THE artist who produced the iconic film poster for A Clockwork Orange has lent some glamour to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Philip Castle, 64, from London, who designed the menacing-looking poster for Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film, was commissioned to design the image for the annual event, which this year is being held on July 14 and 15.

He has previously designed two Time magazine front covers and the His n' Hers album cover for pop band Pulp, but is no stranger to aviation art.

He said: "My passion for aviation developed from an early age and I was inspired by my father, a carpenter, who was called up to join the RAF during World War Two, repairing Mosquitoes."

The Air Tattoo poster was designed in a series of layers so that the image could be adapted for a variety of uses.

He said: "It took a long time to create because I had to keep checking that the angles of the aircraft worked together. I am pleased with the finished picture - it looks pretty good."

The poster features a number of aircraft including an RAF Typhoon, the Red Arrows, an F-22 Raptor and a P-51D Mustang.

The Thunderbirds aerobatics display team can also be seen. They will be making a rare UK appearance this summer as part of the Air Tattoo's tribute marking the 60th anniversary of the US Air Force.

Mr Castle made a name for himself creating striking artwork featuring historic aircraft and scantily clad women.

The former Royal College of Art student was approached to design the poster for A Clockwork Orange in 1971 after the film's head of publicity, Mike Kaplan, saw some of his work in the Daily Express.

"I jumped at the chance," said Mr Castle. "I was a Kubrick disciple. I loved Dr Strangelove and 2001."

Other highlights of his career include designing the film posters for Full Metal Jacket, The Boyfriend and two Indianapolis 500 posters.