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Paddle8 to Offer Two Original Poster Artworks for the 1965 Release of Thunderball

“Look Up” and “Look Down” by Frank McCarthy to be Sold in Paddle8’s First Film Posters Auction.

Celebrating the release of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, and the 50th anniversary of Thunderball,Paddle8 is thrilled to offer two original poster artworks by Frank McCarthy for the 1965 release of Thunderball, one of the most celebrated films in the Bond Series. Designed for the “Look Up” and “Look Down” panels of the UK and US poster campaign, which exclaimed "Look Up! Look Down! Look Out! Here Comes The Biggest Bond Of All!”, the paintings lead Paddle8’s first Film Posters auction, each with an estimate of $40,000-60,000. “Look Up” and “Look Down,” will be available for bidding from November 11-24 at paddle8.com/filmposters, alongside a curated selection of 69 vintage movie posters, including Bond classics from Dr. No to The Spy Who Loved Me.

Thunderball was unleashed on the world 50 years ago with an explosive marketing campaign led by a series of now classic film posters by American artists Frank McCarthy and Robert McGinnis. No expense was spared in making it unmistakably clear that the new film was a blockbuster, including hiring two top artists to create the fantastical designs. McGinnis was enlisted for his skill in depicting beautiful women, as seen in the third design, “Look Out,” and McCarthy was hired for his ability to produce energetic, larger-than- life action scenes, which is abundantly evident in the present lots.

The three artworks were used across the UK/US campaign in varying sizes, with the two McCarthy illustrations supersized for the US Subway and Billboard editions. Unusually, the international campaigns frequently reuse the McCarthy/McGinnis artwork rather than reimagining the design, attesting to the worldwide appeal of the imagery, now regarded as some of the most iconic in the history of cinema. The film immediately became a huge box office success worldwide and remained the most financially successful Bond film until Skyfall in 2012.

After Thunderball, the original Frank McCarthy artworks hung in the boardroom at Pinewood Studios until they were purchased by the present owner at a Pinewood Studios Open Day for the Cinema Trade Benevolent Fund on 14th August 1977. 

For additional information or images, please contact Sarah Goulet, sarah@paddle8.com

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