As the James Bond film franchise hits half a century, a massive London exhibit shows off a wealth of authentic props, pictures, and original conceptual art from the famed spy action films.
Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Over the last 50 years -- since "Dr. No" was released in the U.K. -- these men have saved the world from evil as the celluloid versions of James Bond, a British MI6 secret service agent with immeasurable charm. With his never-ending supply of high-tech gadgets and heart-pulsing ability to survive the unexpected, Bond forever changed the way the world imagines secret agents.
Hosted at the Barbican Centre in London, "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" highlights more than 400 items from Eon Productions' Bond archives, including costumes, automobiles, weapons, original props, and rarely seen photos shot on location. The exhibit stays in London through September 5, and then embarks on a three-year international tour.
Grab a vodka martini and click through our gallery for a closer look at "Designing 007."
"Designing 007" also features some amazing behind-the scenes conceptual art and real props from the movies.
Jaws, a popular villain in the James Bond series, sported a behemoth physique and a set of menacing steel teeth. In this original storyboard image from the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me," we see a composite of the frightening figure completely unaware of his demise hovering overhead. Actor Richard Kiel also played Jaws in "Moonraker."
"Kiel reported that the stainless steel teeth were so painful that he could only wear them for five minutes at a time," reveals a statement from Designing 007 representatives.
Scaramanga's golden gun might stand as one of the most infamous Bond weapons of all time. The Designing 007 exhibit features the authentic prop shooter used in the 1974 film "The Man with the Golden Gun." Special effects guru John Stears created the shiny weapon from various items, including a lighter and cigarette case.
Check out this special "Designing Bond's World" addendum video by the Barbican Centre: