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‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’: Celebrated at the Barbican

Apparently it’s not just diamonds that are forever. The world’s favourite agent James Bond has entertained the public in just over 20 films and still shows no sign of slowing down. Until the 5th September, the Barbican Art Gallery celebrates his enduring appeal with a captivating exhibition entitled ‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style.’

Visitors can take a look back at the last 50 years, beginning with Bond’s very first film outing in Dr. No and concluding with his latest venture in Skyfall which will be released this October. Since Ian Fleming’s creation was transformed into a big-screen hero, six actors have taken the lead in big-budget cinema releases and some of their most famous outfits are proudly on show here. The yellow ski-suit used by Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me, Pierce Brosnan’s Brioni suit in the dramatic tank scenes of GoldenEye and the trunks worn by Daniel Craig as he emerged from the waters in Casino Royale are just a few of the highlights.

Just as essential in the franchise’s winning-formula are the Bond girls, with several sparkling gowns by Versace and Roberto Cavalli also on display. The films are really all about ‘the look’ and beautiful gowns draped in diamonds, sharp, stylish suits as well as tropical island paradises all contribute to a visually stunning cinematic experience.

An exhibition which showcases James Bond’s incredible design has therefore paid particular attention to its own presentation. Visitors can walk into the world of GoldFinger with a specially recreated Gold Room, which houses a bed and a painted female body lying on top. And just in case you still don’t feel like you’re as suave and smooth-talking as Bond, you can always visit the Martini Bar which offers cocktails suitable for 007 himself.

For more information on the complete Bond experience, please visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/bond/


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