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#6 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. portfolio project — DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.
So in keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to post unreleased stuff from my archives, here from the spring of 2011(!!!???) is another design from my Bond project.  ‘Twas so weird to pull out these pieces again … seems like a lifetime and many illo styles ago!
As usual, this is a portfolio exercise only and not for sale. All James Bond elements property of the various copyright holders.

#6 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. portfolio project — DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

So in keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to post unreleased stuff from my archives, here from the spring of 2011(!!!???) is another design from my Bond project.  ‘Twas so weird to pull out these pieces again … seems like a lifetime and many illo styles ago!

As usual, this is a portfolio exercise only and not for sale. All James Bond elements property of the various copyright holders.

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JUST A QUICK THANKS AND GOODBYE TO 2013!
Thanks to all of my new followers this year and everyone who picked up my prints. This was a very busy and transitional year for me in many ways, so I didn’t get to release as much work as I’d hoped … but the upside is I have tons of folders bursting at the seams with fun stuff waiting for their day in the spotlight — hopefully in this upcoming year! Another good thing about this year is that I’ve finally settled on a style that seems to connect with poster fans, but is also quite a joy to create. Actually, I would say that was my favorite thing about this year. :)So what’s ahead for 2014?? I’ll be starting a series of original one-off pop-culture pieces (in my same cartoony style, but hand-drawn) — which will allow me to do more obscure faves that I don’t need to find 50+ customers for and will be able to release more often as I won’t be limited by when I can afford a whole upfront screen print run. (My biggest obstacle.) And as for my prints … they are going to start being much more detailed as with each one I’m trying to pack in more and more references, visual jokes, etc. I’ll be continuing my glow-in-the-dark “Spoilers” series, but also launching two new stylized series which I’ll alternate between all year. (And yes, for my new followers that came here from Tumblr Radar … our pal Spock will be kicking off one of those series.) And last, but not least … I vow to return to my James Bond series … I’d lost my taste for them for a while as the whole internet of designers jumped on the Bond bandwagon after the excellent SKYFALL, but he’s been back on my mind again, so hopefully back on your feeds soon, as well.Oh, and thanks to everyone who participated in my quick little sale … orders are shipped and according to the tracking info, are already out for delivery today. (Yay, post office!)Have a great New Years, everyone! I’ll be back right after the holiday with something new for sale and a preview of my print for next week’s Fairy Tales show at Gallery 1988.ridge. xxxx

JUST A QUICK THANKS AND GOODBYE TO 2013!

Thanks to all of my new followers this year and everyone who picked up my prints. This was a very busy and transitional year for me in many ways, so I didn’t get to release as much work as I’d hoped … but the upside is I have tons of folders bursting at the seams with fun stuff waiting for their day in the spotlight — hopefully in this upcoming year! Another good thing about this year is that I’ve finally settled on a style that seems to connect with poster fans, but is also quite a joy to create. Actually, I would say that was my favorite thing about this year. :)

So what’s ahead for 2014?? I’ll be starting a series of original one-off pop-culture pieces (in my same cartoony style, but hand-drawn) — which will allow me to do more obscure faves that I don’t need to find 50+ customers for and will be able to release more often as I won’t be limited by when I can afford a whole upfront screen print run. (My biggest obstacle.) And as for my prints … they are going to start being much more detailed as with each one I’m trying to pack in more and more references, visual jokes, etc. I’ll be continuing my glow-in-the-dark “Spoilers” series, but also launching two new stylized series which I’ll alternate between all year. (And yes, for my new followers that came here from Tumblr Radar … our pal Spock will be kicking off one of those series.) And last, but not least … I vow to return to my James Bond series … I’d lost my taste for them for a while as the whole internet of designers jumped on the Bond bandwagon after the excellent SKYFALL, but he’s been back on my mind again, so hopefully back on your feeds soon, as well.

Oh, and thanks to everyone who participated in my quick little sale … orders are shipped and according to the tracking info, are already out for delivery today. (Yay, post office!)

Have a great New Years, everyone! I’ll be back right after the holiday with something new for sale and a preview of my print for next week’s Fairy Tales show at Gallery 1988.

ridge. xxxx

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LIVE AND LET DIE - poster #5 from my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. series (this one per Sam’s request)
Again … another truly odd Bond film. Don’t get me wrong … one of my favorite things about the 007 series is the epic meandering of the plots/locations/characters … each movie is like 5 films in one! But this one is too ridiculous. (Not quite DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER let’s-make-the-story-up-as-we-go-along ridiculous, but still …) It’s a funky ’70s New York blaxploitation film, then a bit of SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, and then an episode (and not even a good one) of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD. When Bond jumps Sheriff Pepper (incidentally, both Boss Hogg and Rosco P. Coltrane in one) over land in his speedboat, I half expect the frame to freeze and Waylon Jennings to pipe in with some folksy comment about those ol’ Duke boys being at it again.
As for the villains … pretty dull this time around, although Whisper is pretty funny, and Baron Samedi (played by Geoffrey Holder) starts out fairly menacing until he lets out that laugh and then I’m just waiting for the 7-up logo to appear. Jane Seymour as Bond’s main conquest is as sexy as ever, but her virginal Solitaire couldn’t have less personality were she one of Samedi’s uncolas undead. And Dr. Kananga’s demise …???? Come on, that’s more suitable for an Austin Powers villain, not a real Bond one. (Speaking of … SPOILER ALERT: what is the freakin’ obsession in these films with dunking people in shark tanks??)
Incidentally, this seems like as good a time as any to send out a hearty shout-out to the incredible badasses that are the Bond stunt people. For every parachuted ski jump off a cliff or 360º airborne twist across a muddy river in an AMC Hornet, there’s somebody out there who actually had to do that. (Thankfully, they were generally rewarded with a mega-bonus after each stunt was completed.) In this particular film, the insane alligator-dash was done by the owner of the gator farm himself, who the film’s chief villain Kananga was named after.
But the biggest star of this film of course is THE GREATEST THEME SONG IN ALL THE SERIES … Paul (and Linda) McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”. Dang it, that’s a great song, and is pretty much the level of awesomeness at which all other Bond themes have to beat. However, the sections of George Martin’s Schifrinesque score that refer to the main theme end up a little cheesily sounding like the pit orchestra at an awards show: "Now, please welcome the stars of LIVE AND LET DIE …"
James Bond will return in … oh, I don’t know, I lost track. I think CASINO ROYALE is the next request. :)
As usual, this is a portfolio exercise only and not for sale. All James Bond elements property of the various copyright holders.

LIVE AND LET DIE - poster #5 from my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. series (this one per Sam’s request)

Again … another truly odd Bond film. Don’t get me wrong … one of my favorite things about the 007 series is the epic meandering of the plots/locations/characters … each movie is like 5 films in one! But this one is too ridiculous. (Not quite DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER let’s-make-the-story-up-as-we-go-along ridiculous, but still …) It’s a funky ’70s New York blaxploitation film, then a bit of SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, and then an episode (and not even a good one) of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD. When Bond jumps Sheriff Pepper (incidentally, both Boss Hogg and Rosco P. Coltrane in one) over land in his speedboat, I half expect the frame to freeze and Waylon Jennings to pipe in with some folksy comment about those ol’ Duke boys being at it again.

As for the villains … pretty dull this time around, although Whisper is pretty funny, and Baron Samedi (played by Geoffrey Holder) starts out fairly menacing until he lets out that laugh and then I’m just waiting for the 7-up logo to appear. Jane Seymour as Bond’s main conquest is as sexy as ever, but her virginal Solitaire couldn’t have less personality were she one of Samedi’s uncolas undead. And Dr. Kananga’s demise …???? Come on, that’s more suitable for an Austin Powers villain, not a real Bond one. (Speaking of … SPOILER ALERT: what is the freakin’ obsession in these films with dunking people in shark tanks??)

Incidentally, this seems like as good a time as any to send out a hearty shout-out to the incredible badasses that are the Bond stunt people. For every parachuted ski jump off a cliff or 360º airborne twist across a muddy river in an AMC Hornet, there’s somebody out there who actually had to do that. (Thankfully, they were generally rewarded with a mega-bonus after each stunt was completed.) In this particular film, the insane alligator-dash was done by the owner of the gator farm himself, who the film’s chief villain Kananga was named after.

But the biggest star of this film of course is THE GREATEST THEME SONG IN ALL THE SERIES … Paul (and Linda) McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”. Dang it, that’s a great song, and is pretty much the level of awesomeness at which all other Bond themes have to beat. However, the sections of George Martin’s Schifrinesque score that refer to the main theme end up a little cheesily sounding like the pit orchestra at an awards show: "Now, please welcome the stars of LIVE AND LET DIE …"

James Bond will return in … oh, I don’t know, I lost track. I think CASINO ROYALE is the next request. :)

As usual, this is a portfolio exercise only and not for sale. All James Bond elements property of the various copyright holders.

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LIVE AND LET DOODLE
Haven’t done a teaser in a while, but I’ve been completely slammed the last couple of weeks (which is nice for August … it’s usually dead, kinda like the poor fella up above), so I thought I’d drop one for the Bond guys who (patiently) check in with me every week.
New 007 print (#5!) very near on the horizon …

LIVE AND LET DOODLE

Haven’t done a teaser in a while, but I’ve been completely slammed the last couple of weeks (which is nice for August … it’s usually dead, kinda like the poor fella up above), so I thought I’d drop one for the Bond guys who (patiently) check in with me every week.

New 007 print (#5!) very near on the horizon …

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ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET HOLIDAY ROMANCE!
A tiny side project while working on the OHMSS edition of my big James Bond redesign series. This is in a different illustration style, but you’ll see from the actual OHMSS quote poster that this very much coordinates. Although not the same flat simplified drawing style, I followed some of the same rules. For example everything - shadows, highlights, etc. - were all achieved still using the four-color (gold, purple, green, white) palette. Also, this one gave me the opportunity to use an alternate quote (“Merry Christmas, 007”) that I was debating over for the main poster.
I was thinking about what an odd little Bond film this is. Besides being the only George Lazenby outing (bummer), it’s so much deeper. Much more like the books. It’s a complicated romance with a suicidal woman! It takes place at Christmas! But with a horribly tragic ending! I wasn’t born yet when this came out, but I imagine movie-goers everywhere were left sitting in their seats when the house lights came up with a giant WTF?? on their faces. So I thought of making a poster that makes it seem like a different kind of film. (Kind of like this movie trailer I love.) So this is my James Bond holiday romance poster … with a sinister touch. Also, the woman holding the gift is sort of a representation of the girls at Blofeld’s allergy clinic (hence the medic alert bracelet and the poison package) as well as Tracy in her awesome little skating outfit. And the plaid is a nod to the excellent scenes with Bond in a kilt. (More, please.)
This also marks the first one of these that I drew entirely in Illustrator … without sketching out on paper first.
Should I make this a series? (Of Bond films or otherwise?) 
As per usual, this is an homage only and not for sale.

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET HOLIDAY ROMANCE!

A tiny side project while working on the OHMSS edition of my big James Bond redesign series. This is in a different illustration style, but you’ll see from the actual OHMSS quote poster that this very much coordinates. Although not the same flat simplified drawing style, I followed some of the same rules. For example everything - shadows, highlights, etc. - were all achieved still using the four-color (gold, purple, green, white) palette. Also, this one gave me the opportunity to use an alternate quote (“Merry Christmas, 007”) that I was debating over for the main poster.

I was thinking about what an odd little Bond film this is. Besides being the only George Lazenby outing (bummer), it’s so much deeper. Much more like the books. It’s a complicated romance with a suicidal woman! It takes place at Christmas! But with a horribly tragic ending! I wasn’t born yet when this came out, but I imagine movie-goers everywhere were left sitting in their seats when the house lights came up with a giant WTF?? on their faces. So I thought of making a poster that makes it seem like a different kind of film. (Kind of like this movie trailer I love.) So this is my James Bond holiday romance poster … with a sinister touch. Also, the woman holding the gift is sort of a representation of the girls at Blofeld’s allergy clinic (hence the medic alert bracelet and the poison package) as well as Tracy in her awesome little skating outfit. And the plaid is a nod to the excellent scenes with Bond in a kilt. (More, please.)

This also marks the first one of these that I drew entirely in Illustrator … without sketching out on paper first.

Should I make this a series? (Of Bond films or otherwise?) 

As per usual, this is an homage only and not for sale.

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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.)

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.)

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MOONRAKER Teaser
Been trying to finish two Bond posters at once - one in the original film series - and a one-off design for a friend who’s been going through a rough time and is in need of cheering up. With the other stuff that I’m working on, though, they’ve both been hovering at 97% finished. Ugh. (It doesn’t help that I’ve made the layout for MOONRAKER so damn complicated.)
Anyway, MOONRAKER is the poster I’d planned on showing a making-of post of how I come up with what goes in it and how it’s finished, so I gathered some images for that. Stay tuned for that. Hopefully I can post at least the final MOONRAKER print before the week is up, but in the meantime I thought it would be funny to show a teaser sketch from it, as this couldn’t possibly represent James Bond imagery any less. If you’re familiar with the film, you’ll most likely get it, but I doubt anyone stumbling across this sketch will say, “Hey! Some James Bond art!” :)

MOONRAKER Teaser

Been trying to finish two Bond posters at once - one in the original film series - and a one-off design for a friend who’s been going through a rough time and is in need of cheering up. With the other stuff that I’m working on, though, they’ve both been hovering at 97% finished. Ugh. (It doesn’t help that I’ve made the layout for MOONRAKER so damn complicated.)

Anyway, MOONRAKER is the poster I’d planned on showing a making-of post of how I come up with what goes in it and how it’s finished, so I gathered some images for that. Stay tuned for that. Hopefully I can post at least the final MOONRAKER print before the week is up, but in the meantime I thought it would be funny to show a teaser sketch from it, as this couldn’t possibly represent James Bond imagery any less. If you’re familiar with the film, you’ll most likely get it, but I doubt anyone stumbling across this sketch will say, “Hey! Some James Bond art!” :)

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Poster #3 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. portfolio project – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. This one is out now at the suggestion of Jeff who was the first person to note which one I should finish next. (Feel free to make your own requests in the comments field that I added.) This is one of the more surreal pieces of the pack … I think I was watching too much of the classic Avengers while working on it. :)
James Bond will return in MOONRAKER (the poster, that is) per Karen’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.)

Poster #3 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. portfolio project – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. This one is out now at the suggestion of Jeff who was the first person to note which one I should finish next. (Feel free to make your own requests in the comments field that I added.) This is one of the more surreal pieces of the pack … I think I was watching too much of the classic Avengers while working on it. :)

James Bond will return in MOONRAKER (the poster, that is) per Karen’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.)

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Poster #2 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. project … it’s THUNDERBALLLLLLL!!! (Imagine that was just sung by Tom Jones.)
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.)

Poster #2 in my BOND. REDESIGNED BOND. project … it’s THUNDERBALLLLLLL!!! (Imagine that was just sung by Tom Jones.)

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.)

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I am a GIANT James Bond fan … have been since I was a kid. So much so that all my friends call me “Bond Girl” and I got a 007 tattoo as soon as I was old enough. I grew up wanting to have something to do with a Bond film and even went to film school, but ended up going down another career path. I had been talking to friends recently about finally doing a Bond illustration project, when the excellent composer John Barry passed away suddenly last week. Therefore I decided to do something in his honor, since his early Bond scores have factored into many a late-night drawing marathons and have inspired me creatively over the years.
I love when people redesign classic movie posters, so I’ve fashioned a few Bond posters in my own design style, with nods to the collage-style of the original posters as well as the excellent silhouetted opening title sequences for most of the films. I tried to steer clear of most of the Bond clichés - the gun barrel, the logo, the martinis, the Walther PPK, etc. - although I did of course throw a girl into each one. They are all three-color, with the gold color repeating in each one. Also, the same fonts are used for the block quote type. I love designing for negative space, so a large chunk of the design is left open on each one.
Although ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is my favorite Bond film, I started the poster series with GOLDFINGER, since it’s one of the best Barry scores. (If you don’t think so, try watching the iconic laser-beam sequence with the sound off!) I’ve sketched out about 5 more, and will finish the rest of the films as my schedule permits. Although Barry didn’t score the later films, I plan to continue on and do all 22(!!)
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.)

I am a GIANT James Bond fan … have been since I was a kid. So much so that all my friends call me “Bond Girl” and I got a 007 tattoo as soon as I was old enough. I grew up wanting to have something to do with a Bond film and even went to film school, but ended up going down another career path. I had been talking to friends recently about finally doing a Bond illustration project, when the excellent composer John Barry passed away suddenly last week. Therefore I decided to do something in his honor, since his early Bond scores have factored into many a late-night drawing marathons and have inspired me creatively over the years.

I love when people redesign classic movie posters, so I’ve fashioned a few Bond posters in my own design style, with nods to the collage-style of the original posters as well as the excellent silhouetted opening title sequences for most of the films. I tried to steer clear of most of the Bond clichés - the gun barrel, the logo, the martinis, the Walther PPK, etc. - although I did of course throw a girl into each one. They are all three-color, with the gold color repeating in each one. Also, the same fonts are used for the block quote type. I love designing for negative space, so a large chunk of the design is left open on each one.

Although ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is my favorite Bond film, I started the poster series with GOLDFINGER, since it’s one of the best Barry scores. (If you don’t think so, try watching the iconic laser-beam sequence with the sound off!) I’ve sketched out about 5 more, and will finish the rest of the films as my schedule permits. Although Barry didn’t score the later films, I plan to continue on and do all 22(!!)

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.)

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