Bond at the Burj Khalifa: Designing 007 comes to Dubai

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Designing 007 – a display of items which define the cinematic world of James Bond – is now open at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

A golden gun, a deadly bowler hat and an Aston Martin DB5 are among the items on display along with costumes, props and sketches.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is a travelling exhibition that’s been all over the world since opening in London in 2012. Since its successful debut at the Barbican Centre, , the travelling show has been exhibited in Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow, Rotterdam, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris.

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Visitors are greeted by the Aston Martin DB5 from 1964’s Goldfinger, which was brought back to life in 2012’s Skyfall, complete with its original numberplate (BMT 216A).

Other highlights include a golden figure sprawled on a bed replicates the scene from Goldfinger in which Jill Masterson is killed by the villain by being painted head to toe in gold paint.

The razor-brimmed bowler hat belonging to Goldfinger’s sidekick Oddjob sits nearby.

There are numerous costumes from the films, including the Day of the Dead outfits worn in the opening sequence of Spectre.

Roger Moore’s classic white tuxedo jacket from 1983’s Octopussy is also on show as are gowns worn by an array of women characters and the famous orange bikini worn by Halle Berry in Die Another Day.

A major part of the exhibition is the work of production designer Ken Adam who worked on most of the early Bond films and set the tone for the franchise’s look. His sketches of Fort Knox in felt tip pen and the lairs of Bond villains are a highlight. TV screens show clips from the movies that feature items which correspond with pieces on display.

The exhibition runs until February 13 and is in the Burk Khalifa Annex.

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