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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016. The Living Daylights Icon

Jan 16, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

living daylights icon

James Bond Icons: The Living Daylights Icon

Oh, hello there, Internet! Thanks for stopping by. What you see here on this page is another entry in the James Bond icon series. Beyond that, I’m not really sure what to say. It’s Friday. My brain is fried.

I could say that The Living Daylights was Timothy Dalton’s first outing as 007. But I’m not going to. But I already did. Wrap your brain around that.

Or I could say that my wife helped me with the visual metaphor for this icon. But I’m not going to. But I already did. Deal with that.

Instead, I could tell you how good looking you are. BUT I’M NOT GOING TO. But I already did. LIVE. WITH. THAT.

Living Daylights with that.

(In other news, I’m an idiot.)

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015. Licence to Kill Icon

Jan 15, 2015 | 007, A Year of Icons, News, Symbolicons

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James Bond Icons: Licence to Kill Icon

When I was nine years old, my parents brought my brother and I to the movie theater. I forget what movie they were taking us to, but I remember that we had absolutely no interest in it. Instead of forcing us to watch the movie they wanted to see, my mom led us to another theater. I’m paraphrasing, but she said something to the effect of:

You’ll like this. It has secret agents, explosions, and really cool gadgets.

In other words, everything a nine year old boy finds exciting.

The movie playing that day was Licence to Kill, and was my introduction to James Bond. In the weeks that followed, my brother and I fervently rented as many 007 movies as we could get our hands on at the local video store. Sean Connery was always my favorite. My brother preferred Roger Moore. But Timothy Dalton was the first actor I saw portray James Bond, and for that I am in his debt.

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