Video: Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style Preview

James Bond and Ian Fleming aficionados will be salivating to get to the Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style Exhibition at Melbourne Museum before it ends in February 2014. Pop culture fans of the world these are the events we live for! We no longer visit museums to read about prehistoric dinosaurs, well some of you still might, but you probably don’t get out very much.

The exhibition celebrates the 50th Year Anniversary of Bond Films and features a range of items salvaged from the movie sets and archives of Bond films from Dr No to Skyfall, including replicas of items that collectors would find difficult to part with. The exhibition is guest curated by costume designer Lindy Hemming (Oscar award winner) and fashion-historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and spans 12 themed rooms.

The treasures are a collection of efforts between the Barbican Centre of London, and EON Productions the production company behind Bond who allowed designer Ab Rogers unprecedented access to their archives.

Featuring memorabilia from Goldeneye and The Man With a Golden Gun with many golden things: golden guns, gold suits, gold vests, gold bullion, a replica Britt Ekland on a bed painted in gold! You’ll love seeing the vehicles, ammunition and crazy gadgets that Q has created to defend Bond over the years, including the detailed engineering diagrams.

You’ll see a BAFTA award, Shirley Bassey’s gold vinyl, Fleming’s typewriter and original novel cover jackets, lots of sexy costumes and dashing suits, including props from Casino Royale. You’ll want to nab M’s British bulldog paperweight in the re-creation of M’s office – but never fear, you can buy your own in the 007 gift shop! Yes, you heard correctly – bring your inheritance!

Check out the teeny tiny Moonraker spacesuits that would look amazing on a cat (isn’t that what YouTube is for?). Be amazed by the artistic impressions, and follow along the key scenes in the film storyboards. Visit the amazing cities featured in Bond, and get up close and personal with the Bond villains. Well, don’t get close to Jaw’s impressive teeth – they might actually bite.

You can pose (but no touchy, touchy) with two of Bond’s stunning Aston Martin cars. Firstly, with the 1964 sexy silver DB5 that was the highlight of Skyfall (and originally in Goldeneye). You’ll even be freaked out by the replica statue of Sean Connery as Bond lounging about on the DB5. Have they captured the essence of Connery of today or yesteryear? I don’t know, but it’s spooky.

Secondly, you can drool over the luscious green DBS from 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (the only Bond film with Australia’s own George Lazenby) that reminded me of cruising around in the 60’s (which never happened for those of you on FactCheck).

My personal favourite was seeing Oddjob’s deadly weapon – his bowler hat. I can still remember being decapitated from the hat by a shifty little Oddjob in the multiplayer of Rare’s epic game Goldeneye 007. I’ll get you one day Oddjob and your damn henchmen!

The Melbourne Museum will be open on Melbourne Cup Day, hint, hint.

Don your best threads and pour a martini, Mr James Bond is in town, Melbourne.

Exhibition Dates: 1 November 2013 – 23 February 2014

Melbourne Museum Opening Hours:

  • Daily 10am–5pm
  • Friday Night Bond Bar 5pm-9pm in January & February only
  • Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults $24-$34
  • Concession $14
  • Museum Members $10-$14
  • Group Tickets & Packages Available

Ticket Sales:
Buy Tickets Online at Melbourne Museum

The perfect Christmas gift for the Bond lovers in your life? Yes, indeedy.

Ian Fleming's Goldfinger novel, Illustration by Richard Chopping (Photo by Chris Drumm, Flickr)

Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger novel, Illustration by Richard Chopping (Photo by Chris Drumm, Flickr)

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About noisynoodle

I am a noisy noodle hailing from Melbourne, Australia who loves listening to noise in all forms, but preferably in music, TV and film. I’ve moonlighted on community radio at SYN-FM many years ago when I was still a “youth”. My mission is to promote live music (get off your bum and see something!), highlight interesting TV shows that are ignored by the ratings, expose some cool films and to not go deaf trying!

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