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. 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. In the same way that the first film established many of the themes and visual aspects that came to be associated with the James Bond series, the first film posters set a template for the visual representation of Bond that has seen little deviation over the past 60 years. While the US and UK posters utilised illustration to introduce the suave gentleman, flanked by four glamorous beauties in various states of undress, this scarce poster for the first Japanese release in 1963 featured an action-packed montage of scenes from the film.
Very Good (B+) to Excellent (A-)
Not backed. Undulation to paper from being very softly and lightly tri-folded with a stack of other posters at one time. Minor edge wear. A handful of small brownish stains to lower edge, predominantly hidden within Bond's grey suit, and one to Andress' thigh. Minor discolouration spots along top of right edge. Image and colours otherwise excellent.