Dubai to host James Bond exhibition

Posted: 19-Oct-16 12:36

An exhibit celebrating the iconic James Bond will be featured at the Burj Khalifa from November through February of 2017. Designing 007, a travelling exhibit, will make its first appearance in the Middle East. The exhibit is a dream for Bond fans; in addition to the spy’s Aston Martin, Bond gadgets, costumes, and props are included.

Dubai to host James Bond exhibition

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will host a traveling exhibition titled Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style from November 14 through February 13, 2017. The exhibition premiered at the Barbican Centre in London in 2012, and has since travelled to Toronto, Mexico City, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow, Rotterdam, Madrid, and Paris.

Fans of James Bond will get to view a wealth of 007 memorabilia. The Gold Room includes Scaramanga’s Golden Gun. There is also a remarkably lifelike replica of a golden Shirley Eaton, complete with the smell of fresh paint. Perhaps the most iconic image associated with Bond, his Aston Martin, is also on display.

Designing 007 is the largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever dedicated to the fictional spy, whose film franchise spans fifty years. In addition to such iconic Bond memorabilia as the Golden Gun and the famous Aston Martin, the exhibition also includes numerous gadgets, costumes, props, and storyboards. The exhibit is guest-curated by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming. It is designed by Ab Rogers. The designers were given total access to the library of Bond films, and consequently, clips of Bond’s adventures play continuously throughout the exhibit.

The exhibit is not only memorabilia, however. It also focuses on the behind-the-scenes work in making Bond films, with a particular emphasis on music and fashion. David Morris’s jewellery is showcased, including the $140,000 necklace worn by Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies.

The Bond films, which began in 1962 with Dr. No, are the longest-running film franchise and have been a pop culture staple for over half a century. Six actors have portrayed the famous spy in twenty-four films, and several of the films’ theme songs have won Academy Awards.
The Dubai exhibition marks the first time that Designing 007 will visit the Middle East. The exhibit will be located in the tower annex of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. There will be Bond-themed props and décor in other locations around the city, including the Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain. Tickets for the exhibit go on sale on October 15 and can be booked online at www.burjkhalifa.ae.

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