We’ve been expecting you, Mr. Bond. The latest official SPECTRE poster was released on 3rd September, showing Daniel Craig in a pleasingly traditional James Bond tuxedo pose with gun across his chest.
The eye-catching new poster, which is the first teaser poster to be released since last March, appears to pay tribute to both the Sean Connery and Roger Moore Bond eras. It is clearly designed to tap into some iconic images from the world of the early big-screen 007 series, with Craig wearing a white tuxedo and red carnation, which is very reminiscent of the famous ‘Fort Knox’ publicity still of Sean Connery from Goldfinger (1964).
Connery, standing in front of a large pile of stacked gold bars, wore a white tuxedo with peaked lapels, with a red carnation and Walther PPK across his chest.
The new SPECTRE poster also has Craig in a white dinner jacket, with a peak lapel and ivory grosgain details, designed by Tom Ford. Craig’s Bond is also wearing a black silk grosgain diamond batwing bow tie.
As well as the nod to Goldfinger, the new poster also has a skull in the background design, hinting at the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ sequences that will come in the pre-credits to SPECTRE. This haunting image is perhaps reminiscent of Live and Let Die (1973) or, alternatively, the original dustjacket design by Richard Chopping for the Jonathan Cape first edition of the Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger. Either way, the new SPECTRE poster has had a great reaction from Bond fans everywhere.
In another treat, the official SPECTRE standee artwork was also released on the same day (3rd September). This is the standee artwork that will be on display in cinemas from the end of September, and features both Daniel in his tuxedo and Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann in evening dress.
Again, this piece of artwork has created enormous satisfaction from 007 aficionados across the globe.
Did You Know?
The cream or white-coloured take on the traditional black tuxedo was first popularised by party-going rich men in the 1930s, either on cruises in the tropics (where a white dinner jacket could help beat the hot temperatures) or in Casinos on the French Riviera (the kind of places that the young Ian Fleming became very familiar with).