To celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s
birth, the Imperial War Museum has opened a new exhibition
charting the creation and legacy of James Bond...
"For Your Eyes Only" Exhibit Opens
22nd April 2008
"For Your Eyes Only -
Ian Fleming and James Bond" -
17 April 2008 – 1 March 2009
To celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth, Imperial
War Museum London
is producing the first major exhibition devoted to the life and
work of the man
who created the world’s most famous secret agent, James
Featuring fascinating material, much on public display for the
first time, For Your Eyes Only
will look at the author and his fictional character in their
historical context and examine
how much of the Bond novels were imaginary and how far they were
based on real people
and events. This exhibition will explore the early life of Ian
Fleming, his wartime career and
work as a journalist and travel writer and how, as an author,
he drew upon his own
experiences to create the iconic character of James Bond that
continues to have global
Above Left: Daniel
Craig's blood-stained shirt from Casino Royale (2006).
Casino Royale © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists
Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All
Above Right: Overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr No (1962). © 1962
Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights
On display will be rare material including Fleming’s
desk and chair from his Jamaican home
Goldeneye, where he wrote all of the Bond novels; a map of the
Mercury News Network
established by Ian Fleming in the 1950s showing where all Sunday
correspondents were based; the jacket worn by Fleming on the
Dieppe Raid of 1942; a
selection of annotated Bond manuscripts; the Colt Python .357
presented to Fleming by the Colt company in 1964; the manuscript
for Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang and a working model of an Aston Martin DB5 made for HRH
Prince Andrew in 1966,
complete with gadgets from the films Thunderball and Goldfinger.
The ‘blood-splattered’ shirt worn
by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale will be displayed for the
first time along with prototypes for Rosa Klebb’s flick
knife shoes in From Russia with
Love; Halle Berry’s bikini from Die Another Day and Goldfinger’s
golf shoes which have
been lent by the EON Productions’ archive.
Above: Q's traveling case from
A View To A Kill (1985) © 1985 Danjaq, LLC and United
Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
For Your Eyes Only will show how Fleming’s wartime experiences
informed the Bond plots
and inspired many of the iconic heroes and villains, such as
M and Goldfinger, and how the
Cold War, a war of spies and technology, provided the stage in
which Bond could operate.
The exhibition will examine to what extent the books and films
reflect the reality of the
Cold War and life in post-war Britain and how far they were a
product of Fleming’s
It will conclude with Fleming’s legacy, exploring how one
man’s idea generated an entire
industry, not only books and films, but also parodies, toys,
games and clothes. Over fifty
years after his first appearance in print, James Bond continues
to exert a grip on the global
imagination and Fleming remains a classic writer of his generation.
Above: Bomb from The World Is
Not Enough (1999) © 1999 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists
Corporation. All rights reserved.
book to accompany the Imperial War Museum exhibition For Your
Ian Fleming and James Bond will be published by Bloomsbury in
April 2008. Written by the
bestselling author of Costa shortlisted Agent Zigzag, Ben Macintyre,
and full of lavish
photography, this book is the perfect celebration of Ian Fleming
and his remarkable
creation, James Bond.
For You Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond is sponsored
by Fleming Family & Partners. The exhibition
is part of the Ian Fleming Centenary celebrations.
Adults £8.00, Concessions and Groups £7.00, Children £4.00,
Family £19.00 (Groups prebooking
essential on 020 7416 5439 or [email protected]). Imperial War
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ.
10.00am - 6.00pm.
Enquiries 020 7416 5320/5321.
here to visit the official event website.
Above: Spear gun from Thunderball
(1965) © 1965 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.
All rights reserved.