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From Dirty Harry in 1971, to Mystic River in 2003, Bill Gold designed the artwork for all of Clint's films. Here's what the icon's icon had to say.

Bill Gold has created art for more than 60 years, and he’s been creating great posters for my pictures for almost 40. It’s hard to believe. From the early 1940’s when he was an apprentice at Warner Bros., to the early 2000’s when he was still creating images for Malpaso Productions, Bill’s talent and enthusiasm never wavered.

Bill has a firm belief in the power of great stories. Whether the story was about a cop trying to do what he believes is right, or a retired gunman struggling with his conscience, or three men trying to make sense of their damaged lives, Bill always matched the human emotions of these pictures with unforgettable images.

Harry Callahan was a determined man, and Bill emphasizes that in his jagged, stark image for Dirty Harry in 1971. William Munny was a loner, and conflicted, and Bill’s poster for Unforgiven captured that in all its silent beauty in 1993 – a poster that won most of the major awards Bill’s profession has to offer. The men played by Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins had murky, troubled pasts, which Bill illustrated by sillhouetting their reflections in the icy blue waters of Mystic River.

With Bill, I knew he would bring in great ideas, and the poster he created would be one less thing we had to think about it. He respected the film, he respected the story and he always respected what we were trying to accomplish.

In all, Bill created thousands of movie posters, some of which are as classic as the movies themselves. Four of the films he worked on won Best Picture Oscars, including Unforgiven. The first image you have of many of your favorite films are probably a Bill Gold creation.

I am proud of the work that Bill has created for me over the years, and prouder still that it has been collected here in this beautiful book for you to enjoy.

Sixty years of Hollywood memories are richer because of Bill Gold.

Foreword by Clint Eastwood, taken from Bill Gold: PosterWorks.

Sabotage Times

11 Nov, 2010