For Your Eyes Only / B2 / artwork style / Japan

18.10.13

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Title
For Your Eyes Only
AKA
007 - Missão Ultra-Secreta (Portugal)
Year of Film
1981
Director
John Glen
Starring
Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennett, Michael Gothard, John Wyman, Jack Hedley, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn
Origin of Film
UK | USA
Genre(s) of Film
Action | James Bond
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
Artwork
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1981
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Hisamitsu Noguchi
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
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This is the artwork style B2 poster for the Japanese release of one of Roger Moore’s better outings as 007, For Your Eyes Only, which was intended to bring the legendary spy back down to earth with a more realistic and less sensational storyline following the lunacy of Moonraker. It marked the first time John Glen would helm a Bond film, having worked as an editor and second-unit director on three of the previous outings, and he would go on to direct the next four films in the series. The story sees the spy being sent to try and recover an ‘ATAC’ device capable of controlling the British Polaris submarine fleet, which is lost after a spy ship disguised as a trawler is sunk in neutral waters.

It becomes clear that the Soviets are also keen to get their hands on the device and Bond must discover who is aiding them, with suspicion falling on both Milos Columbo (Topol) and Aris Kristatos (Julian Glover). Bond also finds an ally in the form of Melina Havelock (the gorgeous Carole Bouquet) who is out for revenge after her parents are murdered by the same forces who retrieve the ATAC device. The film features several memorable chases and action sequences, including a climactic assault on a fortress on top of a sheer cliff. It also includes the infamous character of Bibi Dahl (Lynn-Holly Johnson) a gorgeous young ice-skating protégée who becomes infatuated with Bond, and in turn became the object of countless teenage boys’ fantasies, including yours truly.

The artwork on this poster is unique to Japan and was painted by the artist Hisamitsu Noguchi who painted hundreds of movie posters during his career, as is evidenced by the availability of this Japanese book containing images of his work. Most of Noguchi’s posters were printed from the 1930s to the 1970s and were painted to advertise European films to Japanese audiences. One of his most famous posters was for Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and it can be seen by clicking here. Not much information about Noguchi is available in English online so if you have any more details about the artist please get in touch.

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