From Ursula Andress’ white bikini, Scaramanga’s Golden Gun and Oddjob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat to the modern day state-of-the-art technology and original storyboards,
DESIGNING 007 – FIFTY YEARS OF BOND STYLE brings together for the first time 400 gadgets, vehicles, props and artifacts for a multi-sensory celebration of Bond style.
The white bikini worn by Ursula Andress in one of cinema’s most celebrated scenes joins more than 400 Bond archive items alongside a faithful recreation of the trunks Sean Connery wore in Thunderball in a new and highly anticipated Barbican exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall. The items are displayed alongside those which they later inspired – the orange bikini worn by Halle Berry in Die Another Day and Daniel Craig’s sky blue trunks from Casino Royale are among 400 works comprising the DESIGNING 007 – FIFTY YEARS OF BOND STYLE exhibition, which opens at London’s Barbican Centre on 6 July 2012.
Exhibits on display also include Scaramanga’s Golden Gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, Oddjob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat and the proto-type of Rosa Klebb’s deadly flick-knife shoes worn in From Russia with Love, Tee-Hee’s metal arm from Live and Let Die and Jaws’ fearsome teeth, which first appeared in The Spy who Loved Me.
Vehicles and gadgets on display include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which famously returned to the screen in GoldenEye; Pierce Brosnan’s BMW motorcycle from Tomorrow Never Dies; the attaché case featured in From Russia with Love and Pierce Brosnan’s state of the art Ericsson mobile phone from Tomorrow Never Dies.
They take their place alongside original graphic drawings and models including the design for the Jetpack piloted by Bond in Thunderball; the storyboard for the action sequence in You Only Live Twice featuring mini-helicopter ‘Little Nellie’, together with the miniature ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit used for filming in The Spy Who Loved Me.
The exhibition transforms many of the Barbican spaces, including The Silk Street Entrance, the Curve gallery, the Pit theatre and some of the public foyer spaces, taking visitors on a journey through themed rooms and environments reflecting fifty years of Bond style.
DESIGNING 007 Barbican Exhibition Preview with Lindy Hemming and Bronwyn Cosgrave Published via LongTail.tv