James Bond

To many of us, the genius of Ian Fleming's character, James Bond, is firmly entrenched in our DNA. Spanning 50 years of movies and preceded by the original novels, four generations of my family have been inspired and certainly entertained by this international man of mystery.

The influence on my life as a designer is also significant, from interior design to fashion and automotive styling, I have been an addict. The influence of set designers Sir Ken Adam, Syd Cain, Dennis Gassner, and Peter Lamont and the creative talents of gadget makers John Stears had a significant impact on my life from probably the age of five.

Currently on show in Melbourne is the Designing 007 : Fifty Years of Bond Style

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is the result of collaboration between the Barbican Centre, London, and the Bond production company, EON Productions. It is a unique exhibition celebrating this world of innovation and action, style and sex appeal with an inside view of the world’s favourite secret agent.

 

  Dr. No (1962) First appearing in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale, James Bond didn’t make his screen debut until 1962, in Dr. No. Starring Sean Connery as the handsome, wisecracking MI6 agent

 

Dr. No (1962)

First appearing in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale, James Bond didn’t make his screen debut until 1962, in Dr. No. Starring Sean Connery as the handsome, wisecracking MI6 agent

 Design ideas come from many sources, sometimes from the most unlikely places but in the case of the James Bond phenomenon, I am one more ardent devotee and unashamedly look to these wonderful designers and artists as a source of Inspiration.

I'm certainly attending the exhibition, I hope to see you there! 

 

Concept art for the fantastic underwater battle scene in the climax of Thunderball 1965. 

Concept art for the fantastic underwater battle scene in the climax of Thunderball 1965. 

A Moonraker Shuttle design

A Moonraker Shuttle design

The Moonraker Shuttle final production

The Moonraker Shuttle final production