026. Moonraker Icon

Jan 26, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

Moonraker Icon

James Bond Icons: Moonraker Icon

When I started this icon series, you all knew that this moonraker icon was coming. And here it is. I hope you enjoy it.

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025. Die Another Day Icon

Jan 25, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

Die Another Day Icon

James Bond Icons: Die Another Day Icon

We’re getting down to the wire with these James Bond icons. If I count the upcoming film, Spectre, then there are seven 007 movie titles left to iconify. I’ll have to make a poster of these when I’m finished.

Today’s icon represents Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as James Bond. The icon itself is a play on words. Or, a play on homonyms. Dye one day, and then dye another day. Not the cleverest icon I’ve created, but it’ll get the job done.

After I’ve completed the James Bond movie titles, I’ll probably cycle back to a few simpler icons. Perhaps I’ll finish the “fruit” series I started a couple weeks back. But after that, I’m going to try to veer back to pop culture. Creating the 007 icons has been really fun (if somewhat time consuming), and having smaller goals within the year is definitely the way to go. Last year I was always a bit limited with my icon choices because they both needed to fit within the style of Symbolicons Block, and not be duplicative of icons I had already created. Because I’m working in a new style this year, I can do anything. Which is fun! But also daunting. The year has only just started!

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024. The Spy Who Loved Me Icon

Jan 24, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

The Spy Who Loved Me Icon

James Bond Icons: The Spy Who Loved Me Icon

Happy Saturday, fellow James Bond fans! The icon series continues with reference to 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me starring Roger Moore. The Spy Who Loved Me icon imagines a world where you might received a Valentine’s Day card from the spy who loved you. Could that spy leave you a normal message? OF COURSE NOT. Said spy would need to leave a coded message. A coded message… to your heart.

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023. Quantum of Solace Icon

Jan 23, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

Quantum of Solace Icon

James Bond Icons: Quantum of Solace Icon

I’ve dreaded this icon since I began the James Bond mini icon series. And then I had an idea for it. And then I made that idea a reality. So there. Enjoy your very own Quantum of Solace icon.

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022. Skyfall Icon

Jan 22, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

Skyfall Icon

James Bond Icons: Skyfall Icon

Yesterday’s icon was a bit late, so today’s is coming in on the earlier side. Skyfall is the third James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, and has been one of the easier icons to illustrate. It’s parts of the sky… falling. Amazing! I think Chicken Little would approve.

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021. A View to a Kill Icon

Jan 21, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

A View to a Kill Icon

James Bond Icons: A View to a Kill Icon

It’s another late entry in the Year of Icons. Egads! I’m having a hard time finding time for these icons, especially when they need to be at least slightly clever. (I’m mostly failing at that. But let’s just say that “A View to a Kill Icon” is a bit harder to make than a “Blueberry Icon“.) But the icon is done, and it’s up on the site. So there. I’m done for the day. What will tomorrow bring!?

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020. The Man with The Golden Gun Icon

Jan 20, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

The Man with the Golden Gun

James Bond Icons: The Man with The Golden Gun Icon

Better late than never! Here’s today’s entry, The Man with The Golden Gun icon. And before you say anything, yes, I realize that this isn’t the actual gun they use in the movie. Being movie-accurate isn’t the point with these icons. Being “title”-accurate is.

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019. Tomorrow Never Dies Icon

Jan 19, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

Tomorrow Never Dies Icon

James Bond Icons: Tomorrow Never Dies Icon

The Tomorrow Never Dies icon is the thirteenth icon in my James Bond icon series. Also, it’s one of three James Bond movie titles to feature the word “Die”, and the second title to feature the word “Never”. Here’s a list of random movies that have “tomorrow” in their titles:

  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Edge of Tomorrow

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018. You Only Live Twice Icon

Jan 18, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

You Only Live Twice Icon

James Bond Icons: You Only Live Twice Icon

You Only Live Twice was Sean Connery’s fifth James Bond film. And get this, it was written by Roald Dahl, author of the legendary books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox. So that’s cool.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Enjoy your day.

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017. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Icon

Jan 17, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

On Her Majestys Secret Service Icon

James Bond Icons: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Icon

The biggest challenge with making these James Bond icons is that the movie titles are often ridiculous. Multiple uses of the word “die”, variations on “live”, not to mention the often loose connection to the movie’s actual content.

This mini-theme in the year of icons started as a fluke. As the year progresses, I number each icon to help me keep track of how much time has passed, and how much time is left to go. And since there are usually 365 days in year, I started the practice of using three digits for my numbers (001, 002… 364, 365). Two years ago, when I realized the seventh icon was going to be written as 007, I knew that it absolutely had to relate to James Bond. And so it did, albeit a little abstractly.

This year, I knew I had to keep up the tradition. And so, when icon 007 rolled around, I created a James Bond-themed icon. That icon was for the movie Goldfinger. A mere second after that, I had the brilliant thought to create an icon for every James Bond movie title. A mere second after that initial mere second, I regretted the choice; the title On Her Majesty’s Secret Service had materialized in my brain.

Though the icons I’ve been creating this year lean a bit more towards illustrations, they are still icons. They need to be as simple and concise as I can make them. How on earth was I going to make On Her Majesty’s Secret Service simple and concise?

Thankfully, the entire conceit of this project-within-a-project was based on a play on words, on a literal interpretation of the title Goldfinger. And even more thankfully, I have a wife who is very good with words, and very good with puns. Since “her majesty’s secret service” is MI6, she reasoned, all I’d need to do was show MI6 being on. And so I did. Literally.

Teamwork!

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