The furniture and interior thread

edited August 2019 in General Discussion Posts: 14,215
Do you have an interest in furniture and interiors – both Bond related and in general? Then here's the thread for you! Feel free to discuss your favourite furniture items, ideas and anything interior related.

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James Bond and his funky early 70's kitchen.
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  • Posts: 1,987
    More tacky than funky I have to say. I envision Bond's kitchen as a very spartan, metallic affair.
  • edited August 2019 Posts: 14,215
    Revelator wrote: »
    More tacky than funky I have to say. I envision Bond's kitchen as a very spartan, metallic affair.

    Well, yes it's a little bit tacky maybe – but probably very "of its time" as well. I like the copper details though. As for Bond's apartment, I like both the DN and LALD one.

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    As for the Craig Bond one…well, it's understandably very spartan…
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  • Posts: 1,987
    Craig's is a little too spartan--Bond might not be very interested in interior decoration, but he still would have some. In the novel of Moonraker Fleming tells us that Bond lives in the ground floor flat of a converted Regency house. It has a "book-lined sitting-room" with "an ornate Empire desk near the broad window." The "smallish bedroom" has "white and gold Cole wallpaper and deep red curtains." Sounds tasteful and not too ostentatious.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Exactly @Revelator I don't think it suits the Bond character to have a flat like Craig's. To me Bond always had a sense of style and sophistication. To have a barren apartment with little décor to me is not what the character is about. Jason Bourne? Ethan Hunt? maybe I can see them not having a great place. But Bond to me was always different. Sad to see him reduced to the level of a common action hero of the day.
  • edited August 2019 Posts: 14,215
    Revelator wrote: »
    Craig's is a little too spartan--Bond might not be very interested in interior decoration, but he still would have some. In the novel of Moonraker Fleming tells us that Bond lives in the ground floor flat of a converted Regency house. It has a "book-lined sitting-room" with "an ornate Empire desk near the broad window." The "smallish bedroom" has "white and gold Cole wallpaper and deep red curtains." Sounds tasteful and not too ostentatious.

    Definitely agree. I can sort of understand the direction they took with his apartment, but it doesn't sit quite right with me. I definitely would've preferred the sophistication of the previous two apartments.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Craig's apartment was situational for the story, wasn't it. He'd been bouncing around and hadn't really reestablished it after the events of Skyfall.
  • edited August 2019 Posts: 1,987
    Craig's apartment was situational for the story, wasn't it. He'd been bouncing around and hadn't really reestablished it after the events of Skyfall.

    I'm not sure about that. When Moneypenny enters Bond's flat (at the 33 second mark in the clip below) she asks "Have you just moved in?" Bond says "No," in a tone suggesting he's bewildered why she asked. She sarcastically says "Well, I like what you've done with the place."



    Incidentally, here is an article on Bond's Spectre flat.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    That's an awesome insight into Bond's flat on the link.

    I should better describe my comment on that as his resistance to reestablish himself. From Casino Royale, dialog isn't always meant to be taken literally.

    To me the exchange "Have you just moved in?" and Bond says "No" in some way is a variation on Bond and M in Casino Royale where she questions him on Solange.
    M: I would ask you if you could remain emotionally detached... but I don't think that's your problem, is it, Bond?

    OO7: No.
    While that is specifically the item he battles with. Yes he literally placed his belongings in the flat. But didn't establish himself there and "move in" as shown on screen.

  • Posts: 1,987
    I think the dialogue in Spectre plays on the audience's pre-conceived conception of Craig's Bond as the sort of brutalist who doesn't care that much about his furnishings to begin with. Craig's Bond would therefore never fully move in because he can't be bothered to. That might work for Craig's version of Bond, but it's inappropriate to Fleming's Bond or any other.
  • Posts: 14,215
    Nice article; thanks for sharing the link @Revelator!

    The situational aspect and that Craig's Bond never truly seem to reestablish himself is most definitely key to the approach they did with the set design for his SP apartment, but it doesn't really feel "Bond" to me at all. I still haven't got that "Bond feeling" with Craig's films, and this is a perfect example why.

    It's a good thing however, that the few interior items we see in his apartment are more traditional/vintage instead of slick and modern. That leather armchair looks very comfortable.

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  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    QBranch wrote: »

    Thanks for the link @QBranch!
    The Amsterdam Chair is way out of my budget, it looks like…
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    QBranch wrote: »

    I believe this same chair made an appearance in SF when M met with Fiennes to discuss her retirement?
  • Posts: 1,987
    Will Amsterdam chair become the new Black Table? God I hope so.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    The Amsterdam Chair is way out of my budget
    You sit on it, but you can't take it with you.
  • Posts: 19,339
    Plus you get a sweaty bum crack if you sit on leather for too long.
  • Posts: 10,867
    Your interior decorating tips have always been appreciated,@barryt007.

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    One tries Thundy,one tries.
  • edited August 2019 Posts: 14,215
    thedove wrote: »
    QBranch wrote: »

    I believe this same chair made an appearance in SF when M met with Fiennes to discuss her retirement?

    It looks like the SF one(s) have slightly longer legs(?)

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    Same type of chair or not, I'll have to keep an eye out for the Amsterdam Chair in Bond 25!
    QBranch wrote: »
    The Amsterdam Chair is way out of my budget
    You sit on it, but you can't take it with you.

    Good one!
    barryt007 wrote: »
    Plus you get a sweaty bum crack if you sit on leather for too long.

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  • edited August 2019 Posts: 14,215
    If I was looking to get myself a new desk (and could afford it), I'd really like to own this one, designed by Danish designer Bodil Kjær in 1959:

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    Featuring in FRWL, YOLT and OHMSS, they're still available – although they look a bit different these days, as seen in the second photo. You can read more about the desk here.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Darling, I give you very best desk.
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    QBranch wrote: »
    Darling, I give you very best desk.

    :)) I like what you did there!
  • edited August 2019 Posts: 14,215
    QBranch wrote: »
    Darling, I give you very best desk.

    :))
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    You can sense the anticipation on Bond's face for getting some Danish furniture!
  • Posts: 19,339
    BOND : "What the f**k is next...IKEA ????"
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    BOND : "What the f**k is next...IKEA ????"

    :))
    _________

    The Fog og Mørup Beta desklamp designed by Jo Hammerborg, is Monepenny's desk lamp of choice in FRWL and GF. She must be quite the interior design buff!

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  • edited July 27 Posts: 1,987
    I want to pay tribute to @Torgeirtrap 's incredible eagle eyes by collecting his other posts on the recurring furniture in the Bond films.

    * The recurring wall clock.

    * Blofeld's consistent taste in art.

    * The saga of the black table, Part One!

    * The saga of the black table, continued!! (& enter the table lamp!)

    * The suspiciously similar illustrations & the saga of the black table, Part Three!!!

    * The plucky orange table lamp

    * The black table that would not die, Part Four!!!!

    * The case of the prolific desks and cabinets

    * Office lamps a-go-go!

    * The lamp that changed shades

    * Return to the clock and yet another lamp!

    * The desks don't quit!

    * Maps don't play favorites

    * The vengeance of the lamps & the case of the stolen prints!

    * Double drawer trouble

    It's the furniture's world, James Bond just happens to live in it!
  • MeetBondMeetBond Mar-a-lago
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    LOVE this idea for a thread. Let's get back to the FILMS and stop arguing about production and business.

    Can someone post a screenshot of Mr Big's hideout? I recall it is very dark, sexy, and taboo. It delves into the taboo if I'm not mistaken. Apologies if the screenshot is not suitable for this site, it is a kid friendly site.

    Had anyone noticed, when Mr Big peels back his fake mask, he goes from irate, downright nasty, to "all smiles" in a matter of seconds. My friends and I have coined the term, "all smiles", specifically to describe Mr Big's transformation in this scene, and transferred it to other aspects of life.
  • MeetBondMeetBond Mar-a-lago
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    Here we see Mr. Big in diguise, wearing the mask. 20200727-154009.jpg[/url]

    Here we see him in the mask with altered garb.
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    Here we see him start to remove the mask in a fit of rage



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    But here we see him all smiles as he removes the mask entirely.
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  • PropertyOfALadyPropertyOfALady Colders Federation CEO
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    BOND : "What the f**k is next...IKEA ????"

    :))
    _________

    The Fog og Mørup Beta desklamp designed by Jo Hammerborg, is Monepenny's desk lamp of choice in FRWL and GF. She must be quite the interior design buff!

    fm-2-53-1.jpg
    Lois-Maxwell-640x385.jpg
    attachment.php?attachmentid=36490&stc=1&d=1395908113.jpg

    This is invaluable information for me.
  • edited July 27 Posts: 14,215
    Revelator wrote: »
    I want to pay tribute to @Torgeirtrap 's incredible eagle eyes by collecting his other posts on the recurring furniture in the Bond films.

    * The recurring wall clock.

    * Blofeld's consistent taste in art.

    * The saga of the black table, Part One!

    * The saga of the black table, continued!! (& enter the table lamp!)

    * The suspiciously similar illustrations & the saga of the black table, Part Three!!!

    * The plucky orange table lamp

    * The black table that would not die, Part Four!!!!

    * The case of the prolific desks and cabinets

    * Office lamps a-go-go!

    * The lamp that changed shades

    * Return to the clock and yet another lamp!

    * The desks don't quit!

    * Maps don't play favorites

    * The vengeance of the lamps & the case of the stolen prints!

    * Double drawer trouble

    It's the furniture's world, James Bond just happens to live in it!

    Thank you @Revelator! Nice summary this; I'd even forgotten about some of these! Good thing I got all my "finds" written down in case there are more recurring items that pops up. There are a few potential new ones I hope to post soon :-)
    MeetBond wrote: »
    LOVE this idea for a thread. Let's get back to the FILMS and stop arguing about production and business.

    Can someone post a screenshot of Mr Big's hideout? I recall it is very dark, sexy, and taboo. It delves into the taboo if I'm not mistaken. Apologies if the screenshot is not suitable for this site, it is a kid friendly site.

    Had anyone noticed, when Mr Big peels back his fake mask, he goes from irate, downright nasty, to "all smiles" in a matter of seconds. My friends and I have coined the term, "all smiles", specifically to describe Mr Big's transformation in this scene, and transferred it to other aspects of life.

    Are there any specific shots of Mr. Big's hideout are you are thinking about, @MeetBond?

    Yes! Love Kananga's transformation in this scene. For general things you notice in the films, that you find worth pointing out, there's the I've never noticed that before… thread. It's one of my favourite threads here on the forum!
    barryt007 wrote: »
    BOND : "What the f**k is next...IKEA ????"

    :))
    _________

    The Fog og Mørup Beta desklamp designed by Jo Hammerborg, is Monepenny's desk lamp of choice in FRWL and GF. She must be quite the interior design buff!

    fm-2-53-1.jpg
    Lois-Maxwell-640x385.jpg
    attachment.php?attachmentid=36490&stc=1&d=1395908113.jpg

    This is invaluable information for me.

    Are you looking for one of these, @PropertyOfALady? If you are, and find some, let me know where!
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