Dr No Thunderball

Artist: Renato Fratini
Format: UK Quad (30"x 40")
Condition: Excellent
Year: 1969


Perhaps one of the perfect examples of a double-bill Quad cinema poster is this for two classic Sean Connery outings as James Bond, 1962’s “Dr. No” and 1965’s “Thunderball”. Released in the late 1960's to early 1970’s, the poster incorporates much of the artwork that was used in the two film’s general release Quad posters, (see “Dr No” below courtesy of www.moviepostermem.com).  Most specifically the illustrations of the women and the font type are near exact copies. The central imagery of Bond meanwhile, though here in black-and-white, is the same image as that used in the Quad for 1963’s “From Russia With Love” (artwork by Fratini and image from the Fiskens collection). A hybrid of three Bond posters that certainly works well and complements the iconic status of the character.


Concerning the somewhat limited use of colour in the design, double-bill posters were usually printed on lower budgets than the corresponding 1st release posters. This meant that often either colour schemes or the design itself had to be pared down to accommodate a more restricted budget, hence the use of mainly red and yellow here. Despite this it is fair to say that whilst not as vivid or detailed as the general release Quads, the double-bill still offers an eye-catching design, complete with all that you want from a Bond poster: girls, guns and the man himself.


As most of the 1960’s Connery Bond posters now sell for thousands, double-bill’s like this are much less costly alternatives. Furthermore, as the Bond market in film posters has flourished so spectacularly over the past ten years, the Bond double-bills are similarly increasing in value and collectability. It is also worth noting that Bond double-bills, such as this, are scarce given the relatively low print runs that they were given. Couple these qualities together and Bond double-bills are highly worthwhile additions to any collection.


This poster has been linen-backed.