We love Clint Eastwood but when it comes to fandom, we're not in the same league as David Frangioni or Tom Schatz. Frangioni has a 10,000-piece collection of Clint Eastwood movie memorabilia, while Schatz, a professor at the University of Texas, teaches an annual course on Eastwood and has authored a number of books on the Hollywood legend. Having pooled their unrivalled knowledge, they are now responsible for the ultimate Clint coffee table companion.
Clint Eastwood: Icon (Titan Books) gathers together more than 400 unique pieces of artwork from the great man's long and distinguised career on both sides of the camera. From Japan to Russia, Italy to the USA, this incredible selection includes lobby cards, studio ads, original art and esoteric film memorabilia, and when presented in one collection creates a novel and constantly evolving portrait of its subject, starting from his early roles as a gunslinger in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns to his later works as an actor and director.
1970s: press kit, lobby stand-up display, keychain handcuffs, chocolate gun and ticket for the world premiere of Dirty Harry, one of his career-defining characters.
1980s: Poster for Firefox (1982), taken from a decade in which Clint widened his repertoire and starred in a dozen films, seven of which he also produced or directed.
1990s: Clint's poster art, such as this for Unforgiven, develops a consistent and distinctive style of its own, due in part to his ongoing collaboration with Bill Gold. Key characteristics: deep dark background, Eastwood's name in large print and, usually, his face in close-up.
2000s: Clint has only appeared in four of his eight films since 2000. Above: US one-sheet for Changeling (2008) and two from a set of four trade advertisements for Gran Torino (also 2008)
Clint Eastwood: Icon - The Essential Film Art Collection by David Frangioni and Tom Schatz (Titan Books) is published on 9 October.