Fashion, fast cars: show eyes Bond film style legacy
By Mike Collett-White
LONDON (Reuters) - Suave, sophisticated, sexist - James Bond has meant many things to many people since he first hit the screen 50 years ago. A new exhibition marking the big anniversary looks at another side of the fictional secret agent - his role as trend-setter.
"Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" opens at London's Barbican Centre on Friday and traces the importance of fashion and design in the 22 official Bond movies released so far.
It is one of a series of events celebrating 50 years since the release of "Dr. No", the first in the record-breaking film franchise that starred Sean Connery in the main role and launched one of the most famous characters in movie history.
Bond-mania is likely to go into overdrive when "Skyfall", number 23 in the series and the third Bond featuring Daniel Craig in the lead, hits theatres in October and November.
"I think it is an aspect that is sometimes overlooked, and the show points out how influential Bond's style and design has been through the decades," said Neil McConnon of the arts division of Barbican International Enterprises.
He worked alongside co-curators Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming to put together the exhibition, which will tour internationally over the next three years, underlining the movies' global appeal.
"I really do think the film franchise has been ahead of is time."
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