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A Cache of Vintage James Bond Movie Art

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The unexplained aroma of Lillet and gunpowder seems to have perfumed the autumn air this week. Odd.

Oh, but of course. That could only mean one thing—the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, comes out at any moment.

So what better way to look back at the 23 other films than by way of vintage James Bond posters? So let’s just do that...

First up, you have James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters. It has just been published in paperback with updated Skyfall and Spectre poster art, as well as unused concept artwork, unique teasers, lobby cards and other memorabilia from earlier 007 outings. Also worth checking out: Bond by Design: The Art of the James Bond Films. But these are for the... let’s say, the more casual fan—someone ready to drop $30 to $50 on a good, solid coffee-table item.

Now, for the more obsessive: head over to the Christie’s London online-only film posters auction going on until November 10. It features 80 years of film history in poster form. But there’s a special emphasis on Bond—15 posters, including a French-language On Her Majesty’s Secret Service poster.

To help you understand what collectors look for when they drop a few thousand quid on these collectibles, Christie’s also offers a great online primer, “Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Vintage James Bond Film Posters (and Possibly a Good Deal More).” Consider it your personal dossier for James Bond poster collecting.

Though... it’s totally not top secret or anything.

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