (YOLT) (1967)

The other one sheet styles for YOLT were NOT reprinted:

YOLT 1967 first release one sheet:

YOLT 1980s restrike/recreation one sheet:  It appears that the studio photographed the original art, which had been damaged on the left side. The damage is very noticeable on the restrike. (Much less damage on first release.)

YOLT Style B first release one sheet, bottom detail:

YOLT Style B restrike/recreation one sheet: Printing information at bottom, note GAU logo at center, “You Only Live Twice” in quotes at right:

YOLT Style C one sheet

YOLT Style A one sheet

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (OHMSS) (1969)

The studio did NOT reprint the Style A one sheet:

OHMSS 1969 first release one sheet (Style B), international (no rating):

OHMSS 1980s rerelease one sheet, probably photographed from a 30x40 poster, bottom printing information is different:

OHMSS 1969 first release one sheet (Style B) bottom

OHMSS 1980s rerelease one sheet (Style B) bottom, not GAU logo, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” on right:

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 first release one sheet:

Diamonds Are Forever 1980s rerelease one sheet OR 1971 original release Eastern Hemisphere one sheet.  Note the colors on “Forever Forever Forever Forever Forever” are different.

Some sources say that Diamonds are Forever was NOT reprinted because the studio had many “Eastern Hemisphere” posters left over from the original printing. (The “Eastern Hemisphere” versions say “Produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli” while “Western Hemisphere” versions are reversed.)  Furthermore, the alleged restrike uses the United Artists/Transamerica logo, which was only used until 1975.


However, the alleged restrikes feature the GAU union logo.  GAU was not formed until 1972, the year after Diamonds Are Forever came out, so it had to have been printed after 1971. Furthermore, the colors on “Forever Forever Forever Forever Forever” are different.

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 first release one sheet, with LPIU logo:

Diamonds Are Forever 1980s rerelease one sheet OR 1971 original release Eastern Hemisphere one sheet.

LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

It appears that “East Hemi” Live and Let Live Die, the first Roger Moore movie, may have been reprinted.  Below is my own picture of the two versions side by side.  The version on the right has the United Artists/Transamerica logo, which was used prior to 1975.  The version on the left has the “United Artists only” logo, which was only used in the early 1980s, therefore logically it is the 1980s restrike.  However, they are otherwise identical and some insist that it is not a restrike and that some early 1970s posters did use the “United Artists only” logo. 

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1975)

It appears that the “East Hemi” poster for The Man With The Golden Gun (Style A) was also reprinted for the same reasons as the LALD above, i.e. the restrike uses the “United Artists only” logo.   The font colors are also different.

The Man With The Golden Gun 1975 first release one sheet:

The Man With The Golden Gun 1980s restrike:

The studio did NOT reprint the rare Style B one sheet (featuring villains from previous films):

Live and Let Die 1980s restrike (alleged):

Live and Let Die 1973 original: