Friday 17 November 2017

Bond licensed to thrill with show of gadgets and style

Halle Berry in
her orange bikini from
'Die Another Day'
Halle Berry in her orange bikini from 'Die Another Day'
Ursula Andress in the legendary white bikini from 'Dr No'
Daniel Craig in his blue trunks from 'Casino Royale'
Bond's famous Aston Martin DB5
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

EVERY Bond fan has a favourite film, a favourite gadget and a favourite villain.

And now lovers of the famous super-suave spy will be able to immerse themselves in his world with a new exhibition.

'Designing 007 -- Fifty Years of Bond Style' promises to showcase more than 400 Bond archive items for the first time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the popular film franchise.

Although the London exhibition is due to tour internationally over the next three years, it is not clear if it will come here -- even though Irish-born actor Pierce Brosnan donned the tux for four films.

Among the items on display will be the white bikini worn by Ursula Andress when she famously emerged from the sea in 'Dr No', the first of the films starring Sean Connery.

It will be displayed alongside the item it later inspired -- Halle Berry's orange bikini in 'Die Another Day', with Mr Brosnan.

There will also be Daniel Craig's sky-blue trunks from 'Casino Royale'.


For those not interested in 'fashion', other exhibits include Scaramanga's golden gun from 'The Man with the Golden Gun', Oddjob's steel-rimmed bowler hat, and the prototype of Rosa Klebb's deadly flick-knife shoes worn in 'From Russia with Love'.

Vehicles include the famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which returned to the screen in 'Goldeneye', Mr Brosnan's first outing as Bond, as well as the BMW motorcycle from his second outing, 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.

The exhibition, guest-curated by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, runs at the Barbican Centre in London between July 6 and September 5.

The latest Bond movie 'Skyfall', again starring Daniel Craig, is in production and due for release later this year.

Irish Independent

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