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Spy Oxfordshire: Lifting The Veil of Secrecy
Exhibition Extended: Now Ends 24 April 2022

Spy Oxfordshire: Lifting The Veil of Secrecy

Spy Oxfordshire will get visitors thinking critically about the mysterious world of secret intelligence, once described by CIA Director Allen Dulles as “probably the least understood and most misrepresented of the professions”.

The exhibition will shine a light on previously unknown but fascinating local connections to the intelligence world. Oxfordshire intelligence officers were at the heart of the British war effort during the Second World War: from the commandos that knew no fear and wreaked havoc behind enemy lines, to the codebreakers, analysts, and “connectors of the dots” who provided Prime Minister Winston Churchill with unprecedented insights into the Nazi war machine. Everyone featured in the exhibition has been chosen to illuminate a different part of what is called the “Intelligence Cycle”, the process by which intelligence is collected, analysed, produced, and used by the policymaker in the service of protecting national security. In learning the stories of these remarkable men and women, visitors will see that the truth of intelligence is often stranger than the fiction.

While the exhibition will show that intelligence has a lot more layers to it than what we see in spy fiction, there will be plenty to catch the eye of 007 fans eagerly awaiting the release of No Time To Die. Spy Oxfordshire will feature some iconic film props and replicas on loan to the museum, such as the Walther PPK used by Sean Connery in Dr. No and original concept drawings for the PPK/S handgun with dermal sensors - used by Daniel Craig in Skyfall.

Bond author Ian Fleming features heavily in the exhibition alongside his famous literary creation. Objects include Fleming’s walking stick and an exact replica of the golden typewriter he used at his ‘Goldeneye’ home in Jamaica, where he wrote the 14 Bond novels. On display will be items from the private collection of Mike VanBlaricum of the Ian Fleming Foundation, which have rarely been seen outside the USA, including original storyboards from the film Diamonds Are Forever and Sean Connery’s shoes from the film Never Say Never Again.

Richard Chopping: The Original Bond Artist
The Salisbury Museum - 17 May - 3 October 2021

Richard Chopping: The Original Bond Artist

Richard Chopping (1917-2008) was a master of the trompe-l'œil technique, producing highly realistic three-dimensional images, and it was this distinctive style that led him to be commissioned by Ian Fleming to illustrate nine of the James Bond book covers from 1957 to 1966.

The exhibition features some of the original working drawings for the books, including the striking skull design for GOLDFINGER – one of Chopping’s personal favourites, and a commission that had been declined by his former friend and subsequent arch-rival, Lucien Freud.

The exhibition looks at Chopping’s entire output, positioning his work for Fleming firmly within the context of his 40-year career. With many works which have never previously been displayed, this exhibition will be a genuine treasure-trove for the Chopping cognoscenti and for those discovering his work for the first time. They reveal a talented artist whose work should perhaps be as well-known as the fictional spy he helped make famous.

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Oddjob buys a hat…  

Oddjob buys a hat...

...1964 or 2010?
Read on…

…following in the footsteps of the mighty Harold Sakata, the original Oddjob, was no easy task. So professional lookalike Laval Siou decided he needed a head start in the business by equipping himself with an identical hat to the one worn in the original James Bond movie Goldfinger by Sakata – and where better to purchase it than the hatters who supplied the original hat for the movie in 1964, James Lock and Co. – the family owned business founded in 1676. After contacting 007 MAGAZINE for research information concerning Oddjob’s original screen costume, Laval soon found himself at Lock & Co. in St. James’s Street, London being measured for his new hat, a square-crowned coke, only Lock’s second fitting for this hat style since Harold Sakata visited their shop back in 1964.

Although Oddjob’s hat in the film Goldfinger was supposed in the storyline to have had a steel rim to despatch any potential victim, which he did by throwing the hat at them Frisbee-style, in reality, Harold Sakata never wore another hat other than the one original purchased for him from Lock & Co. by the Bond filmmakers EON Productions – so luckily Laval will have no problems on his travels through metal detectors at international airports. Originally hailing from Mauritius, and well-versed in the martial arts, which help Laval bring even more authenticity to his role-playing as Oddjob, he is now available for appearances at special events and publicity and advertising photo shoots, and equipped now with his new hat from Lock & Co. he is without doubt the world’s Number One authentic Oddjob lookalike.

Oddjob lookalike Laval Siou measured for his hat Oddjob lookalike Laval Siou at Lock's Hatters
Oddjob lookalike Laval Siou Laval Siou's square-crowned coke - Lock's Hatters

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