• 007 Hits Madrid

    by  • May 10, 2015 • City Breaks, Exhibitions, Film, Madrid

    A Special Exhibition Devoted to James Bond Opens in the Spanish Capital.

    As Andy Murray celebrates victory at the Madrid Masters tonight, so too the Spanish capital pays homage to another very special British gentleman, albeit a fictional character. Having already travelled from the Barbican Centre in London via Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow and Rotterdam to Madrid, the city’s Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa plays host to a fabulous exhibition devoted to the film phenomenon that is James Bond.

    Entitled ‘Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond Style’, the exhibition celebrates 50 years of the James Bond franchise and focuses on the eponymous character’s influence on art, music, lifestyle, automotive design, travel, technology and fashion over the course of the past five decades. Bringing together over 500 items from the James Bond film portfolio, exhibits include set artwork, storyboards, props, gadgets, scripts, music scores, weapons, original photos and film scenes. Highlights include Scaramanga’s golden gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, Jaws’ steel teeth from The Spy Who Loved Me, and the silver Aston Martin which appeared in both Goldeneye and Skyfall.

    You’ll also get to see rare and iconic costumes and accessories worn not only by the James Bond protagonists, but by his many leading ladies as well including Oddjob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat from Goldfinger, Roger Moore’s spacesuit as worn in Moonraker and his white tuxedo from Octopussy, Halle Berry’s orange bikini as featured in Die Another Day and Daniel Craig’s famous swimming trunks as he emerged from the sea in Casino Royale.

    Having opened to the public last Friday, the exhibition runs throughout the summer until August 30th and you’ll find the Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa on Plaza Colón. The exhibition is open daily from 10am until 9pm and entrance costs 15€ (11€ for senior citizens and children under 16; those under six years of age are admitted for free).


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.