I owe the blog The Suits of James Bond a lot. Not only is it an incomparable guide to men’s styles, it also introduced me to two brilliant films featuring French superspy OSS117. The character originated in thriller novels by Jean Bruce, and was quite serious and gritty in a similar mould to James Bond, except predating the first Bond novel by four years. However, OSS 117: Le Caire, Nid D’Espions (Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2006) and OSS117: Rio Ne Repond Plus (Lost In Rio) (2009) bring the character to the screen in stylistic comic parodies of Eurospy films of the 1960s. Emulating the conventions of that particular genre, the films star Jean Dujardin as hilariously moronic OSS117 as he attempts to chase down Nazis in hiding after the Second World War.
Recalling the Saul Bass designs for films such as the original Ocean’s 11, and Charade, the opening titles of Cairo, Nest of Spies are of a style straight out of the 1950s setting of the film. In turn, I took inspiration from the titles to design this poster for the film. I used the original French so I would look smarter.