UPDATE: CLOSED BUT NOT CLOSED...
8th November, 2020
Although the latest Government ruling means that from 5th November until 2nd December our physical Gallery is closed, we are still very much open for business.
We are working hard to make sure we deal with all orders as usual and we are available to help and answer any queries by email or telephone. You can leave a message on our answering machine and if we are unable to answer we will call you back, or you can call +44 (0)7889 691778.
During this time we will be mailing purchases out as usual by Royal Mail or can arrange Covid-secure deliveries or Click and Collect.
Stay safe everyone, and thank you for your support.
RIP Sir Sean Connery - Cinema Icon
1st November, 2020
The press today is dominated by news of the death at 90 of Sir Sean Connery.
There's a fair amount about his politics and views, but of course the coverage is dominated by the cinematic role for which he will inevitably be best remembered - Bond, James Bond.
That's understandable. It's always been the case that the majority of people looking for an original 007 Bond cinema movie poster, for themselves or someone else, specify that it should be Sean Connery. Roger Moore is also popular, as is Daniel Craig, but anyone looking for a statement piece of authentic movie advertising to adorn the walls of their home or office is most likely to want one of the classic Connery Bond outings. Original film posters featuring him in that role are becoming harder and harder to find, and their value has increased to the point where an original UK Quad poster for his 1960s outings are likely to be command prices of several (or many) thousands of pounds.
But there are alternatives. Original Lobby Cards from those same films are smaller and more affordable but can still make a great display when framed.
And we shouldn't forget that Connery was far from being a one trick poster. He won an Oscar for The Untouchables, was impressive in Hitchcock's Marnie, amusing in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, captivating in Entrapment, and almost always gritty, whether in a fantasy adventure like Highlander or a 90s blockbuster such as The Rock.
He was also pretty good at comedy, and our tip for an alternative poster that conjures up the spirit of Bond posters, but at a fraction of the cost, is the original movie poster for 1982's The Man with the Deadly Lens.
RIP Sir Sean
Cliff is 80
17th October, 2020
This week saw the third 80th birthday (or birth date) celebration of a musical legend. Hot on the heels of Ringo and John, Sir Cliff Richard has just celebrated his 80th birthday. His music career started before the Beatles and is still going strong, with a new album and tour both on the way. But we haven't heard any rumours of a film comeback, so fans will have to make do with re-watching his sixties outings including the great Summer Holiday. Or for a bit more grit, his debut in 1959's Expresso Bongo, or an interesting portrayal of a merchant banker in 1973's Take Me High, his latest (to date) film.
9th October, 2020
Music lovers across the globe (or should that be Across the Universe?) will be celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday.
We're joining them with a reminder of his brief acting career in the Beatles movies (and he also appeared by himself as Gripweed in 1967's How I Won the War).
He features cinematically in numerous documentaries, and his (and Paul McCartney's) music has graced so many movies through the years.
BFI's List of Box Office Hits
25th September, 2020
The BFI has recently listed its statistics showing the top box office grossing films in the UK for every year from 1940.
There are some classic titles in there, and a few that we'd forgotten. Many of them are films for which the original posters and lobby cards are highly collectable. We're showing a small selection here from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
And we're reminded that although the 70s may have been the decade that fashion (or music) forgot, the same can't be said of its movies.