YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE / ON NE VIT QUE DEUX FOIS (1967) POSTER, FRENCH, ADVANCE
You Only Live Twice / On Ne Vit Que Deux Fois (1967) poster, French, Advance
Art by Joseph Benari (dates unknown)
Unframed: 94 x 32 in. (239 x 81 cm)
This advance French poster, with the classic image of Sean Connery in a tuxedo with his right arm across his body, holding his gun, was first seen on the British poster for From Russia with Love in 1963. This image of James Bond has become synonymous with 007. The same image appears alongside the credits on all three of the British posters for this film. However, the French distributors had Joseph Benari re-work this image of Bond in his own style. This style of poster would have been pasted on billboards in major cities in France, months ahead of the release of the film, and act as a teaser, as there is no mention of the name of the film.
This exceptionally rare huge billboard poster has only surfaced a few times over the past twenty years.
This was the fifth James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert, in the first of three Bond films that he would direct for Eon Productions. The screenplay for the film was written by Roald Dahl, and is vaguely based on Ian Fleming's 1964 novel. During filming it was announced that Sean Connery would retire from playing Bond, although he did make a come back in Diamonds are Forever in 1971 and Never Say Never Again in 1983.
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Very good condition, with the colours remaining bright. Restoration to folds, tape marks around the edges and corners of the poster, and on the centre, where the two sheets were joined. There are some surface marks in the black areas.
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