Posters of the Week: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Series by Paul Smith

Ooooh, lookie here! I was looking for an interesting looking poster to feature this week when I came across these at FirstShowing. Man, with every marketing item Focus Features release for this film, my excitement for this just keeps on mounting. I’ve posted the trailer and character posters on this spotlight post a couple of weeks ago, and while I love those darker style comprised of letters and numbers, these minimalistic versions are practically drool-worthy!

Per Creative Review blog, the posters are designed by English fashion designer Paul Smith for charity. These four silk-screened posters come in editions of 50 and are signed by Smith himself. It will be sold for £100 each and all profits are going to the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, a cancer caring center based in the UK. Smith collaborated with the film’s director Tomas Alfredson in the early development stages of the movie, offering his insights on 1970s London.

I think these are awesome, definitely it’d catch my eye if I see this on a bus stop or somewhere on the side of the street. It certainly is more playful version than the official posters, but still has that enigmatic sensibility that’s perfect for the film. The reviews have been coming in and so far it’s been stellar. Man, I absolutely can’t wait for this, unfortunately, it won’t open until November 18 here in the US. I’m so jealous of my UK friends who get this one first!


Are you as stoked as I am about this one?

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29 thoughts on “Posters of the Week: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Series by Paul Smith

  1. Hi, Ruth and company:

    Excellent posters!

    The top offering has a definite vibe from the opening of ‘The Avengers’ that came across the pond form the UK in the 1960s. All that’s missing is Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg!

    The lower three posters are cool as well. I especially like the middle, overlaid, slightly off kilter piece of art. Which its flankers sweep from Op Art to Minimalism.

    Can’t wait for the film’s stellar cast to be set loose on the film going polpulus. It’s going to RAWK!

  2. Ted S.

    That’s a very cool poster, finally a Hollywood studio hired a good designer to work on a movie poster. I’m sick of those cheap photoshoped ones.

    1. This is a charity project from a fashion designer, so I don’t think he worked for the studio. But yeah, definitely blew a lot of the studio-generated posters out of the water.

  3. The lack of imagination in most American movie posters is exacerbated every time I see foreign movie posters. Although in all fairness, the original TTSS poster is a very good one.

    1. Well the original TTSS posters are technically ‘foreign’ too right, they’re produced in the UK I think. But yeah, most American posters are so bland.

      1. So I saw Tinker Tailor shortly after it was released, finally getting around to letting you know what I thought of it!
        http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/thoughts-on-tinker-tailor-soldier-spy/
        I would recommend seeing it, the atmosphere is very good, and Gary Oldman is excellent. I would avoid reading the book immediately before seeing it, as I was in the middle of a reread and ended up disappointed with the movie (which probably wouldn’t have been the case if I hadn’t re=familiarized myself with the story).

        Enjoy seeing it this December!

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