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
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.