As the hype crescendos around *Quantum of Solace*‘s impending release—new Bond Girls!—it’s a good time to consider the flick in its historical context. Especially as a smashing collection of classic 007 placards are hitting the block at Christie’s in London tomorrow. The prized Bond lot in the auction house’s *Vintage Film Posters* sale is a mint condition 1964 *Goldfinger* sheet in the rare British quad style B format, estimated at $7,00 – $10,000.
We’re partial however to this quirky and equally scarce Aston Martin promo piece produced for *Thunderball* in 1965, which is a much better deal at est. $3,000 – $3,500. Also included are classics from *Dr. No* (1962, est. $2,700 – $4,500), *From Russia With Love* (1963, est. $2,700 – $4,500) and the rest of the pantheon, with several variations of each. Mr. Craig would do well to study these masterpieces if he hopes to err on the side of Connery.
- — Jared Paul Stern