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Toronto – Whether you know him best as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or Daniel Craig, we all know him as Bond; James Bond. Tall, dark, and handsome, yet devilish, armed, and dangerous, Ian Fleming’s MI6 secret agent is the definition of iconic, influential, and indelible.
Starting October 26th, TIFF Bell Lightbox presents the North American Premiere of Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, the most comprehensive James Bond exhibition ever. Running until January 20th, the showcase will explore the craft behind the Bond phenomenon, from the villains and femme fatales, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, and gadgets and special effects.
Notable highlights include Bond’s Samsonite briefcase with diamonds from Die Another Day (2002), his Omega Watch from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), his bathing trunks from Casino Royale (2006), his Tom Ford tuxedo from Quantum of Solace (2008), Scaramanga’s golden gun and 007 bullet from The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Oddjob’s steel-rimmed hat from Goldfinger (1964), and a life-size replica of ‘golden girl’ Jill Masterson. Those craving for the upcoming Bond installment, Skyfall, will be treated to new and previously unseen artifacts from the film.
Scaramanga’s Golden Gun and 007 bullet. 
Ken Adam’s concept art for the laser table.
Miniature model of ‘Wet Nellie’ the amphibious Lotus Esprit.
Dr No’s Underground Apartment.
Rosa Klebb’s flick knife shoes. 
Harry Lange’s artwork for exterior space station.
Dummy Jet Pack Plan.
First edition hardback Goldfinger, 1959.
Jill Masterson in Goldfinger. 
There will also be a series of public and school workshops that allow patrons to follow the progression of the James Bond character from page to screen and learn how 007 shaped trends in advertising, technological innovation and media culture. Noah Cowan, TIFF Bell Lightbox Artistic Director, says that the exhibition will “enrich the cinematic experience both on screen and off” and “provide audiences with a unique context to understand and enjoy the immense riches of the Bond Legacy.”
John Glen, director and editor of several James Bond films, is slated to appear at the exhibit on Monday December 10th at 7p.m. as a part of In Conversation With… to discuss his over twenty year involvement with the franchise. Immediately following, Glen will introduce a screening of Octopussy (1983).
Running parallel to Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style are three film programmes presented by TIFF Cinematheque.
Before the North American release of Skyfall on November 9, Shaken, Not Stirred: Bond on Film will screen the James Bond series in chronological order. From Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), the programme, which runs from October 27 to January 20, is a great way for audiences to watch the evolution of 007.
Bond vs. Blofeld is a six-film marathon, starting 7p.m. on October 26 until 1p.m. October 27, featuring Bond and his arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Screenings include From Russia With Love (1963), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), and For Your Eyes Only (1981).
Beyond Bond: The Other Secret Agents is a sidebar programme that features spy films from Europe, Asia and the US that sprang up in response to the popularity and influence of the Bond films. Screenings range from a more serious take on the genre, such as The Ipcress File (1965), to films with more camp and satire, such as OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009). The programme runs from November 9 to January 18.
From the press release: TIFF Members get free access to Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style and can purchase James Bond film programme tickets starting October 9. Tickets for the exhibition and film programmes go on sale October 17 for non-members. Non-member single exhibition tickets are $15 plus tax (child/student/senior discounts available). Combo pack (film and exhibition) is $22 plus tax and can be purchased on the phone and in person only. Timed-entry ticketing will guarantee visitors entrance at their chosen time.
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