Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum

Bond in Motion Aston Martin DB5Aston Martin DB5 as seen in Golden Eye, 1995.

Now who doesn’t love an evening spent watching good James Bond films? When I saw that the London Film Museum in Covent Garden was putting on a James Bond exhibition or more accurately Bond in Motion exhibition – ‘the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles’ I reveled. It’s a terrific exhibition that displays the high performance luxury machinery tweaked with a few unique add-ons (courtesy of Q) that are central to the iconic chases and pursuits of the oh so suave James Bond.

James Bond Exhibition London Film MuseumThe essential Bond accessories consist of a gun, cash, a black American Express card and cufflinks.

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumStunning vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB5 and DBS, Rolls-Royce Phantom III and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II are on display along with a selection of more creative action vehicles such as the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 and the crocodile submarine. A variety of aircrafts, motorcycles and boats are also on display and despite what the name suggests the exhibition also includes a few other props used in the film franchise.

Bond in Motion London Film Museum

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumFilming car scene for Quantum of Solace, 2008.

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumAston Martin DBS as seen in Quantum of Solace, 2008 along with the bumps, scratches and damaged windshield following the stunts.

Linnea Nilsson at Bond In Motion - London Film MuseumYours truly enthusiastically got dressed up in a tux with bow tie to have an impromptu Bond themed photo shoot. Lights, camera, action!

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExterior MI building model. Michael Lamont. The World is Not Enough.

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExamples of elaborate storyboards that look like proper comics such as this for The World Is Not Enough shows a visual layout of events as they are to be seen through the camera lens and demonstrates the creative process of the production company’s art department.

Bond in Motion Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Rolls-Royce Phantom III as seen in Goldfinger, 1964.

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Blackadder

Picture 1Now I realize that I may be little late to the party (just a couple of decades) in my new found interest towards the British BBC television series Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson but I simply couldn’t contain my excitement in sharing this absolute gem of a show. It reminds me of the 1999 tv-series Let Them Eat Cake! which was set in the Palace of Versailles in 1782 with the hilarious duo Jennifer Saunders playing a comtesse and Dawn French acting as her faithful maid at court.

Picture 3The character Blackadder, played by funnyman Rowan Atkinson serves as personal butler to actor Hugh Laurie playing the part of a foppish numskull Prince George during the 19th century regency era and the third installment of the series which I have just completed a mini marathon of. The show is full of dark humor, slightly ridiculous plots, quite fabulous costumes and simple, effective mise en scène. I’d love to be Hugh Laurie’s character in this still reclining on the day bed, preferably as well dressed and with the addition of some macaroons and bubbly on a silver tray next to me!

Picture 2If you’ve yet to see it, I’d strongly suggest that you take a moment and give it a try. It may be from the late 80s but that doesn’t diminish the fact that it’s still absolutely hilarious! Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes of Xhibit

Xibit UAL London 2013As a lovely commentator mentioned in my last post, I just finished co-curating UAL’s latest art exhibition Xhibit. So, before I show you the completed product I thought I might share a few snap shots revealing the less glamorous side of the work that goes into curating and putting on exhibitions which is the busy, messy and very technical side of it all.

Xibit UAL London 2013Although the empty exhibition space might seem slightly daunting at first glance, it’s actually a very exciting process like being able to work on a blank canvas and arrange something entirely from scratch. Planning, a good eye and some careful measuring are essential skills to have. A friend recently compared the art of curating to interior decorating and they definitely had a point, as both involve the intricate arrangement of objects with regard to color combination and artistic effect in order to create an atmosphere and whole.

Xhibit UAL London 2013The fact that Xhibit didn’t require submissions to have a common theme and the work was selected through a panel of judges that weren’t involved in the curating of the exhibition made our task slightly more difficult however, nothing that a team of pros couldn’t handle. Xhibit welcomed entries and submissions from current students across all of the six colleges that make up UAL with the aim of showcasing a selection of the up and coming talent.

Xibit UAL London 2013The selected artists this year included Haffendi Anuar, Andrej Bako, Arthur Beardmore-Gray, Farhad Berahman, Charlie Chrobnik, James Clapham, Macovei Dani Costin, Injoo Lee, Hyunjeong Lim, Tuli-Gal Litvak, Rafaela Lopez, Annalaura Masciavè, Isabelle May Tollitt, Kota Okuda, Lesley Omara, Philip Rhys Mattews, Pippa Roberts, Svetlana Stein, Marianne Thoermer, Birgit Toke Tauka Frietman, Adriano Vessichelli, Demelza Watts, Longwen Wei, Alexander Wood and Anna Zavialova.

Xibit UAL London 2013, The Team: Linnea Nilsson, Osei Bonsu, Xenia Ma, Edward Robinson, Elif Onan, Giulia Sartori Conte The team.