See Surreal Tarot Cards Designed by Salvador Dalí for a James Bond Movie
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See Surreal Tarot Cards Designed by Salvador Dalí for a James Bond Movie

In 1973, producer Albert R. Broccoli commissioned Salvador Dalí to create a set of tarot cards for the upcoming James Bond film Live and Let Die . The Catalan artist indulged his mystical side when designing the very surreal deck of cards, but his prop deck failed to make the movie’s final cut: As Hakim Bishara explains for Hyperallergic , Dalí reportedly asked for an enormous fee beyond even the Bond film’s $7 million budget. The famed surrealist continued working on the spooky set after Broccoli rescinded his offer, and in 1984, he released a limited edition of the deck. Now, for the first time in more than 30 years, the 78-card set is back on the market . (The deck and a companion book are available from Taschen Books for $60.) Gala Dali as the "Empress" (Cartamundi, Turnhout Belgium/Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala- Salvador Dalí, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019) Dalí’s deck blends elements of his bombastic personality with typical surrealist motifs—think ants and disembodied heads—and traditional tarot symbolism. In one card, the artist himself poses as the Magician, and in another, his wife, Gala Dalí, assumes the role of the Empress. The deck’s “Lovers” card, according to Architectural Digest […]

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