Melbourne Museum to exclusively showcase over 400 objects from Bond’s fifty years in celluloid

Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Victoria, Louise Asher officially announced on February 13 that the Coalition Government, through the Victorian Major Events Company, together with the Melbourne Museum, is bringing the exclusive exhibition Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style, to Melbourne from November 1 this year.

Ms Asher said the collection features over 400 objects from Bond’s fifty years in celluloid and is coming to Melbourne as its only Australian destination, following a successful run at the Barbican Centre London and the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

“Melbourne Museum will be home to the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 which famously returned to the screen in SKYFALL and Pierce Brosnan’s BMW motorcycle from Tomorrow Never Dies,” Ms Asher said.

“Other highlights from the exhibition to be showcased here in Melbourne include the steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1997); storyboards for Diamonds are Forever (1971); the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962); the poker table from Casino Royale (2006); multiple gadgets from Q Branch including the attaché case given to Bond in From Russia With Love (1963); and the original 1961 United Artists/EON Productions contract to produce the James Bond film series.

“The curators of this exhibition have had complete access to the entire Bond movie archive to source material that will not only delight Bond fans, but those with an interest in cinematic history,” Ms Asher said.

“I congratulate the Victorian Major Events Company for their work in securing this exhibition for Melbourne, the work of the Melbourne Museum in bringing the exhibition to the city.

“I am certain that the universal appeal of Bond, together with Melbourne’s tourism and major events calendar, will draw visitors to Victoria and contribute to the state’s $15.9 billion tourism industry,” Ms Asher said.

Museum Victoria CEO Patrick Greene said the Museum was delighted to bring such a popular exhibition to Melbourne.

“James Bond is a style icon and it is very fitting that this exhibition will be visiting Melbourne, Australia’s design capital. Given the huge impact that SKYFALL is currently having, with multiple sold-out sessions at IMAX Melbourne Museum, I am sure that Designing 007 will excite many Victorians,” Dr Greene said.

Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style is curated by the Barbican Centre in London, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Academy Award®– winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, and designed by Ab Rogers, in partnership with EON productions.

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