A cavalcade of boxing posters, from the MovieGoods website.
May sees the launch of King of the Outback, the sixth book in the popular Fightcard series – and my literary debut (writing as Jack Tunney). Accordingly, in a month long celebration, Permission to Kill will be looking back and some of the highlights – and lowlights – of boxing in film and literature – and in music too.
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Here’s another amazing poster [click on image for a larger version] from the Chisholm Larssen Gallery. This is an Egyptian poster for a spy film — possibly from a Lebanese film called Secret Spy 33. I have done a quick search on IMDb but cannot confirm the film or its title. But none-the-less, even if it is actually from another film, the imagery encompasses all that’s good in spy films – debonair heroes who are crack shots, evil villains clad in black, and scantily clad damsels in distress. If I had to guess a date for this, I would suggest 1964/65 — post Goldfinger, simply based on the pose of the girl in the foreground. She seems to mimic Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger.
Original Title: Godefinger ou certaines chattes aiment le mou
Starring: Dora Doll, Claude Melki, Claudine Beccarie, Magda Mondari,
Director: Jean-Pierre Fougea (Bob Logan)
Country of Poster: French
Country of Film: French
Year of Poster: 1975
I actually don’t think this is a spy film, more of a smutty detective comedy, but clearly the title (and the imagery) is playing on Goldfinger and other spy films.
More vintage posters can be found at Chisholm Larssen Gallery.
Release Year: 1986
Country: United States
Here’s another poster I found [click on image for larger view]. Once again, it’s another film I know nothing about. Consider these recent poster images as a visual ‘things to do’ list. Having said that, simply because I have put the poster up on my blog is not an endorsement of the film. In fact on IMDb, Agent on Ice rates 3.6 out of 10 – so it is probably a turkey.
But I like the spy imagery – a man on the run in a trenchcoat – and a bloody big gun. The gun seems more befitting for Dirty Harry than a spy, but it still is a striking image.
Original Title: Maiorui si moartea
Release Year: 1967
Director: Alexandru Boiangu
Here’s a another striking spy poster for the Romanian spy thriller Maiorui si moartea (The Major and Death) click on image for larger view. Of course, I have never seen the film, and can find out little about it beyond in director and cast. The imagery used would suggest that it is a Romanian take on James Bond – the gun barrel motif is quite blatant – but that could be deceptive marketing too.
See the original (and many other great spy posters) at Terry Posters.
Below is the Film für Sie Nr.96/68 program from the Virtual History Film site – click on image for larger view.
The director, Alexandru Boiangu appeared to specialise in documentary and short film subjects, so I would guess that the film is a rather sparse affair – but none-the-less, it would be fascinating to watch this spy thriller from the other side of the Iron Curtain made at the peak of the Cold War.
Teheran 43 (1981)
Also Known as: Assassination Attempt and The Eliminator
Don’t know too much about this one. I found this poster while scouring the net, and I liked the Dali-esque touches [click on image for larger view]. It was a Russian film, but it received a substantial international release (apparently it was released on video in Australia as The Eliminator). The stars were Curt Jurgens, Alain Delon and Evelyne Kraft (who I always remember as the scantily clad jungle girl in Mighty Peking Man (AKA: Goliathon).
The plot concerns a plan by the Nazis to assassinate Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.