Poster #4 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. portfolio project - MOONRAKER.
Happy space travel day, everyone! So many big things from the outer world today - 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight (incidentally, the Google Doodle is KILLING IT today!) and my personal fave … the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight. I’ve been saving this piece for just this day, since I’ve been obsessed with NASA my whole life and it seemed fitting to launch my own little space piece into the universe today. (Anyone who doubts my devotion obviously never visited my old studio, with one whole wall a mural of the moon landing) :)
So here it is … MOONRAKER. This film gets a lot of grief for being “silly”, but I only remember it as being incredibly cool. Drax is possibly the most underrated Bond villain of them all - so many great quotes, such an aloof demeanor. Plus, the reappearance of Jaws! I was so into Jaws as a kid … definitely my favorite of all the henchmen, although I still think Red Grant was damn sexy. (Weird now that I think about it that the actor who played Red was in the movie JAWS …) And speaking of NASA, it’s pretty funny in hindsight how optimistic they were with the technology of the space shuttle … launching from inside a bunker, a cargo-bay full of passengers who are basically just sitting around like airline travelers, etc. Which leads me to the main theme of the print … before I started this piece I knew exactly what I wanted it to be of - the space battle - as I LOVED that scene when this film came out. I can still remember how those lasers sounded. How wild their idea of an EVA was. (“Hey … let’s fly around untethered … no problem!”)
This design has sort of a visual theme of connectivity - I had a lot of fun making all those completely random Bond plot points tie together. But one thing I did NOT enjoy … drawing the space station. Seriously. I watched that part of the film 20 times and took screen grabs from every angle, yet still could barely understand how it was constructed. I think the final came out pretty good, despite that though (if I may say so myself). :) I also am letting myself get looser with the artistic licenses as each one goes on … making the figures less representative of the exact clothes, etc. in the films and more fun stuff just pulled from my brain. A good example is in the astronauts … I started with suits, etc. directly from the film, but it lacked playfulness so I went for a more silly spaceman look. I also experimented with making this more detailed than the series started, yet staying with the “rules” (colors, illustration style, etc.), and I’m going to post a larger version later in the week so you can see some of the details.
I’d love to hear in the comments what you think about the more detailed direction (as opposed to how simple & blocky GOLDFINGER was). Also, don’t forget you can request any posters you’d like to see soon. Until next time …
James Bond will return in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (the poster, that is) per Danny L’s request!
The master key for the whole work-in-progress project is here.
(This unofficial series is a portfolio exercise for tribute only, and is not for sale. Illustrations © Ridge Rooms. The original James Bond characters, books and film elements are owned and licensed variously by Ian Fleming Publications, Danjaq LLC, EON Productions, MGM and United Artists.)