Who is your favourite James Bond of all time? The franchise celebrates 50 years

by Chi Ibe

He’s the world most famous secret agent and his name is Bond… James Bond.

For half a century one spy has defeated and outsmarted, every villain thrown his way.

To celebrate 50 years of the 007 action, an exhibition in London has opened showcasing the first Bond Girl’s bikini and over 400 other items.

 the exhibition traces the design of the one of the world’s most profitable film franchises from Scaramanga’s golden gun to Daniel Craig’s tiny trunks in the 2006 remake of “Casino Royale,” the Barbican Centre exhibition in London allows fans to follow in 007’s footsteps on a journey from 1962 up through Bond’s golden anniversary ahead of “Skyfall”, which is due to be released in October.

Exhibition co-curator Bronwyn Cosgrave told the CNN how adventure films have come and gone, but James Bond has remained a huge box office draw throughout. “And he’s also the best-dressed man in cinema history. Shirley Eaton’s golden body is one of the most iconic Bond images, and we went to great lengths to cast a form — not just a mannequin — to painstakingly make a body that resembled her nubile proportions from Goldfinger,” Cosgrave said.

Fans are greeted at the gallery’s exhibition by a waxwork of Sean Connery leaning against a replica of Bond’s famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5 car, the CNN reports. From there, a bullet-shaped entry way leads through to the Gold Room, which features a life-sized recreation of character Jill Masterson’s death by gold paint from the 1964 film “Goldfinger.”

The exhibition’s narrative arc is formulated much like a Bond film: visitors pass through M’s office, where Britain’s top spy received his mission orders, to Q Branch, where he picked up his latest gadgets.

A montage of the casino scenes from every Bond film play on the walls of the casino room before visitors take a trip through the “real, fictional, and otherworldly” exotic locations of 007’s many adventures.

The exhibition also traces the evolution of Bond’s formidable wardrobe, from Connery’s Savile Row-made tuxedos to Pierce Brosnan’s Brioni suits, and showcases a number of Bond Girl dresses, including Halle Berry’s Versace dress from “Die Another Day.”

Cosgrave and her colleagues dug deep into the 007 archive in order to find pieces that evoke design in Bond films.

 

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