007 and Bond girls ‘on show’

A new exhibition exploring the famous James Bond theme opens in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential silver screen franchises of all times. The exhibition, Designing 007 — Fifty Years of Bond Style, tells the inside story of the design and style of the 23 iconic films, featuring over 400 costumes, props, photos, set pieces and design drawings.

‘The sets, costumes and gadgets are today considered equally as iconic as the man himself, and that’s what we hope to illuminate,’ Barbican Center co-curator Bronwyn Cosgrave said on the eve of the Friday opening.

Highlights include costumes created by Armani, Gucci, Prada, Versace and other fashion designers for the six actors who have played Agent 007 as well as clothes designed for his adversaries and, of course, the ‘Bond girls’. It also showcases Scaramanga’s 'Golden Gun’, Oddjob’s deadly bowler hat, and flick-knife shoes worn by Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love.
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