Bond girls on Dubai mission
See the spy’s stylish history
Bond, James Bond, lived a dangerous and lavish lifestyle. See how designers and filmmakers turned that into reality at the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition opening today at The Annex, Burj Khalifa. The curated show, in cooperation with EON Productions archives, features more than 500 items from the different James Bond movies. It is a celebration of the craftsmanship and ambition of the popular franchise. The gadgets, gowns, suits, story boards and even the Aston Martin car that made the series remarkable will be on display until February 13. The exhibit was first launched in 2012, the golden anniversary of the film franchise, at the Barbican Centre London. Now the iconic Bond lifestyle lands at the iconic Dubai venue. Guest curator Bronwyn Cosgrave was at the preview, also attended by former Bond girls Tonia Sotiropoulou (Skyfall), Irka Bochenko (Moonraker) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale). Cosgrave said: “There is a great synergy between our show and Dubai. Our show celebrates every aspect of design of the James Bond film series and Dubai has come of age as the capital of design and luxury.” Cosgrave added the exhibit allows visitor to follow the footsteps of the spy: “It was about working with the archive and assembling items that would tell a story and Bond’s adventures. It was more about creating an experience that really triggered a memory for someone and saying ‘Oh I remember seeing that’.” firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Richard Kiel played Jaws. With his dental weaponry of these razor sharp steel teeth and towering menace, Jaws was a popular character, so much so that his scripted demise at the end of the film was given an alternative ending allowing him to reappear in the next Bond epic Moonraker, in which he is transformed from 007’s adversary to an ally.
MI6’s ‘Q Branch’ is the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service. Weapons expert Q showcased interesting gadgets back then. In the film Live and Let Die (1973), he introduced the first ever digital watch and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) featured a prototype of the flip mobile phone.
Among the items in the Gold Room, which is the first part of the exhibit, is the recreated dinner jacket worn by actor Gert Frobe as the villain Auric Goldfinger in Goldfinger (1964).