007th heaven: From Ursula Andress's bikini to Daniel Craig's trunks, the iconic props from 50 years of James Bond movies
- Exhibition of famous costumes and items from half a century of the movie franchise go on display at the Barbican Centre in London
- Style icons range from Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 to more modern classics such as Halle Berry's orange two-piece from Die Another Day
Some of the most memorable images and items from film have gone on display as a half century of secret agent James Bond is celebrated in a new exhibition.
More than 400 items have been assembled as part of Designing 007: 50 years of Bond Style.
Many exhibits, revealed at a press preview, come from famous moments in the films and are synonymous with the series.
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The bikini worn by Ursula Andress as she emerges from the sea in the first Bond film Dr. No (1962) are on show
Style icon: Visitors walk past a Sean Connery waxwork and the famous Aston Martin DB5 at the Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition
Visitors look at a tuxedo worn by James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, in the film 'Quantum of Solace' on display in the exhibition 'Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style' at the Barbican centre in London
The exhibition opens with an immediate wow factor, as film posters stretch along a corridor where a replica Sean Connery leans against his beautiful 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
The white bikini Ursula Andress wore as she emerged from the sea in Dr No’s jaw-dropping beach scene is also on display alongside other but slightly less renowned swimwear.
The bikini, quite tiny close up, is displayed alongside Halle Berry’s orange two-piece from Die Another Day and a recreation of Sir Sean Connery’s shorts from Thunderball.
Current Bond Daniel Craig, set to reappear in Skyfall in the autumn, won over many female Bond fans when he wore a pair of tight blue trunks in Casino Royale.
The trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royal, right, when he climbs out of the sea in the Bahamas are on display
Bikini worn by Halle Berry playing Jix in Die Another Day is on display as part of the Designing 007: Fifty Year's of James Bond Style exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London
Many of James Bond's personal effects, including his Walther PPKs, cigarette lighter, and multiple identity documents are on show
Pierce Brosnan's 007 passport, which bears the name Alex Smith with the date of birth May 6, 1960,
These are also part of the display which will tour internationally after the show closes at London’s Barbican in September.
Oscar-winning costume designer and co-curator Lindy Hemming said: ‘This is an exhibition which deals with design in film.
‘So we have entered the archives which EON have collected over the years and we have tried to take pieces, interesting objects which would help us to understand design in films and the objects range from gadgets, clothing, jewellery, wonderful drawings of sets and models of sets and artwork.
‘It is a vast array of different things.
The 'Hasselblad Gun' - named after the make of camera which was converted into a lethal weapon on the film - was used in the James Bond film 'Licenced to Kill' and is one of the star attractions at the exhibition
The famous Golden Gun, used by villain Scaramanga, is part of the display showcasing iconic image from half a century of James Bond films
The 1974 film The Man With The Golden Gun starred Christopher Lee as villain Francisco Scaramanga and Roger Moore
One of the most famous smiles in film history, Jaws's metal teeth and the mould worn by Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me, form part of the show
‘They are all themed in a world that gives you the feel of being in a Bond film.
‘Bond films have been responsible for the British film industry working constantly over the years when there were other lulls and therefore kept many technicicans in employment.’
Hemming, who has worked on various Hollywood hits, said she hoped crowds flocked to the exhibition.
Describing her role, she said: ‘It’s magic - you go on your own adventure, you are given a mission and you go on an adventure and it ends up that you have produced a film and the film is captured on celluloid so you can look at your own work and that is exciting.
The exhibition includes a recreation of the actress Jill Masterson covered in gold paint, a famous scene from the film Goldfinger
The model of Jill Masterson's golden body from the 1964 Goldfinger is one of the centre pieces
In this scene from the 1964 film Goldfinger, James Bond discovers his lover killed by being covered in gold
‘It has been an amazing thing to do and I am really glad we have been able to pull it off and hope people come and learn from or enjoy it.’
The numerous Bond villains have a starring role in the exhibition which also showcases Scaramanga’s golden gun, Oddjob’s deadly bowler hat and Rosa Klebb’s flick-knife shoes from From Russia With Love.
But the exhibition also goes beyond the MI6 agent and looks at his creator, Ian Fleming, who based many stories and character traits on his own experiences, knowledge and friends.
The experience covers 14 different topics and includes a recreation of spymaster M’s office, a look at the recurring importance of casinos in Bond films, an ‘ice palace’ showing outfits and items from Bond’s snowy adventures and concludes with a 007 Martini Bar.
Further details are at www.barbican.org.uk/bond.
James Bond's amphibious Lotus Esprit, which was used in the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', is one of the dozens of iconic items on display in the exhibition 'Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style' at the Barbican centre in London
The amphibious Lotus Esprit was one of the lasting images from the 1977 Jame Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me
A line of movie posters from half a century of Bond films greet visitors to the Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition
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