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Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam

Jeroen Krabbe, Maryam d'Abo & waxwork Sean Connery pose with the Aston Marton DB5

007 MAGAZINE: We received some communication from Bond fans there are no gadget blueprints on display of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 in the exhibition. Is there a reason for that?
Meg Simmonds (EON archive director): I think it’s enough that the DB5 is there by itself. Again, we were trying to do themes of things that are about gadgetry if you will. We have the DB5; there is one drawing about the DB5 in there. The technical drawings that are in base paper and pencil we could have had, but we reproduced those so that they are more visible. We decided not to (with the blueprints). Again it was a choice of the curators. It was a joint decision that we would emphasize other aspects of gadgetry in there.
 
Author & guest curator Bronwyn Cosgrave
ABOVE: Author & guest curator Bronwyn Cosgrave

How large is the team of curators, just the three of you?
I let them know what I (the EON Archive) have, then it is Lindy and Bronwyn who are curators for this exhibition.

If you look at all the exhibition locations, this is the sixth now, how were they received in all countries, differently? Did people react differently?

Six countries, six. They were enthusiastic in all of them. I did not go to Toronto. So don’t know about that one first hand, but understood from Bronwyn that it indeed was also well received there. And then in Melbourne it was very popular. In Moscow they loved it.

One question from an American was “Why do you think Russians like Bond so much, because the Russians are usually his adversaries.” I said it changed over time. They started out like the early books with the cold war and so yes they were the natural adversaries. But then in the 70s you had Barbara Bach collaborating as a Russian spy with Bond (in The Spy Who Loved Me). And then Zukovsky (in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough) in the 90s is saving his life. And General Gogol worked together with Bond eventually. There is a change in the political atmosphere and you see that change in the films. Bond changes with what is happening in the world. Of course in the last Bond (Skyfall) it was a cyber terrorist. And in this day and age everybody could be a bad guy. Any country could produce a bad guy.

So BOND 24 starts shooting soon?
We’re in pre-production now. And it’s exciting. I can’t wait to be… about the art department!

Skyfall deer sculpture/Bernard Lee portait



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The ‘Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style’ exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 11th October in the presence of Bond girl Daphne Deckers (Elliot Carver’s PR girl in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies) and the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb. The Kunsthal is also featuring a pop-up store with all kinds of Bond memorabilia for sale such as the beautiful exhibition catalogue, books (including a 007 passport with description of all the 007 chambers of the exhibition), films, fragrances, and gadgets for kids – and dad too!

Daphne Deckers proudly shows off her copy of Graham Rye's The James Bond Girls

ABOVE: Daphne Deckers proudly shows off her copy of Graham Rye's The James Bond Girls as she offically opens the 'Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style' exhibition at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam.
BELOW: Jannett de Goede (curator or Kunsthal Rotterdam), Ahmed Aboutaleb (
Mayor of Rotterdam), Daphne Deckers and Emily Ansenk (director of Kunsthal Rotterdam).

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF FRED ERNST

Jannett de Goede (curator or Kunsthal Rotterdam), Ahmed Aboutaleb (Mayor of Rotterdam), Daphne Deckers and Emily Ansenk (director of Kunsthal Rotterdam).

Several cocktail evenings will be held during the exhibition period and one can book a 007 hotel arrangement tie-in. Special educational events for children will be held and the city of Rotterdam has undertaken city dressing with special shops in ‘Gold’; the original Citroen 2CV car from 1981’s For Your Eyes Only is on display at the NN DE Café on Stationsplein, while department store DeBijenkorf will be dedicating its window display to the exhibition.

Holland is sure to be in a Bond frenzy for the coming couple of months…

Jeroen Krabbe & Ben van den Broek - Kunsthal, Rotterdam/Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style merchandise

ABOVE: (top left) 'Designing 007: 50 years of Bond Style' goodie bag (top right) Jeroen Krabbé with Ben van den Broek (bottom) 'Designing 007: 50 years of Bond Style' gift shop at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam


‘Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style’ runs from 12th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 at de Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm, Sundays and public holidays: 11am to 5pm
Information: +31 (0) 10-4400301 www.kunsthal.nl

PHOTOGRAPHS/BEN VAN DEN BROEK & MARK VAN DEN BROEK


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