Original Australian Daybill Poster Zardoz
Stunning poster art by Ron Lesser. Zardoz is a 1974 Irish-American science fantasy film, and later a book, written, produced, and directed by John Boorman and starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling, and featuring Sara Kestelman. Originally Boorman announced the film would star Burt Reynolds and Charlotte Rampling. Reynolds had just worked with Boorman on 1972's Deliverance. However, Reynolds had to pull out due to illness and was replaced by Connery. "Connery had just stopped doing the Bond films and he wasn’t getting any jobs, so he came along and did it," said Boorman. Connery's casting was announced in May 1973 the week before filming was to begin. The film was shot by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth on a budget of US$1.57 million. The film depicts a future world where a stone image called "Zardoz" instructs the "Brutals" to kill each other for eternal life.