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Guns of Navarone Daybill: Original or Reissue?

By on November 15, 2012

There are five different full colour versions of the Guns of Navarone Daybill. Which of the following daybills is original?







I think the jury is out on this. As is usually the case, none of the full colour daybills are dated so no help there. When you compare the art to the original and reissue US posters, the results are inconclusive.

One expert said that the film was originally released with a “Not Suitable for Children” rating so that would tend to indicate that the two greenish coloured daybills would be first release. Note that the greenish daybill without the censor details would have been used for the New Zealand release and regions.

However, the two posters are not identical with minor changes to the art. Its hard to know why the changes were made and if they are significant but, based on the rating on the poster, it seems reasonable to assume that both greenish posters were used for the original release.

However, one very knowledgeable collector believes that the yellow background daybill with the Columbia pictures logo is the original daybill. This is the only daybill that has the logo but the censor rating on the poster is marked “For General Exhibition” which suggests that it might be a later release.

A few dealers and collectors describe the yellow daybills as “reissues from the late 60s”. My opinion is that these posters should not be described as reissues unless there is hard evidence to prove the case eg pressbook information.

Note that there are a couple of additional duotone daybills that are obvious reissues (although I do see the same poster variously described as 60s, 70s or 80s release). I have not pictured the duotone releases.

Over the years, the five full colour Australian daybills have all appeared either with prominent dealers or with the major auction companies. Each version is usually described as original.

What do you think? Which daybill is original or do you feel that they all might be first release? Post a comment below.


GUNS OF NAVARONE PROGRAMMEI found an original programme for Guns of Navarone. Note the similarity to the artwork on the New Zealand greenish coloured daybill. I think the reason for the different daybills/posters was due to the change in censorship from Not Suitable for Children to For General Exhibition which (I think) happened not long after it was released.

I think it is possible that all of the daybills would have been printed for the original release but you could say that that the yellow posters would be referred to as second printing. That’s my best guess anyway.

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  1. David

    November 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    If based on design only I lean towards the first yellow – it’s a dominant background colour of the 50s and 60s daybill posters, also it is the only design where is shows the ‘love’ interest as it were and let’s be honest ‘romance’ was not to be the reason the movie became so popular so perhaps later designs then focused on the ‘manliness’ of the film

    That’s my tuppence worth.

  2. Wills

    January 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I have an Australian 3 sheet of the movie. Do you think it worthwhile to check it to help out or do you think the 3 sheets were also issued as part of any re-release?

    • John Reid

      February 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Australian 3 sheets were usually printed for the original release only. I would be interested to see an image of it if you have one.

  3. Wes Anderson

    October 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The original is the greenish daybill with the censorship not suitable for children. When this picture was released it was classified as such and later when it was reissued the distributor asked the censor to re classify it which he did by downgrading the picture to general exhibition. This reflects the changing attitude of the censor as time goes by and community standards change. The first movie to be rated R was The French Connection which by todays standards would probably be rated M

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