Based on Ian Fleming's novel of the same name, the 1962 release of Dr. No first introduced the world to one of the most enduring characters in Western cinema and kicked off one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Sean Connery as suave British spy James Bond travels to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow agent, where he battles a megalomaniac scientist bent on disrupting the US space programme. Designed for a 1972 re-release, this scarce Japanese STB poster pictures a close-up Connery front and centre with his trademark Walther PPK, above a bikini-clad Ursula Andress as the quintessential Bond girl Honey Ryder. The musical notes to Monty Norman's James Bond Theme float behind, serving as a superb background to the action-packed montage.
The tall and slender Japanese 'STB' or 'Tatekan' poster format was printed on two standard Japanese B2 poster sheets, designed to overlap to form an awesome 58 x 20 inches for display in cinema standing boards, door panels and ticket booths. Printed in far smaller quantities than the regular B2 posters and discontinued in the mid-1970s, surviving STB posters are rare and sought after by collectors, particularly for the most beloved and iconic movie titles.
Printed on two unfolded sheets, conservation backed on linen with no restoration. Backing has smoothed the overlap between the two sheets. Very slight darkening to edges. Image and colours excellent.