Iconic movie poster artist Bill Gold dies aged 97

Joe Anderton

From Digital Spy

Bill Gold, an artist who has worked on absolutely hundreds (and we mean hundreds) of movie posters, has died at the age of 97.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Gold passed away at his home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut on Sunday (May 20), which his spokesperson Christine Gillow later confirmed.

Films he worked on include Casablanca, A Clockwork Orange, Ryan's Daughter, Diamonds Are Forever, Smokey and the Bandit, Clash of the Titans and Great Balls of Fire! to name just a few.

He collaborated with director Clint Eastwood multiple times, beginning with Dirty Harry in 1971. He originally retired after doing the poster for Mystery River in 2003, but briefly returned to work on J Edgar in 2011.

Eastwood actually wrote the introduction to a book collecting his work that was released in 2010 (and costs a fortune, just FYI).

"The first image you have of many of your favourite films is probably a Bill Gold creation," Eastwood wrote in Bill Gold PosterWorks.

Among those who paid tribute to Gold on Twitter are A Clockwork Orange actor Malcolm McDowell, who said: "RIP Bill Gold, the talented artist who designed the poster for A Clockwork Orange, among many others."

Comic book artist and scriptwriter Jim Palmiotti tweeted: "I worked with Bill...before I did comics.

"I would, at times, go to Bill's office on Park Avenue and later in the west village and work on them with him over my shoulder. I learned a lot from him."

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