1. TIFF Bell Lightbox giving ‘Designing 007’ royal treatment

    By Helmut Schierer on 2012-08-29

    The Toronto Film Festival yesterday announced three film programmes and a whole series of school and public workshops that will surround the North American premiere of ‘Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond style’.

    ‘Shaken, Not Stirred: Bond on film’ will explore the evolution of 007 through five decades of film history, from ‘Dr. No’ to ‘Quantum of Solace’.

    ‘Bond vs. Blofeld’ will show the six films in which Bond battles his arch-enemy in one marathon.

    Finally, ‘Beyond Bond: The Other Secret Agents’ will take a look at the countless secret agents that came in Bond’s wake in Europe, Asia and the United States.


    Here is the press release:

    August 28, 2012




    Three film programmes and public and school workshops to accompany the

    North American premiere of major James Bond exhibition


    Toronto — Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, announced today three TIFF Cinematheque film programmes that will run parallel to Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, the exhibition that will have its North American premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox, running from October 26, 2012 to January 20, 2013. Titled after Bond’s famous preference for martini preparation, Shaken, Not Stirred: Bond on Film will offer audiences an exciting on-screen journey through five decades of James Bond action and adventure inviting them to watch the evolution of 007 from the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008). Curated by Jesse Wente, Head of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Bond vs. Blofeld (October 26 – October 27) will feature the six films from the series in which Bond battles his arch-nemesis, criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a back-to-back marathon screening from Friday, October 26 at 7p.m. until Saturday, October 27 at 1p.m. Curated by Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, Beyond Bond: The Other Secret Agents will launch on November 9. This sidebar programme will focus on the wave of spy films from Europe, Asia and the US that sprang up in response to the enormous international popularity of the Bond series. A series of public and school workshops, as well as additional exhibition highlights and the attendance of John Glen, director and editor of several James Bond films, were also announced.


    “As a film organization we’re always seeking ways to enrich the cinematic experience both on screen and off,” said Cowan. “Our public and school workshops in conjunction with our film programming and in-person events are the perfect complement to this exceptional exhibition. Together, they will provide audiences with a unique context to understand and enjoy the immense riches of the Bond legacy.”

    “James Bond is one of the great cultural phenomena of our times,” said Wente. “We’re thrilled to be able to present these films in our state-of-the-art cinemas and to welcome Bond, action and espionage fans to enjoy them the way they were meant to be seen, in all their big-screen glory.”


    Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is the most comprehensive James Bond exhibition ever, exploring the craft behind the series’ villains and femme fatales, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, and gadgets and special effects. Additional highlights of the exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox include a life-size replica of “golden girl” Jill Masterson and Oddjob’s steel-rimmed hat from Goldfinger (1964); Scaramanga’s golden gun and 007 Bullet from The Man With the Golden Gun (1974); Bond’s Omega Watch from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997); Bond’s Samsonite briefcase with diamonds from Die Another Day (2002); the bathing trunks worn by Bond in Casino Royale (2006); James Bond’s Tom Ford tuxedo from Quantum of Solace (2008) and new, previously unseen artifacts from the upcoming Bond film Skyfall (2012). Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is curated by the Barbican Centre, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Academy Award®–winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, and designed by Ab Rogers. The exhibition is presented by Barbican Centre, London, in partnership with EON Productions.


    On Monday December 10, veteran British director and editor John Glen will join Jesse Wente for an In Conversation With… event to speak about his work on over twenty years of James Bond films: as editor and action director of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979); and as the director of all five Bond films during the 1980s: For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). Immediately following the In Conversation With…, Glen will introduce a screening of Octopussy.



    Continuing TIFF’s commitment to engage teachers, children, youth and students, the exhibition will also be accompanied by multiple registered school and public workshops starting on October 31. During the school workshops, students will follow the progression of the James Bond character from the page to the screen and see how this action hero shaped — and was shaped by — trends in advertising, technological innovation and media culture. The public workshops will offer participants the opportunity to learn how to problem-solve their way through a Bond-style adventure using electronic gadgetry.


    TIFF Members get free access to Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style and they can purchase James Bond film programme tickets starting October 9. Tickets for the exhibition and film programmes go on sale October 17 for non-members. Non- member single exhibition tickets are $15 plus tax (child/student/senior discounts available). Combo pack (film and exhibition) is $22 plus tax and can be purchased on the phone and in person only. Timed-entry ticketing will guarantee visitors entrance at their chosen time.


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