Bond girls on Dubai mis­sion

See the spy’s stylish his­tory

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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’.”

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).

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