Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that the most comprehensive collection of James Bond movie posters to ever reach the market will be a part of their December 15 & 16 Hollywood Auction in Los Angeles. Not only is every title in this perennial and ever more popular series represented with an extensive range of the regular release posters, stills, and other ephemera (most rare enough in their own right), this collection also offers a number of truly scarce “holy grails” of James Bond poster collecting. The Bond poster collection is estimated to bring in over $200,000. Highlights are below.
A Dr. No special advance silkscreen U.K. double-crown (20 x 30 in.) poster from 1962. This poster is arguably the very first James Bond/ 007 film poster to appear to the public. The poster is exceedingly rare, and without question a “holy grail” of film poster collecting. Very fine on linen, with only minimal routine retouching. It is expected to fetch $3,000 – $5,000.
From Russia With Love world-premiere advance U.K. quad (30 x 40 in.) poster from 1963. The poster is a special advance Leicester Square world-premiere quad poster. It is quite possibly the rarest of all theatrical-release James Bond posters, with very few originally printed for the premiere screenings, and less than a handful believed extant. The artwork is done by by Renato Fratini. It is expected to fetch $10,000 – $15,000.