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Sep 26, 2023

Today we talk to the most famous graphic designer no one knows: Joe Caroff!  62 years ago, Joe created one of the most identifiable movie logos in history - the 007 logo!

In this episode, we talk with Joe about his work on not just the 007 logo the entire world knows, but his other contributions to the James Bond movie legacy, his non-Bond design work, and more about his background.  

What Joe Caroff has designed in his career will astonish you!! And he tells us about many of his designs: WEST SIDE STORY, THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS, MANHATTAN, ZELIG, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, and THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, to name just a few. 

Joe is 102 years of age and still sharp as a tack.  This is a fascinating person and discussion. 

So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know.”  

After listening to this episode, you will want to check out the documentary on his accomplishments currently streaming on  This documentary is called BY DESIGN: THE JOE CAROFF STORY which was written and produced by Marc Cerulli whom we spoke with in last week’s episode

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