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Designing 007

Mr Bond arrives to Melbourne to show off all aspects of his world

Words by: Matthew Stephenson
Photography by: Melbourne Museum

James Bond: A name synonymous with exotic locations, luxurious cars, expensive suits, beautiful women, and of course, vodka martinis. But who was responsible for these iconic traits? How was a simple series of British spy novels transformed into a timeless worldwide filmic phenomenon? Well, funny you should ask. The Melbourne Museum is currently home to the amazingly informative Designing 007 exhibition which will answer all these questions and more!

Caption – Bond (Daniel Craig) takes in the view of the countryside that he grew up in, the Scottish highlands Copyright Notice – Skyfall ©2012 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

The impressive exhibition may not occupy much physical space within the enormous Melbourne Museum, but boy is it packed full of information. In fact it is chock-full of over 400 physical items from concept drawings to actual props and costumes that featured in the films themselves.

Caption – Silva (Javier Bardem) and his men force Bond (Daniel Craig) to play a deadly game with Severine in the dead city, Pinewood Studios Copyright Notice – Skyfall © 2012 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

The winding path through the exhibition ushers you through a number of themed rooms, many of which focus on a certain aspect of the James Bond experience. For example there is a room dedicated solely to the costumes featured in the Bond films, another focused entirely on the use of gold in the films, and my personal favourite, a room dedicated to all the gadgets Bond has used throughout his adventures.

Copyright Notice – Skyfall ©2012 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Designing 007 exhibition offers a wealth of riches for James Bond fans and has enough educational value to make it a worthwhile trip even the non-Bond fanatic. Check it out before it leaves Melbourne and travels to more exotic locations around the globe.

Designing 007 is currently on exhibition at the Melbourne Museum and will end on the 23 February 2014
For more information and tickets about Designing 007 click here.

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