Toronto, October 28, 2012 – You’ll be hard pressed to find a greater Bond fan than me. After all, I describe my personal style as Bond Villain Chic and once dated a future Bond woman/extra in university. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that London’s Barbican exhibit was coming to Toronto. Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style is having its North American premiere here at the TIFF Lightbox and last Thursday, they held an opening gala in celebration of the launch.
The party itself was incredible – one of the best I’ve been to all year. It was so well organized from entry to exit and all the live music, food, drinks, casino, and painted gold women in between. I’m proud to say that after a long day at World MasterCard Fashion Week, I went the distance at the roulette table. Unfortunately, I eventually lost everything. The good news however is that all winnings and losses went to charity.
In the five decades since Dr. No’s premiere, James Bond has not only headlined the most successful franchise in film history, he has made an indelible impact on the worlds of art, music, fashion, technology, travel, automotive design, and lifestyle. Designing 007 is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Bond and features costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series.
Signature Bond items featured in the exhibition include the steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962); the poker table from Casino Royale (2006); and multiple gadgets from Q Branch.
Complemented by three accompanying film programmes, special guests and educational workshops, Designing 007 is an unprecedented exploration of the distinctive design, craftsmanship and style of the world’s most famous secret agent. The exhibit was so fascinating, that I promise one visit is not enough. In fact, I will be going back to see it again. For a sneak peek take a look at the video at the top of this post and the CNN feature. More information including hours of operation and directions at tiff.net/bond.
Post Photos (Watermarked): Spiro Mandylor, Olympus Digital Photography
Gallery Photos: Nick Lee, Best of Toronto