Thursday 22 December 2022
Wednesday 21 December 2022
A Fistful of Dollars 6 sheet poster sells in Auction
I’d been keeping a close eye on this incredibly rare poster for the last couple of weeks, and it finally sold last night with a final price of just over $4,000. The A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS 6 sheet poster (size 81" x 81") dates from the first 1967 U.S. release. This poster combined all of the teaser designs and their taglines - "This short cigar belongs to the man with no name. This long gun belongs to the man with no name. This poncho belongs to the man with no name." and the final design and the introduction to Clint’s iconic character - “This man with no name is played by Clint Eastwood - A Fistful of Dollars is the first motion picture of its kind, it won’t be the last”
It’s a real stunner which combined all of the main elements from the United Artists publicity campaign. Below is an image of the original poster and below that a digitally restored version of the poster which I worked on - just for fun and to present it close to how it would have looked, fresh off the print back in 1967. I have removed the fold lines, the joins in the sheets, the watermark and magnets and some slight creasing to the bottom left of the first panel and finally balanced some of the colour and shading. An absolute beauty of a poster.
Saturday 17 December 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #33
Here’s a rather cool shot I discovered recently which features Clint with film producer and once head of Paramount Picture, Robert Evans. They are pictured here at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967 where they were attending Super Bowl 1. The Green Bay Packers won the game beating Kansas City Chiefs 35 -10. Clint began shooting his first American film Hang 'Em High on June 27th, 1967. A great shot!
Friday 16 December 2022
Wednesday 7 December 2022
Tuesday 6 December 2022
Rare Japanese The Good, The Bad and The Ugly LP
I’m constantly surprised by the number of variants that still surface when it comes to vinyl album sleeve designs.
I recently (purely by accident) stumbled across this lovely album.
Ennio Morricone and his Orchestra – 続 夕陽のガンマン The Good,The Bad And The Ugly, is a Japanese first edition from 1967 which came in a gatefold sleeve. It was released on United Artists Records – with the Cat No YS-965-UA, it was also a Stereo recording. It was manufactured and distributed by – Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Obviously this is a release that doesn’t surface very often, especially in any great condition - I did however find a sales history on it and discovered its average selling price is around £85, with the most expensive selling for £106.
Thursday 1 December 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #32
This month’s Photo Opportunity is something of an oddity. It features Clint with director Brian G. Hutton on location during the shooting of Kelly’s Heroes (1970). Clint is pictured hugging the actress Celia Kaye. Kaye had starred in Hutton’s first movie, the rarely seen Wild Seed which was made for Marlon Brando’s Pennebaker Productions and released through Universal some 5 years earlier in 1965. Kaye didn’t appear in too many other movies, but did marry director John Milius (co writer of Dirty Harry and Magnum Force) on February 26th, 1978. They had one child together and remained friends despite being divorced by 1987. As to why Kaye ended up on the shoot for Kelly’s Heroes, I’m afraid, is something of a mystery.
Saturday 26 November 2022
Wednesday 16 November 2022
Ennio, il maestro French Grande Poster
I thought I’d post this poster here, not just because Clint appears in Giuseppe Tornatore’s superb documentary feature of 2022, but also as it’s simply a beautiful piece of art - for anyone who has the slightest interest in Ennio Morricone or film music in general.
At 47”x 63" it’s a large beast of a poster, but nevertheless, I ultimately would love to get this one framed and wall mounted. There are a couple of designs, one of which has Morricone in his study with his back to the camera, and this one of him facing the camera, which is my personal favourite. There has also been a ‘quotes’ release which features quotes from the likes of Hans Zimmer, Bruce Springsteen and of course Clint. Because the film had a very limited cinema run, it’s well worth looking out for one as I’m sure they will become very scarce in the future.Above: The French Grande Poster 47”x 63"
Tuesday 15 November 2022
Roberta Flack: Legendary soul singer left unable to sing after MND diagnosis
It was sad to read that Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack has been left unable to sing after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The Killing Me Softly with His Song performer is also having difficulty speaking, her manager said on Monday.
Flack, 85, has won four Grammy awards and received 14 nominations. A documentary about her life is set to premier next week in New York. She also has plans to publish a children's book in January.
In addition to Killing Me Softly - which was later covered by musician Lauryn Hill - Flack is known for songs including The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, which launched her to stardom after it was used in Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me. Speaking to Rhino in 2021, she said, ‘Clint Eastwood has always been a musical visionary among his many talents. He told me that he heard my version of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" while he was driving down a Los Angeles freeway and had to stop his car. He called me out of the blue and said, "I'd like to use your song in this movie about a disc jockey with a lot of music in it." He said that he would 'use it in the only part of the movie where there's absolute love." I was floored, then agreed. He said, "Anything else?" I said, "I want to do it over again. It's too slow." He said, "No, it's not." That’s the version of the song that you know, and that gives you a snapshot of his ability to see the beauty in simplicity and to use music to convey emotion.
Her condition - motor neurone disease (MND) - "has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak," her management said in a statement.
"But it will take a lot more than MND to silence this icon," they said, adding that she "plans to stay active in her musical and creative pursuits".
There is no known cure for MND. It is caused by the death of the nerves that carry messages from the brain to people's muscles. It affects their ability to move, talk and even breathe. The timing of Flack's film and book release next year coincide with the 50th anniversary of her fourth album Killing Me Softly With His Song, which was released in 1973.
After the singer suffered a stroke in 2016, she told the Associated Press news agency that wants her songs to be remembered as "classics" and and not just an "old hit".
"I could sing any number of songs that I've recorded through the years, easily, I could sing them, but I'm going to pick those songs that move me," Flack said.
Wednesday 9 November 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #31
For our November Photo Opportunity I thought I’d pull this 70’s picture taken in the kitchen of the Hog’s Breath Inn, Carmel. Clint is pictured tucking into a Dirty Harry burger, one of the regular meals served at the restaurant back in the day. There were a number of photos taken for this shoot which was taken circa 1977. While not visible in this particular shot, Clint’s belt featured the famous, and rather cool Josey Wales buckle which he was wearing regularly around this period.
Friday 21 October 2022
I just wanted to put a little something together in regards to a story that broke earlier in the year, and in regards to David Zaslav who became Chief Executive Officer and President of Warner Bros. David Zaslav immediately turned heads right out the gate, chastising executives over green lighting Clint’s neo-Western Cry Macho.
Tuesday 18 October 2022
Friday 7 October 2022
Wednesday 5 October 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #30
For the month of October our Photo Opportunity features a rarely seen shot of Clint with co-star Vonetta McGee, disusing the script during the filming of The Eiger Sanction (1975) while on location in Switzerland.
McGee landed her first role alongside Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski in Sergio Corbucci's Spaghetti Western The Great Silence (1968), and made her first released film appearance that same year as the eponymous character in the Italian comedy Faustina, which was released before the former film. She later became well known for her parts in the 1972 Blaxploitation films Melinda and Hammer. In the action thriller Shaft in Africa (1973), McGee took the role of Aleme, the daughter of an emir, who teaches John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) Ethiopian geography. Earlier that year she had appeared in a supporting role as an occult priestess in The Norliss Tapes. In 1974, McGee appeared as Thomasine, alongside Max Julien as Bushrod, in the western action film Thomasine & Bushrod, which was intended as a counterpart to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The next year, she starred alongside Clint in the action thriller The Eiger Sanction (1975). She also appeared in an episode of the TV series Starsky & Hutch named "Black and Blue" in 1979.
McGee died of cardiac arrest on July 9, 2010, at the age of 65.
Thursday 22 September 2022
Paul Newman to star in The Eiger Sanction
Well here’s an interesting little snippet spotted by our good friend Richard DuVal. Richard spotted this recently in an old trade paper and indicated that Paul Newman was at some point very interested in playing the role of Dr. Jonathan Hemlock in The Eiger Sanction. I’m not sure why Newman didn’t follow this through or why he changed his plans? However, I’m certainly glad that Clint picked it up. I still think it remains a great movie from his 70’s body of work.
Wednesday 14 September 2022
The Clint Eastwood Youth Program
Our U.S. correspondent Kevin Walsh very kindly sent me this rare postcard. The card was sent out to encourage year-end (tax deductible) gift donating at the end of 1986. So, the best I can date this is circa 1985-86? Unfortunately, I found very little in regards to the Youth Program on the internet.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula â€™s Clint Eastwood Youth Program provides a structured program to treat drug and alcohol abuse as well as mental health problems for adolescents, 12 to 18 years old.
Help for Teenagers
The staff of the Clint Eastwood Youth Program is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to meet the individual needs of teenagers.
Our multidisciplinary treatment team consists of adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and chemical dependency counselors. Our approach allows us to address the complexities of teenage problems and give families the support and care needed during times of difficulty.
Our goal is to provide a balance of structure, guidance, and responsibility along with understanding and warmth.
Thursday 1 September 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #29
I’ll be attempting to add a new Photo Opportunity post on a more regular basis from here on, at least one a month. There are so many great photos on file - and they really should be seen. Here’s a great shot of Clint relaxing, and believed to have been taken circa 1976 during The Outlaw Josey Wales. A nice and seldom seen photo, that came from a 35mm transparency slide.