James Bond: A rare and original concept artwork for the stylish and iconic poster for  Diamonds Are Forever, Eon Productions / United Artists, 1971,

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Lot 29
James Bond: A rare and original concept artwork for the stylish and iconic poster for Diamonds Are Forever,
Eon Productions / United Artists, 1971,

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 35,033) inc. premium

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FILM & TELEVISION
James Bond: A rare and original concept artwork for the stylish and iconic poster for Diamonds Are Forever,
Eon Productions / United Artists, 1971,
painted by Robert McGinnis, the gouache and mixed media artwork on board featuring Sean Connery as 'James Bond' standing in his famous pose holding his gun across his chest, flanked by Jill St. John as 'Tiffany Case' and Lana Wood as 'Penny O'Toole', both with diamonds falling from their hands, all in front of an underwater/ space scene, with intricately painted divers, submarine pods and space-based laser weapons. The top titled panel built up in layers of card with additional paint, and a hand-cut paper title affixed at the bottom. Signed by McGinnis in black on the right hand side, mounted, framed and glazed, 37 3/4in x 24 1/2in (96cm x 62cm)

Footnotes

  • Diamonds Are Forever was the seventh in the James Bond series. Featuring the return of the ever-popular Sean Connery, it focused on the charismatic Bond that audiences yearned for. The story has Bond impersonating a diamond smuggler to enter a smuggling ring, and soon uncovers a plot by his old nemesis Blofeld to use the diamonds to build a space-based laser weapon. Bond has to battle his nemesis for one last time, to stop the smuggling and stall Blofeld's plan of destroying Washington, D.C., and extorting the world with nuclear supremacy.

    Robert McGinnis (American, b.1926) is an artist and illustrator known for his illustrations of more than 1,200 paperback book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    Provenance:
    From a private collection.
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