James Bond advertising at its very best

Recently, some friends and I took up that age-old debate: What’s the best James Bond movie? For me, it’s a no-brainer. You Only Live Twice has it all: rampant sexism, cultural insensitivity, ninja training camps, a secret volcano base, Donald Pleasence, a gyrocopter battle, even a screenplay by Willie Wonka creator Roald Dahl. Anyway, it inspired me to pull up the original ads, and they are equally overflowing with awesomeness. First off, there’s the bathhouse orgy poster shown here. (Click image to enlarge.) Another poster features the mind-blowing excitement of the aforementioned gyrocopter battle. (Compare to today’s fare. Yaaawn.) Then there’s the 1967 trailer, stuffed with a bounty of gems, such as an airplane that explodes—TWICE! Your votes for best Bond advertising are welcome in the comments section.

—Posted by David Griner