The name is Kennedy. Graham Kennedy.
Over the years, James Bond has appeared in various artworks around the world. In the 1990’s, Jeffery Marshall created some amazing pieces from Dr. No (1962) to Licence to Kill (1989). These were officially licensed and produced by Daleon Enterprises in America. American artist Jeff Marshall was commissioned to paint each one, with print runs limited to between 300 and 1500 worldwide.
Graham Kennedy have been a professional illustrator for 20 years, working mainly in publishing. He has a big passion for movie poster art, particularly from the 1960's, 1970's, and the 1980's. He laments the fact that illustration has been dropped in favour of Photoshop images when it comes to creating artwork for movie posters.
The great Drew Struzan, perhaps the greatest exponent of movie poster illustration ever, has been a huge influence and inspiration for Graham.
From Sweden with Love is happy to feature some of Graham's James Bond artworks. On the right hand side you can see some samples of his works. From top to bottom:
1) Artwork based on On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) featuring George Lazenby, Telly Savalas, Diana Rigg, Ilse Steppat, Angela Scoular and Gabriele Ferzetti.
(German collector Thomas Nixdorf now owns this art. He reckons it's the best 'George Lazenby' ever!)
2) Artwork based on Goldfinger (1964) featuring Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata and Gert Fröbe.
3) Artwork for book cover based on Goldfinger (1964).
4) The latest artwork based on Thunderball (1965) featuring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Martine Beswicke and Luciana Paluzzi.
(Nixdorf, who commissioned these artworks, had the idea to make it 'racier' than the usual Bond image. Hence the girls' exceptionally skimpy costumes, or lack of them!)
5) Type 2 of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), the art how it could be used as a book cover design.
All images © 2012 Graham Kennedy.
Graham is available for commissions for Bond and all types of artwork. Email GKillus(a)aol.com to make enquiries.
Prints of the Bond art you see here are also available to purchase.
Thomas Nixdorf's amazing collection will be displayed at the German Plakat Museum in Museum Folkwan from November 10, 2012 until January 13, 2013. For more information, click here.
This article was written by Anders Frejdh. © 2012 From Sweden with Love.