The skimpy swimwear that launched a new 007 is to be part of an exhibition of James Bond memorabilia celebrating the 50th anniversary of the movie franchise.
Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style will take place at London’s Barbican Centre and will use unprecedented access to the archives of Eon Pictures to chart “how Bond leapt from the page to the screen”.
Craig’s trunks, first seen as he emerged from the sea on his Bond debut Casino Royale, are not the only example of swimwear expected to be on display.
The white bikini worn by Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in the first Bond film Dr No, and Hale Berry’s tribute to it from Casino Royale, could also feature.
Meanwhile, the exhibition will examine the weapons and technical gadgets that have epitomised Bond down the years, along with cars, costumes and other props.
Opening in July, Designing 007 will also recall the breathtaking stunts, exotic locations and special effects that help make a Bond film.
Curated by Oscar-winning Bond costume designer Lindy Hemming and fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave, the exhibition will celebrate the entire canon of 23 official Bond films, including Craig’s upcoming third outing Skyfall, which is set for release in the UK on 26 October.
Hemming said the show would “thrill visitors with an insight into some of the design processes involved in the many different areas of making the Bond films.”
Cosgrave described it as a “multi-sensory experience” which would “recreate the Bond world… pay tribute to key sequences” in the films and reveal “the ingenuity that’s gone into Bond over the last 50 years.”