Sean Connery leans against an Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger.

Stromberg’s underwater hideout, Atlantis, in The Spy Who Loved Me.

A sketch of the living room in Dr. No’s underground apartment.

An annotated sketch of James Bond’s jetpack in Thunderball.

Scaramanga’s golden gun in Golden Gun.

A concept drawing of the Ice Palace in Die Another Day.

The metal teeth of Jaws, Stromberg’s big, dumb henchman in The Spy Who Loved Me.

The metal teeth of Jaws, Stromberg’s big, dumb henchman in The Spy Who Loved Me.

A drawing of Blofeld’s volcano lair in You Only Live Twice, by famed James Bond production designer Sir Kenneth Adam.

A miniature model of Wet Mellie, the amphibious Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me.

A sketch of the spacestation in Moonraker.

Ursula Andress--and that famous white bikini--in Dr. No.

Kitties! These guys were used as Blofeld’s favorite accessory during film production.

Co.Design

14 Of James Bond's Best Costumes And Gadgets

More than 400 objects at the Barbican Centre in London showcase 50 years of 007 style. And yes, that includes Ursula Andress’s white bikini.

There are plenty of reasons to bash the Bond-film franchise, between the clunky storylines, the dreadful acting, and Roger Moore’s gut. But one thing the movies almost always get right is the design. From Scaramanga’s Golden Gun to Blofeld’s volcano hideout to Ursula Andress’s white bikini, it’s the cool stuff, not the compelling narrative, that lures moviegoers decade after decade. (Okay, Daniel Craig’s six pack--or Halle Barry’s--doesn’t hurt, either.)

All that cool stuff is the subject of an exhaustive new exhibit at the Barbican Centre in London. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style showcases more than 400 archival objects, including costumes, cars, gadgets, props, photographs, architectural drawings, and at least one set of golden dentures (which belonged to Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me). The curators also commissioned a handful of recreations, among them: Sean Connery’s blue swimming trunks in Thunderball, Pussy Galore’s golden waistcoat, and Roger Moore’s white tuxedo in Octopussy. Presumably, he’s still wearing the original.

We’ve selected some of our favorite Bond swag above.

[The exhibit runs through September 5. More info here.]

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