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6 July-5 September 2012
Designing 007: 50 Years Of Bond Style

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2012-02-29
Designing bond exhibition
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr. No to this year's Skyfall (2012), with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.
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FSWL was invited to the exclusive launch party for Designing 007 at the Barbican in London, read our report.
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In collaboration with EON Productions and with unprecedented access to their archives, Designing 007 will be a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.

It will explore the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.

Highlights include gadgets and weapons made for Bond and his notorious adversaries by special effects experts John Stears and Chris Corbuld, along with artwork for sets and storyboards by production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont and Syd Cain, and costume designs by Bumble Dawson, Donfeld, Julie Harris (Live and Let Die (1973) and the 1967 version of Casino Royale (1967)), Lindy Hemming (GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002) and Casino Royale (2006)), Ronald Patterson (The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)), Emma Porteous (Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987)), and Jany Temime (Skyfall (2012)).

On display too will be lavish screen finery by Hollywood costume designers and major fashion names including Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Hubert de Givenchy, Gucci's Frida Giannini, Douglas Hayward, Rifat Ozbek, Jenny Packham, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Anthony Sinclair, Philip Treacy, Emanuel Ungaro and Donatella Versace.

Designing 007 will transform the Barbican, taking the audience on a journey - a 'making of' and presentation of Bond style over 50 years.

The exhibition is designed by Ab Rogers and curated by the Barbican, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.

Opening Hours:
6 July – 5 September 2012: 11am – 8pm (Thursdays until 10pm)

Please check availability before visiting. Timed admission is in operation — advance booking is strongly advised. Last admission 90 mins before close.

Official videos:
>Designing Bond's Look
>Designing Bond's World

Ticket prices:
Standard: £12
Concessions: £10
Under 16s: £8
Barbican Red/Orange Members: £8
Barbican Yellow Members: £10

Articles in the press about the Designing 007 exhibition:
>An exhibition to mark 50 years of James Bond films (The Guardian, February 29, 2012)
>James Bond - a character to die for (The Telegraph, June 10, 2012)
>The 10 best Bond outfits – in pictures (The Observer, June 24, 2012)
>James Bond: The spy who loved to look cool (The Independent, June 30, 2012)

Photo above:
Goldfinger's personal Pilot, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) tells Bond (Sean Connery) that they are on their way to Goldfinger's Kentucky Horse Farm. © 1964 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Watch out on the official Barbican website for the latest information on the exhibit:

www.barbican.org.uk/bond/

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#designing_007
#exhibitions

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