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Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style

October 26, 2012 - Jan. 20, 2013

HSBC Gallery

Presented by Barbican Centre, London in partnership with EON Productions
Exhibition Design by Ab Rogers.

“Bond, James Bond.” From the moment Sean Connery uttered that famous name at the beginning of Dr. No, Agent 007 captured the world’s imagination. In the five decades since, the suave screen hero has not only headlined the most successful franchise in film history, he has made an indelible impact on the worlds of art, music, fashion, technology, travel, automotive design, and lifestyle.

Making its North American premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox following its unveiling at London’s Barbican Centre in the summer of 2012,Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series. Signature Bond items featured in the exhibition include the steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962); the poker table from Casino Royale (2006); and multiple gadgets from Q Branch.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style was originally organized by Barbican in partnership with EON Productions, guest-curated by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Academy Award®–winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, and designed by Ab Rogers.

Installation view 'Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style' 
Photograph: Tom Arban, 2012