As "Skyfall", the latest in the James Bond film series, opens in theaters this November, the International Spy Museum will mount a major new exhibit featuring the most memorable villains who have appeared since 007 first hit the screen in DR. NO in 1962.
The interactive exhibit, "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains," will feature James Bond's chief adversaries, their henchmen, lairs, and weapons. Over 100 artifacts from the films will be on display including Zao's Jaguar XKR from DIE ANOTHER DAY, the satellite from GOLDENEYE, Jaws' teeth from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, and Dr. No's tarantula from DR. NO. Visitors can also swim with sharks, become a villain, and create their own personal lair as part of the exhibit's many interactive displays.
"We are thrilled to see James Bond's villains come to life in an exhibit that will mark 50 years of 007 defeating his cunning and brutal adversaries," said Peter Earnest, the Museum's executive director and a former CIA covert operations officer. "Throughout the exhibit, visitors will hear real stories from real spies who will share their 'Bond moments' and describe connections between the James Bond films and actual world events and espionage tradecraft."
In addition to comments from members of the intelligence community, the exhibit will feature: immersive environments, exciting interactive opportunities, psychological profiles of the villains, and classic film and audio clips. For the first time ever, the villains will be placed in historical context, enabling guests to explore how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect the times and inviting guests to explore the connection between fact and fiction.
Fans of the Museum should check the International Spy Museum's website ( www.spymuseum.org ) for updates on the exhibit.