Designing Bond

As usual, Bond is my literary companion for the summer. Ian Fleming’s Bond novels are perfect for the holidays as they are both superbly entertaining and make for light reading. In Bond’s world, the minutest details matter and lenghty descriptions of character’s outer appearance give insight not only to the  characters themselves but also to the inner workings of how Bond – a secret agent – sees the world and the people that surround him.

Fleming’s flair for descriptiveness and the exciting world of espionage with its ever chancing surroundings is beautifully translated in the Bond movies. While the film makers have always taken some artistic liberties, Bond’s world has always remained that of style. From the highly stylised and over  the top sets to the secret agent gizmos and fancy suits, the outer appearance of both Bond and his surroundings have been tailor made for each film and to suit each Bond.

The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of an iconic movie brand. Below are a couple of videos that shine a light on the creation of design and artistic vision of the Bond films.

Award winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and a handful of bespoke tailors who have been instrumental in shaping and crafting this icon of style over 50 years explain the detail and thought process that goes into creating the style of Bond.

The creation of the iconic world inhabited by James Bond for over 50 years is no small feat. Award winning set designer Sir Ken Adams, Aston Martin’s Head of Design Marek Reichman and the designers and the makers of the legendary Golden Gun share their thoughts on the creation of Bond’s world.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at the Barbican 6 Jul – 5 Sep 2012, be sure to check out the Martini bar for Bond-style cocktails.

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