Friday 6 July 2012


With special guests in attendance including:
Michael G Wilson & Barbara Broccoli, as well as guest curators Lindy Hemming & Bronwyn Cosgrave, Ab Rogers, Chris Corbould, David Arnold, Debbie McWilliams, Goldie, John Glen, Neal Purvis,  Neil McConnon, Peter Lamont, Robert Wade and Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Bond Girls:Carole Ashby, Caroline Munro, Jenny Hanley, Madeline Smith, Martine Beswicke, Molly Peters, Shirley Eaton and Valerie Leon

Additional guests included: David Walliams, Lemar and Mike Leigh

From Ursula Andress’ white bikini, Scaramanga’s Golden Gun and Oddjob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat
to the modern day state-of-the-art technology and original storyboards,  DESIGNING 007 – FIFTY YEARS OF BOND STYLE brings together for the first time 400 gadgets, vehicles, props and artifacts for a multi-sensory celebration of Bond style.

The white bikini worn by Ursula Andress in one of cinema’s most celebrated scenes joins more than 400 Bond archive items 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 are 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 are among 400 works comprising the DESIGNING 007 – FIFTY YEARS OF BOND STYLE exhibition, which opens at London’s Barbican Centre on 6 July 2012.

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.

Vehicles and gadgets on display include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which famously returned to the screen in GoldenEye; Pierce Brosnan’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 transforms many of the Barbican spaces, including The Silk Street Entrance, the Curve gallery, the Pit theatre and some of the public foyer spaces, taking visitors on a journey through themed rooms and environments reflecting fifty years of Bond style.

Guests of DESIGNING 007 – FIFTY YEARS OF BOND STYLE enjoyed a selection of James Bond-inspired drinks and canapés, including confit duck pancakes with lime and sweet chilli; caramelised fig, cashel blue and walnut croute; smoked salmon blinis with Avruga caviar; glasses of James’ champagne of choice, Bollinger, and the legendary Martini bar, shaken, not stirred.

The exhibition will run at the Barbican Centre from 6 July to 5 September 2012 and then tour internationally over a three year period.

Open 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.

Book online at (booking fee applies)
Standard £12
Yellow Members £10
Red/Orange Members £8
Concessions: £10, Under 16s £8

Designing 007 – Catalogue
The exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 192 page catalogue, with essays by exhibition curators and Ian Fleming biographer, Andrew Lycett.

Designing 007 – Shop
The Barbican gift shop will present an exciting range of 007 inspired gifts including collectable limited editions; vintage book editions; accessories and homewares

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