The Barbican celebrates 50 years of Bond films with a huge exhibition featuring costumes, props, gadgets, and design drawings from the Dr No debut in 1962 to Skyfall (the 23rd film) due for release later this year.
Designerly expectations were set at salivation levels with the awesome press release video doing the rounds earlier this month. Stopping by the show this week we're glad to report moments of child-like glee in contemplation of the impressive array of original concept artwork, guns and gadgets and other gems from the films such as a classic Aston Martin DB5 and Halle Berry's dagger wielding orange bikini. We've got serious design envy for the guys that get to let their creativity loose in the world of 007.
Bond fan's will be able to revel in 007 design geekery at the Barbican until September 5th, after which the show is set to tour internationally for the next three years.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.