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Designing 007 exhibit displayed in Melbourne

By: Anders Frejdh
Designing 007 exhibition Melbourne
The touring exhibition Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style - the most comprehensive ever devoted to Bond featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other artefacts from the series - moves to Melbourne after Shanghai and opens at the Melbourne Museum on Nov. 1, 2013.

Designing 007 was first displayed in London (from July 6 to September 5, 2012), then in Toronto (October 26, 2012 to January 20, 2013). From March 28, 2013, until June 30, 2013, it was displayed in Shanghai. FSWL attended the exclusive launch party in London, read our report.

About the exhibition:
Celebrate 50 years of James Bond in this unique exhibition exclusive to Melbourne Museum.

Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style presents the craft behind the icon, focusing on the distinctly British luxuriance of the world's most iconic movie brand. As the world’s longest running and most successful film franchise, this exhibition looks at Bond’s influence on art, music, lifestyle, automotive design, travel, technology and fashion over the course of five decades.

Featuring over 400 objects, Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style is curated by the Barbican Centre in London, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Academy Award®–winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, and designed by Ab Rogers who have had complete access to the 23-strong archive of movies to source objects and artwork.

Be captivated by the most charming and sophisticated secret agent through rare costumes, atmospheric sets, iconic gadgets, props, original photographs and concept drawings. See the steel teeth worn by Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); storyboards for Diamonds Are Forever (1971); the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962); the poker table from Casino Royale (2006); multiple gadgets from Q Branch including the attaché case given to Bond in From Russia with Love (1963); and the 1961 United Artists/Eon Productions contract to produce the James Bond film series.

Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style is organised by Barbican Centre, London in partnership with EON Productions.

Melbourne details:
Event Type: Temporary Exhibition
Open daily from: November 1, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Closing on: February 23, 2014
Venue: Melbourne Museum
Entry price: Adult 24 AUD / Child 16 AUD

>Purchase tickets online

Articles in the press about the Designing 007 exhibition while at the Barbican in London:
>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)

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

Editor's note:
Many thanks to our good friend Brad Frank for the head's up on this news. Brad also informed us that you can purchase the official exhibition book (a must-have for any serious James Bond collector) online from either Barbican's e-shop, Amazon US or Amazon UK.

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 museum website for the latest information on the Designing 007 exhibit:



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