New Bond Exhibit To Open At TIFF Bell Lightbox

Display looks at the craft behind one of the world's most successful spies.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

A new exhibition is opening up at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, and it explores the guns, gadgets, and women of the Bond flicks over the years.

Making its North American premiere following its unveiling at London’s Barbican Centre this past summer, "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" is the largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards, and other intriguing artifacts from the film series. Visitors can check out signature Bond items like the steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in 1962's "Dr. No", the poker table from "Casino Royale" (2006), and multiple gadgets from Q Branch.

There will also be three accompanying film programmes as well as special guests and educational workshops. "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" is an exploration of the distinctive design, craftsmanship, and style of the world’s most famous secret agent.

"This exhibition really allows you to explore just what goes into making blockbuster movie magic happen and what it takes to get a film like a Bond movie up on the big screen," said Jesse Wente, head of film programs for TIFF Bell Lightbox, to The Canadian Press. "It's just exciting to be a movie fan and see something like this."

"Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" opens this Friday.