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James Bond 50th Anniversary 1962-2012

8 July 2012

Designing 007: Fifty years of Bond Style
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr. No to this year's Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.

In collaboration with EON Productions and with unprecedented access to their archives, Designing 007 is a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.

The exhibition explores the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.

Shirley Eaton with waxwork of Sean Connery Shirley Eaton with recreation of the golden girl from Goldfinger (1964)
The iconic 'golden girl' from the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger (1964) The iconic 'golden girl' from the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger (1964)
Entrance ot the Gold Room at Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at The Barbican Interior of the Gold Room

ABOVE: [1] 'Golden Girl' Shirley Eaton poses with a waxwork of Sean Connery as James Bond beside an original Aston Martin DB5 at the entrance to the Designing 007 exhibition [2] Shirley poses for photographers in front of a life-size replica of herself as Jill Masterson in an iconic scene from Goldfinger (1964) [3] The entrance to the 'Gold Room' [4] The interior of the 'Gold Room' features other 'gold' related props such as Scaramanga's golden gun; Oddjob's lethal bowler hat, and the tuxedo worn by the eponymous villain Gert Frobe. Also on display is the Oscar awarded to Norman Wanstall for best sound effects editing on Goldfinger (1964).

Highlights include gadgets and weapons made for Bond and his notorious adversaries by special effects experts John Stears and Chris Corbould, along with artwork for sets and storyboards by production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont and Syd Cain, and costume designs by Bumble Dawson, Donfeld, Julie Harris, Lindy Hemming, Ronald Patterson, Emma Porteous, and Jany Temime.

Pierce Brosnan's Brioni designed tuxedo in the Casino Room Props and gadgets from Moonraker (1979)
The Casino Room featuring costumes from Casino Royale (2006) Daniel Craig's Tom Ford designed tuxedo from Casino Royale (2006)
Props and personal effects created for James Bond Q Branch bag of tricks from Licence to Kill (1989)

ABOVE: [5] Pierce Brosnan's Brioni tuxedo from GoldenEye (1995) is among the costumes on display in the 'Casino Room' [6] A selection of items from Moonraker (1979) including a model cable-car, Jaws' metal teeth; production storyboards, and a dress worn by Lois Chiles [7] Several of the personal effects made for James Bond during his 50 year screen tenure  [8] The 'Q Branch' room features many of the gadgets made for 007 over the years including the lethal bag of tricks used by Timothy Dalton in Licence To Kill (1989).

On display are lavish screen finery by Hollywood costume designers and major fashion names including Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Hubert de Givenchy, Gucci's Frida Giannini, Douglas Hayward, Rifat Ozbek, Jenny Packham, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Anthony Sinclair, Philip Treacy, Emanuel Ungaro and Donatella Versace.

The exhibition is designed by Ab Rogers and curated by the Barbican, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style runs at The Barbican from 6 July - 5 September 2012

For more images from the Designing 007 exhibition visit: http://www.notcot.com/archives/2012/07/designing-007-50-years-of-bond.php


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