This year is the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movies and the occasion is being marked in a variety of ways. There’s a 50th anniversary Blu-ray set, 50th anniversary watches – and Royal Mail is releasing a set of James Bond stamps based on some of the iconic movie posters.
But with 22 films to choose from, and only ten first class stamps in the set, Royal Mail needed help whittling them down – and their online poll has rated the poster for Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s first outing as 007, the most popular, with just over seven per cent of the vote.
The iconic 60s stylings of Sean Connery’s From Russia with Love and the first official Bond movie, Dr No, are in second and third place, followed by Roger Moore’s tongue-in-cheek Bond – appropriately pictured between a pair of splayed female legs – on the For Your Eyes Only promo and the unmistakably 90s feel of Goldeneye, starring Pierce Brosnan, in fifth.
Goldfinger, The Living Daylights, Live and Let Die, Moonraker and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service complete the set of ten commemorative stamps due for release on 1 May.
But while the suave-but-tough Casino Royale poster was voted the best, the promo for its follow-up, Quantum of Solace, is in last place. Why?
Is it too similar? It features more purposeful striding from Craig on the right-hand side of an otherwise plain poster (probably an attempt to create some strong new branding for a strong new Bond).
Is it too brown? While the Casino Royale poster was a steely grey, Quantum of Solace is a sandy beige colour. One says kick-ass cool, another says sepia-tinged period drama, or a day at the beach.
Is the Bond girl too prominent? In Casino Royale, a faceless female silhouette stands behind Bond. In Quantum of Solace, he is accompanied by Bond girl Camille (Olga Kurylenko). Do fans feel today’s 007 needs to be the most prominent figure on the page to retain that loner cool? Are they threatened by powerful women…?
Or is it just that Casino Royale is a great film and Quantum of Solace is a bit rubbish?
Which is your favourite of the ten posters to be featured in Royal Mail’s commemorative set? Vote below and let us know.
The individually numbered, limited edition Commemorative Sheet celebrating 50 years of James Bond will be launched by Royal Mail on 1 May 2012.