- "Do you expect me to talk?"
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."
As the orginal film poster says, "Everything he touches turns to excitement!" Goldfinger was Sean Connery's third turn as James Bond. Bouncing between the US and Europe, Goldfinger challenges Bond to a round of golf, tries to bisect him with a laser, and nearly kills him in the most famous gold vault in the world, Fort Knox. As a native of Kentucky, I've always loved this film. Our own Kentucky Fried Chicken has a cameo in the movie, as does our signature Derby drink, the mint julep (in the title as the letter 'i'). This graphic poster features Fort Knox being buzzed by Pussy Galore's Flying Circus, the henchman Oddjob with his deadly hat, and a sensuous silhouette to represent poor Jill Masterson who was suffocated to death with gold paint. Bond is pictured in a tweed traveling suit and wears Connery's suave grin, crinkling his sparkling eyes. The colors of this poster were sampled from one of Kentucky's signature crops, tobacco.
- Roger Moore's debut as 007 ushered in a different style of Bond film and featured one of the most popular theme songs. Though some may dislike the playfullness of Moore's Bond, I think all the films deserve respect (some more than others). Live and Let Die is chock full of action; from New York, to the Bayou, to the island paradise of a big-time drug lord. Voodoo and tarot play a role here too, especially in the life of Bond's lovely lady, Solitaire. This poster features the maniacal Baron Samedi, the high priestess tarot card (representing Solitaire), a flashy speedboat in the heat of the chase, and a hungry alligator. For the tiled pattern, I laced 007's with graphic blooms of the opium poppy. A vintage metal dry goods can provided the color palette for this poster.
- Timothy Dalton played Bond for two films with Licence to Kill showing a rougher, more vengeful 007. James goes rogue to secure justice for his friend Felix Leiter and bring down an untouchable drug kingpin. From a high-flying wedding entrance to a rocky tanker truck chase, Licence to Kill isn't short on action. The story is more visceral, especially compared to the films of Roger Moore. Here we see the emotional side of our favorite secret agent. This poster takes us from beginning to end with hungry sharks, aerial acrobatics, the love of two strong women, and a resolution of flame. The hues of the tropics and central America provided the palette for this poster.