Last Chance to See James Bond Exhibition in Toronto!

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet in Culture, News

For all you Bond fans who have already seen Skyfall 10 times and dream of having Q refit your house, there’s an exhibition in Toronto you won’t want to miss…and it closes this weekend.

I had a chance to see Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style at the TIFF Lightbox shortly after it opened. TIFF–short for the Toronto International Film Festival–did a great job with the show, which includes costumes, props, storyboards and other mementoes. Ever wanted to see the poker table used in Casino Royale up close? How about a re-creation of the woman covered in gold leaf from Goldfinger? Or perhaps a roomful of Q’s gadgets? They’re all here, along with evening gowns worn by Bond’s endless stream of lovers, original manuscripts from author Ian Fleming’s typewriter and a re-creation of M’s office.

Being a casual Bond fan, I wasn’t instantly familiar with some of the items on display. Instead, I found myself fascinated by the room showcasing Fleming’s life story. He had a lacklustre academic career and bounced from job to job (partly aided by his well-off family, who appear to have been rather desperate to see him succeed at something), until he landed in naval intelligence during the Second World War. After the war, he moved into journalism; his first Bond novel came out in 1953, just before he turned 45, providing hope for late bloomers everywhere. Perhaps there’s hope for me to hit the bestseller list yet.

Want to see more from the exhibition? Here’s CNN’s take on it.

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