James Bond 50th Anniversary Exhibition Coming Soon to the Barbican


The Barbican is all set to host an exhibition to mark the 50th birthday of the James Bond franchise.

Although the Barbican is a pretty slick venue for a celebration of all things James Bond I feel that a hollowed out volcano somewhere in the South Pacific, complete with Ninjas would have really made the event go off with a bang. Still can’t have everything I guess.

Given the amount of outlandish sets, clothes and gadgets that have been part of the Bond franchise over the last 50 years this should be one hell of an exhibition when it opens in July (booking opens Thurs 1 March) .

I’m just hoping they will be doing helicopter tours around London as part of the exhibition in Little Nelly.

It also give me the excuse to use this fab trailer for Bond 50 – The James Bond film collection on sparkly Blu-Ray.

Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world’s most influential and iconic movie brand.

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, Lindy Hemming, Ronald Patterson, Emma Porteous, and Jany Temime.

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 OscarĀ®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: Barbican

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