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American artist and illustrator Robert McGinnis has created more than 1,200 memorable paperback book covers as well as several iconic movie posters, but it was his original movie poster illustration for the 1965 James Bond classic that left bidders shaken and stirred.

The original illustration for Thunderball (11-7/8 x 18-5/8 inches) sold for $275,000 in robust bidding at Heritage Auctions Illustration Art Signature Auction event October 7. 

Robert McGinnis Thunderball

Robert McGinnis (American, 1926),  James Bond: Thunderball, movie poster illustration, 1965, gouache on board, 11-7/8 x 18-5/8 inches, sold for $275,000 including premiums. 

In addition to his work on James Bond films, McGinnis, 96, has several iconic movie posters to his credit, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Barbarella (1968). His work for the James Bond series led producer Barbara Broccoli to say, “[McGinnis] captures the wit, excitement, and adventure of Bond in a series of brushstrokes.”

Breakfast at Tiffany's movie poster

Movie poster for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Paramount, 1961).

Barbarella movie poster

Movie poster for 1968 science-fiction film "Barbarella" with original art by Robert McGinnis.

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