Spy Oxfordshire: Lifting The Veil of Secrecy
Extended: Now Ends 24 April 2022
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.
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
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
007 MAGAZINE recommends STYLE EVENTS & LOOKALIKES because….
….nobody does it better!
…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
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