Dr. No, Goldfinger, Blofeld, Scaramanga – the list of infamous names goes on and on. All are evil villains whose nefarious plots were thwarted by the world’s greatest spy – James Bond. Now these fictional fiends are being celebrated in a new exhibit opening November 16 at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.
Two would-be James Bond villains stand in front of a poster advertising the new "Exquisitely Evil" exhibit — Photo courtesy of International Spy Museum Educators Facebook page
Titled “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” the interactive exhibit will profile Bond’s biggest enemies as well as their no-good henchmen, their secret fortresses and hideouts and their deadly weapons. More than 100 historic props from the James Bond movies will be on display, including such greats as the satellite from Goldeneye, a tarantula from Dr. No and Jaws’ teeth from The Spy Who Loved Me.
The exterior of the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. — Photo courtesy of International Spy Museum
The exhibit will also feature interactive displays that will let museum-goers “swim” with sharks, create their own secret lair and even try their hand at becoming a Bond bad guy. There will be plenty of video images and sound clips from the classic films, and visitors will learn a little about how the changing times and geo-political landscape have impacted the Bond villains.
Dr. Julius No, the villain in one of the earliest James Bond films — Photo courtesy of International Spy Museum Facebook page
The James Bond movies are the longest running film franchise in history, featuring 22 Bond films so far. The latest – Skyfall – opens in November, just in time to coincide with this amazing mixture of spy and movie history.