Are these stunning James Bond fan posters better than the originals?

It's been a rocky year for James Bond fans, with 2020's No Time to Die facing huge delays thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Whether the film will even make its new November date remains to be seen, but one designer has at least given fans something to enjoy in the meantime, in the form of a stunning alternative poster project.

Matt Needle has just shared the last in his series of designs, which has seen him reinterpret the posters for every single Bond film over the past seven months. Just one would be impressive, but to create 25 striking and original designs is a marvel – and a few could even be worthy of our best print ads roundup. 

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Each of the posters brilliantly incorporates plot elements from their respective films. From the Japan-inspired You Only Live Twice design to Licence To Kill's cocaine bullet (both below), Needle (of Needle Design) ensures that every poster corresponds unmistakably to the style and story of the film itself.

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Each design incorporates plot elements from the film (Image credit: Matt Needle/Future Owns)

That said, there's also an impressive consistency to all 25 posters, with the entire series enjoying a clean, retro aesthetic. Indeed, the quality of Needle's posters is arguably more consistent than that of the films themselves – even the design for 2002's diabolical Die Another Day (below) is almost enough to tempt us to watch the film. Almost.

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The No Time to Die poster (left) is more impressive than any of the official efforts (Image credit: Matt Needle)

As for the No Time to Die poster, Needle tweets, "Weird to cap it off with a film I haven't seen yet, but it probably gave me freedom to go nuts with the design". We've been particularly disappointed with the film's uninspired poster campaign – and Needle's trippy concept is a bittersweet taste of how striking it could have been.

Fans have been loving Needle's designs over the past few months, with many rushing to congratulate him on finishing the project. "Incredible work, it’s been great following these as they release," one user tweets, while another adds, "Smashed it. A fantastic portfolio that will last long after lockdown. Have yourself a martini." Needle calls the series "by far the most fun [he's] had on a personal project."

For more striking posters, check out our our favourite poster designs of all time. And if you're inspired to create your own masterpiece (or 25), all of our best laptops for graphic design will be able to handle the mission. 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.