Designing 007: 50 years of Bond style

December 30, 2014

e_744Today I decided, together with my husband, to pay a visit to the exhibition “Designing 007: 50 years of Bond style”

More than 500 items including costumes, gadgets, props, storyboards and original photographs are on show. Celebrating 50 years of the James Bond franchise, the exhibition focuses on Bond’s influence on art, music, lifestyle, automotive design, travel, technology and fashion over the course of the past five decades.

We visited the exhibition at “De Kunsthal”  in Rotterdam, but it has been traveling worldwide so it can be seen in many places around the world.

I have been a Bond fan for quite some time, so this show is one I definitely wanted to see. But was it worth the time and money? To be short, no it was not. The show was very small, it took us about 1 hour to get through the whole thing without rushing. There a lot of items on show and of course you can look at them one by one, but face it, I don’t have to see 10 drawings of the same set design to know what they look like.

Also there were monitors with clips from movies showing. I noticed a lot of people standing around the monitors and just watching the same clip over and over again. But haven’t we all seen the movies at home several times? Do we really need to see the same clip over and over again?

I have no idea if it was just the place we visited, but the exhibition was literally jammed into one small hall. Because there were a lot of people, lines were forming very quickly everywhere. Passages are small and everyone of course stops to look at things, so expect long waits everywhere. And on the side, the place was very very hot.

So as a Bond fan, I’m glad I saw the show, but I don’t think I would have missed anything if I didn’t go. The show has been advertised a lot around the country, but afterwards I kind of felt the show wasn’t as good as I thought. With a little more thought and room, it could have been so much better and so much more.

And to top it all of, for some strange reason it was not allowed to take pictures once inside. No explanation or whatever, just a big sign that said “no pictures allowed” Probably a copyright thing I imagine, but at least explain this to visitors.


Highlights from the exhibition include the steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in DR. NO, the poker table from CASINO ROYALE and an array of vehicles and gadgets including the attaché case from FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Pierce Brosnan’s BMW motorcycle from TOMORROW NEVER DIES and the iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from SKYFALL.

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