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Posters for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Paul Smith

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Posted by Eliza Williams, 2 September 2011, 15:25    Permalink    Comments (17)

Sir Paul Smith has designed a series of four silk-screen posters to celebrate new movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, released later this month. The posters (which come in editions of 50 and are signed by Smith) will be sold for £100 each, with all profits going to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.

Smith collaborated with film's director, Tomas Alfredson, in the early development stages of the movie, offering his insights on 1970s London. He advised on the mood, colour and photographic approach to take.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is released in the UK and Ireland on September 16: a trailer for it can be viewed here. Smith's prints will be on sale at Paul Smith shops from September 13.


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Great standout in comparison with the usual Hollywood muck. Thoughtful and deliberate as the film, with a thoroughly good use of the proceeds. Commendable effort all round.
2011-09-05 12:31:18

does absolutely nothing for me. :( looks the same as any 2nd year undergrad poster project...
2011-09-06 09:32:04

These are very similar to those minimalist fan-art posters, where you actually need to have seen the film in order to appreciate the posters. For charity and as souvenirs they work, though.
2011-09-06 11:33:45

where's olly moss when u need him
2011-09-06 11:44:13

I really like them, far more interesting than what I assume is the real poster:
2011-09-06 12:00:40

Completely agree that these are different compared to the usual film industry posters. It's a shame the film distributors felt the need to produce something for a more mainstream audience. It's also a pity that the film trailer doesn't pick up on some of the visual styling in the teaser posters either - although maybe this appears in the actual film titles?

Also does CR know if these will be on sale via the Paul Smith website or indeed any other website for that matter?
Alex Normanton
2011-09-06 12:41:03

I agree with alex. Looks like a teaser poster project from Uni. Saying that, they are a lot classier than the usual in your face movie poster. It would be interesting to see how box office takings differ from use of these posters. How this would be tested. I do not know?
James Davis
2011-09-06 12:51:25

I love these minimalist fan art film posters, I prefer them to the committee designed official versions.
Dave Marsh
2011-09-06 13:14:40

Very nice, although (charity aside) it would have been nice to use more of an up-and-coming designer for such a mouth-watering brief.
Chris Hannah
2011-09-06 13:34:34

Oh man I want it now. This and Drive are easily my most anticipated films of the rest of the year.
2011-09-07 08:34:39

I really wanted to like these, but they just don't have enough about them sadly.
Pickle Design
2011-09-07 09:17:33

Love em, nice work
Oliver Chalmers
2011-09-07 16:48:57

Clean and crisp, a nice set!
@Jack - don't forget David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo :)
2011-09-09 16:52:44


The last poster in the series reveals who the spy is.
2011-09-11 12:39:30

Nice! Very striking and classy.
2011-09-12 08:42:34

Love the bold striking colours - however the typography is too small and lost in acres of white space. A much larger film title would have done the job. A poster needs to pass the "glance test" a flighting glimpse through a tube window is the sometimes the only chance the reader has to see it.
David Busbridge
2011-09-13 12:41:48

To me they seem to show a complete disregard for film poster art. These could be better presented as paperback book covers and even then i would buy the book, They communicate nothing interesting about the film or the story. I wonder whether Paul Smith even did them. Like those failed 'art' posters for Black Swan – a rather lame PR exercise.
Simon Lucas
2011-09-29 16:44:09

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