Monthly Archives: September 2011

Style: Bond Girls – The Connery Years

For awhile there it was big news who would be the next “Bond Girl”. It was a plum roll for any actress, as long as you were young, curvey and didn’t mind having a silly name. Now, it’s not so much being a “Bond Girl” but simply being in the new Bond movie. Who can name the last 3 Bond women or anyone from the Timothy Dalton Bond years? Not Me. Here are the first 7.

Dr. No 1962 – Ursula Andress as Honeychile ‘Honey’ Ryder. Ursula was 26 at the time and fresh of the boat from Switzerland. This was her first movie. Ursula still continues to act and looks damn good at 75.

Dr. No - Honey Rider

Dr. No - Honey Rider

From Russia With Love, 1963 – Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanov. Daniela was Miss Rome of 1960 and runner-up in The Miss World Competition. She was 21 and spoke such bad english that all her lines had to be dubbed. She starred in 15 films and quit acting altogether in 1968.

From Russia with Love - Tatiana Romanova

From Russia with Love - Tatiana Romanova

Goldfinger, 1964 – Honor Blackmanas Pussy Galore. The oldest and most established actress in the Bond films to date, Honor Blackman was 37 when she starred in Goldfinger. Honor had appeared in wide range of films starting in the 40’s. She also played the first lead in British TV series The Avengers before being giving up the roll to Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel.

Gold Finger - Pussy Galore

Gold Finger - Pussy Galore

Thunderball, 1965 – Claudine Auger as Domino. The former Miss France, 1958, Claudine played the naive Domino. She had previously starred in a number of French and Italian productions and was last seen on French TV in 1995.

Thunderball - Domino

Thunderball - Domino

You Only Live Twice, 1967 – Mie Hama as Kissy. Mie has starred in tons of early Japanes Sci-Fi movies including such classics as King Kong VS Godzilla and King Kong Escapes. She was considered one of Japans biggest stars in the 60’s and has continued to act – mostly on TV.

You Only Live Twice - Kissy

You Only Live Twice, 1967 – Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki. Another of Japans’ biggest and most beautiful stars of the 60’s Akiko stopped acting in 1970

You Only Live Twice - Aki

Diamonds Are Forever, 1971 – Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole. You knew the series was running out of steam when they named a character Plenty O’Toole but as you can see there was plenty of Lana Wood. Jill St. John was the lead in Diamonds Are Forever, but there was something about her I didn’t like. Lana played a much smaller but more memorable roll as Plenty O’Toole, the woman who beds James Bond and is promptly throw out of a hotel window. Sister of the the more famous Natalie Wood, Lana has had a long career, from The Searchers in 1956 w/ John Wayne, to tons of TV and most recently Holly, Jingles and Cylde 3D (?)as Mrs Santa Claus.

Diamonds Are Forever - Plenty O'Toole

Art: Elvis Presley

Andy Warhol

They say Elvis Presley has the most recognizable face in the world (Michael Jackson being 2nd and Jesus being 3rd). Many artists both good and bad, talented and total crap have decided to immortalize the King in paint, pencil, mixed media, chalk, tattoo, etc. on canvas, board, black velvet, cement and skin. The above Warhol being one of the most famous (and pricey) but we can’t forget the velvet versions or the total obsessed wack jobs. Many are very cool – the Jon Langford and Dubossarsky & Vinogradov are personal favorites. Many are just odd. All though, love The King of Rock and Roll (some jus a little more then others).

Ralph Wolfe Cowan

Dubossarsky & Vinogradov

Jon Langford

Black Velvet Elvis - Artist Unknown

Great piece - can't find the artist's name

Loxi Sibley

Artist Unknown

Rena F. LaCaria

Design: Ghana Movie Posters Part 2

The Matrix

I’ve posted some of these before – they’re beautiful examples of a combination of mixed up folk art and media promotion gone haywire. Here’s the story – in Ghana there are no copyright laws so they take bootleg copies of whatever they consider popular movies on tour and show them in outdoor theaters or any place w/ a big enough wall. These are the handpainted canvas’s that travel along with the films. The perspective is usually wrong, the actors are unrecognizable and the painting more then naive – you could go on and on about the flaws but why bother – they are absolutely perfect as they are.

Jason Vs. Freddy

Deep Rising

Cat Woman

Leprechaun

The Mummy

Sleepy Hallow

Ewoks: The Battle of Endor

Eight Legged Freaks

Photography: Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand (14 January 1928 – 19 March 1984)

Garry Winogrand was a New York based photographer and a contemporary of Dianne Arbus, Danny Lyon, Duane Michals and Lee Friedlander. Relitively raw unposed black and white work, he focused on the everyday life in New York in the 60’s as well as rich and famous – making them look less then perfect. The included photo of Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch (1955) is possibly his most recognizable yet completly untypical to the larger body of work.

 

Style: Japanese Rock

These bands ain’t your pretty boy J-Pop stars. No sir. This is American garage rock sung in phonetic English and smatterings of Japanese. Their look and style is taken from American rock-a-billy and English punk with their own purely Japanese twist on things.

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant – Formed in 1991 in Tokyo and disbanded in 2003. They adopted their unusual name when they mispronounced the name of a major influence – English punk band The Damned’s LP Machine Gun Etiquette. The band didn’t release an LP outside of Japan until 2000’s Gear Blues – to no real success. But goddamnit they look cool

Guitar Wolf – Power trio formed in Nagasaki in 1987. Blending fast punk/garage rock with heavy feedback, rock-a-billy and Ramones style singing Guitar Wolf is arguably the most successful outside of Japan. Band members are Guitar Wolf, Bass Wolf and Drum Wolf. Heavy on the leather and pompadours, they do look good. They also starred in B-Movie zombie freakout “Wild Zero”

Zombie Movie Stars - Guitar Wolf in "Wild Zero"

Boris – 3 piece experimental rockers formed in 1997 and still going strong, relasing 2 LPs simultaneously in the US a just few months ago. Refusing to be pigeon-holed Boris has released albums of pure drone, psych, noise rock, ambient and even pop. An interesting band – they opened for Nine Inch Nails on the 2008 Lights in the Sky tour.

Design: Vintage Motorcycle Posters

Another example of how perfect design effects us all. These vintage motorcycle posters are beautiful. Meant to be representitive of the companies product I don’t quite understand what Gilera was thinking (below), but who cares, it’s a great bit of advertising and design.

Gilera – Italian – Founded in 1909, ended production in 1969

Indian Motorcycle Co. – American – Sprinfield, MA  1901-1953  Began production again in 2006

Terrot – Dijon, France  Founded 1887  Ended production in 1961

Triumph – British, founded in 1902

BMWBayerische Motoren Werke AGBavarian Motor Works,    German – Founded 1916

Norton – British, founded in 1898 in Birmingham, England – Merged as Norton-Villers-Triumph in the 70’s. Purchased in 2008 and back to the Norton brand

Harley Davidson – American, Founded 1903 Milwaukee, WI      Still in production