There isn’t an awful lot to say about this little project, except that the only thing I’ve managed to do consistently is fail to meet my self-imposed deadlines.
The idea is/was simple enough;
- Every week, watch a movie from the James Bond series in the order in which they were released.
- Make a poster for that week’s movie in a minimalist (or reductionist, or really just simple and cool-looking) style.
- Put that poster up on Tumblr.
That’s it. That’s all. I started this project back in January. With 24 (I include Diamonds Are Forever in this list, as I’m going by the offical Gruber/Benjamin roster) films to watch and illustrate, I should have been done by… July.
It is mid-August, and I’m stuck on the second Timothy Dalton movie. I have 8(!) movies left to go.
If you look through the posters, you can see a theme begin to develop. Mostly, it’s that I’ll languish for a few weeks on a particularly bad film (“For Your Eyes Only”, I’m looking at you), and I think that’s because this kind of thing is actually really hard.
I mean, try and distill the essence of an entire movie, especially a bad one, into a single object or concept, and do it in a way that makes sense to people who haven’t necessarily seen the movie and isn’t patronizing and has very little defining detail and still looks kind of cool.