Designing 007 - Fifty years of Bond Style
Further details of highly anticipated summer exhibition announced.
The white bikini worn by Ursula Andress in one of cinema’s most celebrated scenes, on loan from Planet Hollywood International Inc., joins more than 400 Bond archive items for the first time alongside a faithful recreation of the trunks Sean Connery wore in THUNDERBALL in a new and highly anticipated Barbican exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise from 1962’s DR NO to this year’s SKYFALL.
The items will be displayed alongside those which they later inspired – the orange bikini worn by Halle Berry in DIE ANOTHER DAY and Daniel Craig’s sky blue trunks from CASINO ROYALE, and are among 400 works comprising the Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition which opens at London’s Barbican Centre next month.
The Barbican has joined forces with EON Productions to create a unique exhibition curated by the Barbican, guest-curated by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and designed by Ab Rogers.
With unprecedented access to EON’s production archive, Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style is a multi-sensory experience where screen icons, costumes, production design, automobiles, gadgets, special effects, graphic design, exotic locations, weapons, stunts and props combine to immerse the audience in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.
Exhibits on display also include Scaramanga’s Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, Oddjob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat and the proto-type of Rosa Klebb’s deadly flick-knife shoes worn in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Tee-Hee’s metal arm from LIVE AND LET DIE and Jaws’ fearsome teeth which first appeared in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.
Among the other specially commissioned costume recreations overseen by Lindy Hemming are Goldfinger’s golden dinner jacket, Pussy Galore’s golden waistcoat and the suit Sean Connery was wearing when he first appeared on screen in DR NO, together with originals of Roger Moore’s white tuxedo from OCTOPUSSY and Spacesuit from MOONRAKER.
Vehicles and gadgets on display include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 which famously returned to the screen in GOLDENEYE; Pierce Brosnon’s BMW motorcycle from TOMORROW NEVER DIES; the attaché case featured in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and Pierce Brosnan’s state of the art Ericsson mobile phone from TOMORROW NEVER DIES.
They take their place alongside original graphic drawings and models including the design for the Jetpack piloted by Bond in THUNDERBALL; the storyboard for the action sequence in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE featuring mini-helicopter Little Nellie, together with the miniature Wet Nellie Lotus Esprit used for filming in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.
The exhibition will transform many of the Barbican spaces including The Silk Street Entrance, the Curve gallery, the Pit theatre and some of the public foyer spaces to take visitors on a journey through a dozen themed rooms and environments reflecting 50 years of Bond style.
The exhibition will tour internationally over a three year period.
Notes to Editors:
0845 120 7550
Daily 11am–8pm, every Thurs LATE until 10pm.
Please check availability before visiting. Timed admission is in operation - advance booking is strongly advised.
Last admission 90 minutes before close.
Booking opens 1 March 2012
Book online at barbican.org.uk/bond (booking fee applies)
Yellow Members £10
Red/Orange Members £8
Concessions: £10, Under 16s £8
The exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 192 page catalogue, with essays by curators and Bond biographer, Andrew Lycett.
The Barbican gift shop will present an exciting range of 007 inspired gifts including collectable limited editions; vintage book editions; accessories and homewares.
About the Barbican
The Barbican Centre is one of the world's leading arts centres, founded and run by the City of London Corporation. It encompasses dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and creative learning who work together in creating the model of tomorrow's international arts and learning centre. Committed to providing a world-class programme, which inspires, challenges and amazes its audiences, the Barbican is also home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Associate Producer Serious. Its Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Michael Clark Company. International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The architecturally renowned Centre, now Grade II listed, opened in 1982, and comprises the 1,949 seat Barbican Hall, the 1,166-seat Barbican Theatre, the Pit theatre, a 286 seat cinema, the Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, roof-top tropical conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.
For more information visit www.barbican.org.uk
About Eon Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. They are currently producing the 23rd film, SKYFALL.
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