Collecting more than 50 years of clothing and props from the ever-stylish James Bond movies, Designing 007 gives attendees the chance to get up close and personal with the objects that made the films as visually ravishing as they are action packed. After walking through an entrance hall painted to look like the iconic gun barrel in each movie’s opening sequence, visitors find themselves surrounded by artifacts representing every incarnation of James Bond, from Sean Connery's debut in Dr. No to Daniel Craig's most recent turn in Skyfall.
Arranged by theme, the exhibit divides rooms into categories such as Q Branch, featuring the series' high-tech gadgets, and Gold, which displays The Man with the Golden Gun's favourite firearm and a replica of Goldfinger's paint-slain love interest. A segment on tailoring follows the evolution of Bond's stylish attire, showcasing the conservative, Navy-influenced suits of the ‘60s, the wide lapels of the ‘70s, and Bond’s most recent Tom Ford ensembles. Another room dedicated to fashion collects the Bond girls' haute couture eveningwear. Complimentary tours take place Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Sundays at noon.
Exhibition tickets are timed entry and begin every 30 minutes. Timed-entry tickets will guarantee your admission, limit the number of visitors in the gallery, and minimize lineups.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
The Bell Lightbox––permanent home to the Toronto International Film Festival––rises five stories above the streets of downtown Toronto at King and John, a gathering place for film lovers, professionals, and teachers. As visitors approach the building—designed by architectural firm KPMB—they gaze up at the center's top floors, which were crafted out of translucent glass that shows the silhouettes of patrons walking through the interior. Once inside, guests can immerse themselves in entertainment within the building’s many entertainment venues, which include five public cinemas, two galleries, three learning studios, a reference library, two restaurants, and a lounge.