The Original James Bond - John McLusky's art from the '50s & 60s
The Original James Bond – Artwork by John McLusky from the 50s & 60s
28 October – 14 November 2015


Celebrating the first and original artwork from the Ian Fleming books serialised in The Daily Express from 1958 - 1966 - visualised by artist John McLusky years before the first Bond film.


Years before anyone had heard of a ‘James Bond Film’ the Daily Express newspaper commissioned leading graphic artist John McLusky to visualise Ian Fleming’s original spy-hero for the very first time. The result was an iconic black and white serialisation giving pictorial life to Fleming’s great brain-child. It is even said that McLusky’s Bond was so iconic that Eon Films based their first actor for this role on these drawings produced.

This unique exhibition presents the original artwork from the 50s and 60s. Drawn from a broad display of Bond books themes on display include the cars, the gambling, the Bond-Girls, underwater fights, ski-chases and other adventures - all here to be seen at this exhibition of utterly enthralling and captivating’ Bond’ artwork.

Whether you are a Bond fan or not, this unrivalled collection of John McLusky’s published work represents a unique archive giving birth to the creation of one of cinema’s greatest and most enduring heroes. It is truly a piece of history.

These graphic novels are still in print (Titan Books) and all the original published artwork on show is offered for sale. Prices start at £450.


Exhibition dates: 28 October – 14 November 2015
Press and private view night: Wednesday 28 October 2015 5.30 – 8.00pm
Sean McLusky, (son) will be in attendance on his father’s behalf.

Free entry and families welcome

Gallery enquiries: Jessica Charleston on 0207 976 1727
Press and Media enquiries: Philippa Perry on 07774264826
Images on request: jessica@illustrationcupboard.com


Celebrating 20 Years of Illustrationcupboard 1995 – 2015
Exhibition date
28 October - 14 November 2015
22 Bury Street, St James's, London