50 years of Bond exhibition opens

Western Telegraph: A photograph of Bond character Jaws, played by Richard Kiel, features in a new exhibition A photograph of Bond character Jaws, played by Richard Kiel, features in a new exhibition

James Bond's most stylish moments are being celebrated in a new exhibition marking half a century of the secret agent on the big screen.

More than 400 items have been assembled as part of Designing 007: 50 Years Of Bond Style.

Many exhibits, revealed at a press preview, come from famous moments in the films and are synonymous with the series.

The exhibition opens with an immediate wow factor, as film posters stretch along a corridor where a replica Sean Connery leans against his beautiful 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

The white bikini Ursula Andress wore as she emerged from the sea in Dr No's jaw-dropping beach scene is also on display alongside Halle Berry's orange two-piece from Die Another Day and a recreation of Sir Sean Connery's shorts from Thunderball.

Current Bond Daniel Craig, set to reappear in Skyfall in the autumn, won over many female Bond fans when he wore a pair of tight blue trunks in Casino Royale.

These are also part of the display which will tour internationally after the show closes at London's Barbican in September.

Oscar-winning costume designer and co-curator Lindy Hemming said: "We have entered the archives which EON have collected over the years and we have tried to take pieces, interesting objects which would help us to understand design in films and the objects range from gadgets, clothing, jewellery, wonderful drawings of sets and models of sets and artwork."

The numerous Bond villains have a starring role in the exhibition which also showcases Scaramanga's golden gun, Oddjob's deadly bowler hat and Rosa Klebb's flick-knife shoes from From Russia With Love.

The experience covers 14 different topics and includes a recreation of spymaster M's office, a look at the recurring importance of casinos in Bond films, an "ice palace" showing outfits and items from Bond's snowy adventures and concludes with a 007 Martini Bar. Further details are at www.barbican.org.uk/bond.

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