DR. NO: That’s a Dom Perignon ’55, it would be a pity to break it.
BOND: I prefer the ’53 myself…
We’re very fortunate to acquire small collections from the two most famous film franchises in history – “James Bond” and “Star Wars.” They’re the stars of the 30 film posters on auction October 22. Scroll down for a preview of the coming attractions…
54 1⁄2 x 77 in./138.5 x 195.4 cm
We’re pleased to offer a unique consignment of seven original, foreign-release posters of Sean Connery’s first James Bond films. Our selection includes two posters of “From Russia with Love,” one French and one, shown above, Italian; three posters for “Dr. No” (two Italian and one rare French pre-release); and one each for “Goldfinger” (Italian) and “You Only Live Twice” (French). With the exception of the French “Dr. No,” all are large sized.
27 1⁄8 x 41 in./68.8 x 104 cm
We’re also thrilled to offer six pristine movie posters from the inaugural “Star Wars” trilogy (Episodes VI – VI), originally acquired directly from LucasFilm, Ltd. They include famous images from “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi” – including this very rare and highly sought-after poster for “Revenge of the Jedi,” the original title for Episode VI before Lucas reflected more deeply on the nature of the Jedi. A limited run of “Revenge” posters was produced in 1982 before second thoughts emerged.
40 3⁄4 x 78 1⁄8 in./103.6 x 200.4 cm
The dramatically concerned eyes, the tiptoed entrance, the sweep of the arm all pinpoint the archetypal characteristics of a silent film classic. Yet we can find next to nothing about the plot of “All of a Sudden Norma.” The actress Bessie Barriscale, a first-generation Irish-American from Hoboken, made this film with her husband and director Howard C. Hickman while on a world tour. The outstanding coloration and detail of this three-sheet poster make it one to cherish.
45 7⁄8 x 61 5⁄8 in./116.5 x 156.5 cm
A superb interpretation of Chaplin’s physical comedy, produced for the French release of 1914’s “Caught in a Cabaret.” This film was made when Charlie had only about three months’ experience in the movies, but already he shared directorial credit with the more experienced co-star, Mabel Normand. He plays a waiter who tries to impress a society girl by pretending to be a visiting diplomat, only to have it backfire on him when she and her friends go slumming the next day and visit the dive in which he works. This results in the first of many pies to Chaplin’s face.
28 1⁄8 x 40 3⁄4 in./71.3 x 103.5 cm
The walls have eyes in this unique, and wonderfully bizarre, poster for a silent melodrama screened around 1920. Maciste is one of the oldest recurring characters in cinema, created by the famous Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio and filmmaker Giovanni Pastroni. He’s usually depicted as a Hercules-like figure, and made his debut in the 1914 Italian silent movie classic Cabiria. This adventure, “Against the Kidnappers,” is likely a U.S. release of “The Liberator,” filmed in Italy during World War I, largely using soldiers on leave from the front lines as actors. It’s also likely this poster was retrieved from a trove of movie posters discovered in an old movie house in the Belmont section of The Bronx, New York City. (Digitized records have one Duilio Marazzi applying for naturalization in the Southern District of New York in 1922.) This particular poster has newsprint tip-on “Syncronized [sic] with Music & Sound Effects” over the original “in 10 parts.” As a result, it’s not only a better advertisement, arguably; it’s also a one-of-a-kind artifact.