Do you like your martini’s shaken, not stirred? Were you first in line to see Skyfall and can’t wait for the next movie? Do you like wearing tuxedos for no apparent reason?
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street W., Toronto, ON) might have just the answer for you. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond recently made its North American premiere in Toronto and is the largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever devoted to the fictional British secret service agent. It features costumes, props, models, gadgets and even concept artwork and storyboard from one of the most famous movie franchises in history.
Want a taste?
You can see:
– The steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
– The Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962)
– The poker table from Casino Royale (2006)
– Multiple techie gadgets from Q Branch
In addition to movie props, the exhibit also offers three film programmes, special guests, and educational workshops to bury you with a bevy of Bond barbs.
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond also teaches you about the global significance of the films and Bond at 50. On select days, you have the opportunity to see how other movies were inspired by Bond. These include challengers, imitators, knock-offs and spoofs. “Beyond Bond” offers a continent-spanning survey of 007’s cinematic spawn. You can see Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor, Michel Hazanavicius’ OSS 117: Lost in Rio, Sidney J. Furie’s The Ipcress File, Geoffrey Reeve’s Puppet on a Chain, Joseph Losey’s Modesty Blaise, Stephan Chow & Lik-Chi Lees From Beijing With Love, Ralph Thomas’ Deadlier Than The Male, Frank Pierson’s The Looking Glass War, and Phil Karlson’s The Silencers. For a full schedule, check out tiff.net
Finally, for the kids… don’t forget to check out “James Bond and the Magic of Gadgets” which allows kids between 12-16 to work with electronic toys and problem-solve their way through Bond-style adventure.
Toronto is the second city in the world to show Designing 007, which premiered at London’s Barbican arts venue last summer and which will tour for the next three. Most of the material is sourced from the vaults of EON Productions, the British firm that produces the films.
The exhibit is free for TIFF members and costs $15/adult, $12/students & seniors and $10.50/child.
The Bond exhibit runs until January 20 at the Lightbox and is the perfect weekend day trip for all.
Here’s a video about the exhibit:
More information is available at tiff.net/bond