A must have for philatelists and Bowie fans alike…a mint set featuring eight images of David Bowie as performer selected by Jonathan Barnbrook. Each of Jonathan Barnbrook’s designs have been printed to the highest standard and come to you in pristine condition.
Also offered as a ‘cancelled to order’ set bearing the issue date 12th September 2022.
The stamps values run in reverse chronological order, to mirror the ‘present to past’ chronology of Bowie’s last self-curated greatest hits collection Nothing Has Changed.
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Nicholas Pegg - Author of The Complete David Bowie and text writer for David Bowie Actor Postal Tribute on 'Everybody Loves Sunshine' (released as B.U.S.T.E.D. in the US):
"Swapping the Mohawk and shades of his late Earthling period for a greying buzz-cut and Harry Palmer spectacles, Bowie provides the film with its centre of gravity in the role of Bernie, an old-time fixer for a modern-day street gang riven by discord. The result is not unlike a nineties update of Brighton Rock, a novel filmed 50 years earlier, with Bowie cast as the world-weary William Hartnell character looking on with dismay as the savagery of a new gangland generation spirals out of control. It’s a splendid turn from Bowie: arrestingly cool and quietly compelling as ever."
- Final Portrait, 2016 73 pence. An image from David Bowie's last photoshoot, done to promote his new album ★ (Blackstar), shows the star dressed in a black fedora hat and suit and wearing a confident smile.
- Everybody Loves Sunshine, 1999 73 pence. A British independent film written and directed by Andrew Goth and starring Rachel Shelley, David Bowie and Goldie. Set in Manchester, but filmed and produced on the Isle of Man. It was released in the United States as B.U.S.T.E.D.
- Labyrinth, 1986 £1.04. Bowie was first sought out by Jim Henson to feature in Labyrinth in summer 1984, when he was in America as part of his Serious Moonlight tour. Bowie recorded his songs for the film's soundtrack prior to the start of filming in April 1985.
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, 1983 £1.04. Seen by many as Bowie’s most memorable turn in a motion picture. A poignant tale of four men at a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War Two, it addresses cultural differences between opposing combatants as it draws towards a climactic Christmas Eve in the tropics. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes upon release.
- Baal, 1982 £1.38. Bowie took the title role of a BBC television adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play Baal. The titular protagonist is a drunken poet, iconoclast and womaniser, whose decline is charted over the course of the play.
- The Elephant Man, 1980 £1.38. From July 1980 to January 1981 in New York, David Bowie played the part of the real-life eighteenth-century character Joseph “John” Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's 1977 play The Elephant Man, which was directed by Jack Hofsiss.
- Just a Gigolo, 1978 £1.75. Bowie’s second lead role was directed by British actor David Hemmings and wasn’t a success. Unlike Bowie’s previous film The Man Who Fell to Earth, Just A Gigolo disappeared without a trace and was only made available in the UK for the first time in 2021 on Blu-ray.
- The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1976 £1.75. Based on Walter Tevis's 1963 novel of the same name, the film follows an extra-terrestrial (Thomas Jerome Newton, played by Bowie) who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to ship water to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought, but finds himself at the mercy of human vices and corruption.
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