Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S 00 Heaven

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S 00 Heaven

Article excerpt

It took Ian Fleming just eight weeks to write his first James Bond novel but the legacy of his eponymous spy has been far less fleeting.

Fi f ty yea r s a f ter 007 f i r st made it on to the big screen in D r No (see Sean Connery, above) a Barbican exhibition is celebrating with a stunning display of Bond gadget s , clothes and pa rapherna l ia , such as Jaws' metal teeth (until 5 September).

Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style has more than 400 such items, playfully arranged in rooms recalling Bond's own stomping ground: a casino, M's office, and so on . There i s Ur su la And res s's white bikini, Scaramanga's golden gun, even an A ston Ma r t in DB5, although sadly the Sean Connery leaning nonchalantly against it is a replica. It is, says Bronwyn Co sg rave , co-cu rator, 'the on ly EON production where James Bond is a supporting character'. …

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