March 29, 2010

Phillippe Berthet

Phillippe Berthet
French comicbook artist.

In 1994, Berthet launched the retro series 'Pin-Up' with writer Yann at Dargaud. The series, about 1940s and 1950s model Betty Page, was an homage to Milton Caniff and his comic 'Male Call'. (

March 26, 2010

Robert Brownjohn

Margaret Nolan during the shooting of the Goldfinger title sequence (above).

Robert Brownjohn

Robert Brownjohn (August 8, 1925 — August 1, 1970) was a graphic designer known for blending formal graphic design concepts with wit and sixties pop culture. He is best known for his motion picture title sequences, especially From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. (wikipedia).

He also designed the cover for the Rolling stones "let it bleed" album.



Photos of Goldfinger title shoot:

Goldfinger Title Sequence:

March 25, 2010

Vintage Men's magazines

doppelganger X's flickr page has some brilliant illustrations from vintage men's magazines and painted poster art. Thanks to Retrospace.

Flickr page:

Men's magazine illustration:

Painted Movie Posters:

March 24, 2010

Syd Mead

Running of the Six DRGXX (above)


RMIT page:



Yesterday I attended An audience with Syd Mead at RMIT. We are indeed fortunate to have Syd come all the way Down Under to do a speaking tour. He stops off in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The evening consisted of a one hour presentation by Syd of his work, showing many projects from his long and distinguished career, some Q&A from the audience and then a screening of the 90 minute documentary, VISUAL FUTURIST: The Art & Life of Syd Mead.

Syd not only came across as a passionate artist and fantasy buff but a genuine and humorous man. He had a wonderful way of sharing the stories behind the projects. Always giving little anecdotes that put his stunning designs and artwork into context.

For example, upon showing his designs for a luxurious 747 to the Sultan of Brunei. The Sultan wanted one change. His throne needed to be a window seat!


A few points from last night's presentation and movie.

"If your not getting paid to do it, it's a hobby" Great quote!

When creating art try to see yourself in the 3rd person. Watch yourself create.
Be aware of yourself creating. (very Zen)

The future doesn't begin from a zero point. It always drags the past with it.
(showed an example of a very slick anti gravity carriage type vehicle which is based on the old horse drawn carriage)

Mentioned that Blade Runner was the last Hollywood movie to use glass matte paintings.

Re-designed Battleship Yamato in the 90's. Though the film was never made.

Showed designs he did for The Core (a Peter Hyams project that was abandoned).
His designs are more complex than they need to be. Complexity looks good on the screen.

"He lives for the process. He is more interested in the process than the final image. The end product is just the pearl that comes out of the oyster."
Steven Lisberger on what makes Syd's work successful

He has always put figures in his painting. They not only create scale but they tell a story.

A good description of Syd's work: Remembering something you have not seen before.


I definitely would recommend the documentary, Visual Futurist. An excellent overview of his work. One warning, i am not sure if it was the copy they had but the audio mix on this film is dire.

Jim Rugg

Jim Rugg
Jim Rugg is an illustrator and cartoonist from Pittsburgh.

March 21, 2010

Ron English

Ron English

I recently listened to an excellent interview with Ron English on Escape from illustration island. Ron had some wise words creating good work and being original.

"Do something that you really want to do because you kinda get stuck doing it.

If you go around thinking what do people want and try to satisfy people you are going to make yourself into a hack.

But if you make what you want to make and let people catch up to it then in the long run you are going to have a better time of it. Instead of thinking "oh everybody likes this certain thing because i see them buying that so i will make an imitation of that" Then you are just the rear guard.

Look around and say "whats not there that i would love to see" Then make that. Now you are ahead of the game.

Make people see what you see, not want you think they want to see"

You can listen to the whole interview here

Kate O'Mara

Kate O'Mara
Kate O'Mara is an English film and television actress.'Mara

Recently saw her in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970).

Ladies of Star Trek

Ladies of Star Trek

Ladies of UFO

More UFO ladies here

March 17, 2010

Adolph Hiremy-Hirschl

Ahasuerus at the End of the World by Adolph Hiremy-Hirschl
I saw this amazing painting on the cover of a classical cd. It's by a long forgotten Hungarian painter Adolph Hiremy-Hirschl. (1860-1933).

Ingrid Steeger

Ingrid Steeger
German Actress and star of The Swingin' Stewardesses (1971)

The Ingrid Steeger Gold collection is a box set of 8 moviesührerinnen-Betthostessen-Stewardessen-Sexabenteuer/dp/B00107I2KW

Pierre Okley

Pierre Okley
French poster artist of the 1950's and 60's.

March 14, 2010

Sandra Julien

Sandra Julien
Stunning French beauty who worked in the early 1970s. Her notable films include I Am a Nymphomanic and The Shiver of the Vampires


More info here:

Some great screenshots from I Am a Nymphomanic here:

Kumi Mizuno

screenshot from Invasion of Astro-Monster

screenshot from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Kumi Mizuno
Best known for her role of Miss Namikawa in Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965). Kumi Mizuno is, indisputably, Toho's most popular actress. Mizuno was born in 1937. In the late 50's and early 60's Mizuno's career was booming, and she quickly became a favorite of director Ishiro Honda.

Despite the huge number of films she did early on in her career, Mizuno is best known for her Sci-fi roles in the two Godzilla films and the two Frankenstein films done by Toho in the mid 60's. She became such a cult figure amongst the kaiju fandom that Toho brought her back in 2002 to play a role in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.

Kumi's role as Daiyo in Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto (1966) was one of her most memorable performances. (from IMDB)



Interview with Kumi Mizuni:

March 11, 2010

Marie Liljedahl

Marie Liljedahl

Marie Liljedahl is a Swedish actress who had a short-lived film career in the late-1960s and early-1970s, in the films of Joseph W. Sarno and Jesus Franco.(wiki)
She starred in Franco's Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (1970).



MySpace fan page

Tanaka-san Will Not Do Callisthenics

Tanaka-san Will Not Do Callisthenics
A documentary by Maree Delofski

Filmed entirely in Japan, this documentary explores the ingenuity and determination of Tetsuro Tanaka who was dismissed from his job a quarter of century ago in a time when most Japanese workers believed they had a job for life. In a world that places a premium on conformity, Tanaka-san has found a way of staying true to himself, demanding an apology and re-instatement every day for twenty five years outside the company gate.

March 10, 2010

Anita Morris

Anita Morris
A spread from Sunday magazine (Published with the News of the world) from January 30 1983. The article is about Anita Morris star of the newly opened hit musical Nine.

"Her signature number in Nine was "A Call From the Vatican," and she also sang "Simple," late in act two. She was scheduled to perform the former at the Tony Awards in 1982, but the TV censors found her outfit too revealing" (wiki)

Anita passed away in 1994 after a long battle with cancer.



About the costume:

March 9, 2010

Francois Roca

François Roca
François Roca is a French illustrator born in Lyon in 1971. He is now considered as one of the most important French illustrator for children books and has published more than twenty ones with his friend Fred Bernard.



The Worm That Turned

The Worm That Turned - The Two Ronnies (1980)
The Worm That Turned was a wonderful mini film series that featured within the British sketch show The Two Ronnies with Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker. It also starred Diana Dors.
It was set in a future England (2012) that was run by a female dictatorship.
A society where the Tower of London was renamed Barbara Castle!


March 8, 2010

James Bond Chinese Style

James Bond Chinese Style (1967)

I was looking through my copy of Kung Fu: Cinema of Vengeance by Verina Glaessner when i came across this still from a movie called James Bond Chinese Style.

Unfortunately there's nothing about it in the book except for a brief reference to the popularity of Hong Kong made James Bond spoofs. A quick search on the web didn't reveal much. Does anyone know anything about this movie?.

March 7, 2010

Continental Film Review

Continental Film Review
UK-based ''international'' film magazine which purported to be a somewhat serious film journal devoted to foreign films, but which in its later years focused rather more on pruriently on the scantily-clad and often nude young actresses which peopled films of the era. (

Some very nice cover scans:

Article from the magazine about the Christina Lindberg movie Sex At The Olympics:

March 5, 2010

Deanna Lund

Deanna Lund
Deanna Lund (born May 30, 1937) is an American film and television actress best remembered for her role in the Irwin Allen television series Land of the Giants, where she played the character of Valerie Ames Scott. (wikipedia)

Official website:




Sabina Kelley

Sabina Kelley
Sabina Kelley is an international pinup model and burlesque dancer.

March 3, 2010

Yutte Stensgaard

Yutte Stensgaard
Yutte Stensgaard (born May 14, 1946) is a Danish actress best known for her starring role in Hammer's Lust for a Vampire. (Wikipedia).

She is also featured in the latest issue of Cinema Retro magazine

Burlesque Undressed

Burlesque Undressed
The Ultimate Film on Burlesque Starring burlesque queen Immodesty Blaize.


Immodesty Blaize's website: