Flash Gordon Poster Original Daybill 1981 Sam Jones Casaro Art
Daybill Poster with striking art by Renato Casaro.Flash Gordon is a 1980 (the Daybill poster was released in 1981 for the Australian thestrical release date) space opera film directed by Mike Hodges, based on the King Features comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film stars Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Max von Sydow and Topol, with Timothy Dalton, Mariangela Melato, Brian Blessed and Peter Wyngarde in supporting roles. The film follows star quarterback Flash Gordon (Jones) and his allies Dale Arden (Anderson) and Hans Zarkov (Topol) as they unite the warring factions of the planet Mongo against the oppression of Ming the Merciless (Von Sydow), who is intent on destroying Earth. Flash Gordon was primarily filmed in Britain, including on several soundstages at Elstree and Shepperton Studios, and uses a camp style similar to the 1960s TV series Batman. The film is notable for its musical score by the rock band Queen, featuring orchestral sections by Howard Blake. The film was a box office success in both the United Kingdom and Italy. Critically it was received well during and since the film's initial release. Since its original release it has gained a significant cult following.