Saturday 29 July 2023
Tuesday 25 July 2023
Wednesday 19 July 2023
Rare Where Eagles Dare Norwegian film tie-in paperback
Every now and then, something a bit special turns up that really surprises me. I have to say, I had never seen this version of a Where Eagles Dare tie-in paperback before. This particular version is Norwegian and carries the Nordic title Ørneredet. Whilst the cover shot was widely used in the film's publicity campaign, it's a little surprising that it would appear as the cover of the paperback. I think it's striking and works really well and had to be posted here, as well as on our dedicated Where Eagles Dare page..
A big thank you to Steve Saragossi for unearthing this rarely seen gem.
Monday 17 July 2023
A Fistful of Dollars (Pour une Poignée de Dollars) Rare French release poster of 1966
I was inspired to put this small piece together after a new friend to the Archive, Travis Trewin got in touch with a seldomly seen poster (from his collection) for A Fistful of Dollars. The poster (23.6” x 31.5”) (60 cm x 80 cm) was apparently produced for a screening dating from 1966 and from within the Bordeaux region of France. It’s certainly an interesting poster, what is immediately apparent is that it features no actual image of Eastwood. instead, the central area is dominated by members of the film’s Rojo family. Esteban Rojo (Sieghardt Rupp) is clearly seen with whip in hand and suggests that the shot was taken shortly before the film’s climax where Silvanito (José Calvo) is tied and suspended from outside the tavern.
It’s a real curiosity, remembering of course that A Fistful of Dollars had its premiere in Italy during September of 1964. France’s premiere took place in the March of 1966 – some 18 months later… According to the French film press at the time, A Fistful of Dollars was doing great business all over Italy and they were keen to exploit and publish the grosses from the film. Yes, Eastwood’s name still headlined the poster, but it remains a mystery as to why an image of the poncho-clad, anti-hero of the film still remained missing?
Travis, who is based in Australia, informed me that he has only ever seen one other copy of the poster, so we can safely assume that there aren’t too many about today. My thanks to Travis for sharing this poster, we look forward to featuring more of his contributions.
Below: The French regional poster for A Fistful of Dollars
Monday 3 July 2023
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #39
We open the month of July with another great Photo Opportunity. There isn't anything too spectacular to add to this one really, it's just a great shot of Clint relaxing close to his home in Carmel during December 1976. In terms of the Eastwood timeline, Clint had finished filming The Enforcer (which was in the can and due for release in this same month). Clint was probably enjoying a short Christmas / New Year break before embarking on his next movie The Gauntlet (1977) which would begin filming in the April of 1977.