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Tom Chantrell (December 20, 1916July 15, 2001) was a British illustrator and film poster artist. He was noted as the designer of the Style C poster advertising the 1977 release of Star Wars in British cinemas.

Among Chantrell's best known works are the posters for The King And I (1956), Carry On Cleo (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Land That Time Forgot (1975) and At the Earth's Core (1976).[1][2]

Biography[]

Star Wars poster[]

Tom Chantrell's Style C poster for Star Wars (1977)

In 1977 Chantrell was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to produce a poster for the UK theatrical release of Star Wars. The US release had been promoted with a poster designed by Tom Jung, now known as as Style A. In UK cinemas, the film was advertised with a reworked version of Jung's artwork, the Style B poster by the Brothers Hildebrandt, but Fox and Lucasfilm executives were dissatisfied with the poster and decided to replace it with a more realistic depiction of the lead characters, in order to promote the film more effectively. Chantrell worked from a press pack of publicity stills to create the likenesses of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and got his wife, Shirley Chantrell, to pose as a model for Princess Leia's body.[3][4]

Chantrell's Style C poster depicts Luke Skywalker looking directly and pointing his gun at the viewer, flanked by Han Solo and Princess Leia brandishing blaster guns, with a large image of Darth Vader looming behind holding a lightsaber, surrounded by smaller characters and a montage of starfighters in combat. Because of Chantrell's long association with Hammer productions, he included Peter Cushing on his poster; this was the only Star Wars theatrical poster that ever featured Cushing's likeness.[3][4]

Other work[]

Chantrell's Post C artwork was reused as the cover for the 1987 first edition rulebook of Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game. In the book's credits, the cover illustration is credited as "Cantrell".[5]

Chantrell's artwork was used as the cover illustration the 1992 video game Super Star Wars.

Works[]

Filmography[]

Year Title Contribution
1977 Star Wars Theatrical release Style C poster (UK)

Bibliography[]

Year Title Contribution Notes
1987 Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (first edition) Cover illustration Re-use of the Style C poster

Gameography[]

Year Title Platform Contribution Notes
1991 Star Wars Nintendo Game Boy Cover illustration
1992 Super Star Wars SNES Cover illustration Re-use of the Style C poster

Sources[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. Biography: Tom Chantrell and the World of British Film Posters (en). chantrellposter.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2017.
  2. Obituary: Tom Chantrell (2001-07-27). theguardian.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dass, William: The History of Star Wars Posters (2016-12-14). Film School Rejects. Archived from the original on August 7, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A short history of the first British Star Wars posters. www.sci-fimovieposters.co.uk. Archived from the original on August 7, 2020.
  5. Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (first edition)

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