007 heaven

Emirates Man - - CULTURE -

It’s one of the most stylish movie fran­chises in Hol­ly­wood his­tory and now, as part of the 50th an­niver­sary of the film that launched the James Bond series, DrNo, Burj Khal­ifa is host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion De­sign­ing007:FiftyYearsOfBondStyle. While DrNo ac­tu­ally turned 50 in 2012, af­ter de­but­ing at London’s Bar­bican Cen­tre that year, De­sign­ing007 was so well re­ceived it went on a world tour and was ex­hib­ited

in Toronto, Shang­hai, Mel­bourne, Moscow, Rot­ter­dam, Madrid, Mex­ico City and Paris. Now in Dubai, res­i­dents can wit­ness the craft be­hind the sets, the mu­sic, gad­gets, ve­hi­cles, tech­nol­ogy and fash­ion that ap­peared in the films over the course of five decades. Among the items on dis­play are Scara­manga’s golden gun from TheManWithTheGold­enGun, Daniel Craig’s wardrobe from Casi­noRoyale (in­clud­ing those blue swim­ming trunks), and the Spec­tre As­ton Martin DB10, which, to be fair, is per­haps less of a draw here given the As­ton Martin deal­er­ship in the shadow of the Burj has a far more im­pres­sive col­lec­tion for fans. Nonethe­less, the un­doubted ap­peal for fans stems from the fact ev­ery­thing on dis­play was used in the iconic films. From Roger Moore’s white tuxedo in Oc­to­pussy and space­suit in Moon­raker to

Od­djob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat from Goldfin­ger, it’s a nos­tal­gic wan­der through props from the films fans grew up watch­ing.

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