The Barbican in London will present a major exhibition dedicated to the style and design aspects of the James Bond films. The exhibit will run from 6 July to 5 September, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the film series. Here is an official announcement:
With unprecedented access to EON’s archive, Designing
007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style is a multi-sensory experience
where screen icons, costumes, production design, automobiles,
gadgets, special effects, graphic design, exotic locations, weapons,
stunts and props combine to immerse the audience in the creation
and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.
Highlights include gadgets and weapons made for Bond and his
notorious adversaries by special effects experts John Stears,
Syd Cain and Chris Corbould; artwork for sets and storyboards
by production designers Sir Ken Adam and Peter Lamont and costume
designs by Bumble Dawson, Donfeld, Julie Harris, Lindy Hemming,
Ronald Patterson, Emma Porteous, and Jany Temime.
On display too will be lavish screen finery produced for the
six actors who played Bond and his sidekicks over five decades
by Hollywood costume designers and major fashion names including
Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Hubert de
Givenchy, Gucci’s Frida Giannini, Douglas Hayward, Rifat
Ozbek, Jenny Packham, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Anthony
Sinclair, Philip Treacy, Emanuel Ungaro and Donatella Versace.
Lindy Hemming, costume designer says, “In our exhibition,
we intend, having explored the contents of the extensive EON
archives, to thrill visitors with an insight into some of the
design processes involved in the many different areas of making
the Bond films.”
Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones of The Monkees.
Singer/actor Davy Jones of the 1960s pop group The Monkees has died in Florida at age 66. Jones began his career as young actor in British TV series including Coronation Street and Z Cars. He flirted with the notion of becoming a jockey but ended up playing with Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith as the group The Monkees, which took the world by storm in 1966 through their popular TV series. The group broke up in 1971 but has successfully reunited for tours several times since then, though Nesmith was generally not involved. Jones also continued to perform his solo act and was scheduled to hold a concert at the end of March. For more click here
Here's a nice video tribute to the A.C. Gilbert 1965 James Bond 007 Road Race Set featuring the Aston Martin DB5. The elaborately produced toy was quite expensive in the day and sold only in Sears Roebuck stores. Unfortunately, the toy contributed mightily to the financial demise of Gilbert when countless people returned the set due to mechanical defects. However, the set remains extremely valuable on the collector's circuit, often selling for well over $1,000. To view click here