With the release of the newest Bond film Spectre, a new exhibit featuring all of the famed actors from the Bond 007 series of films has gone on display in London. After the London debut, the figures moved on to Tussauds locations all over the world.
Visitors will have the opportunity to pose with their favorite Bond or with the group, ensuring fans of the series a truly memorable experience. The figures were housed in London until the end of November, and are now traveling overseas to the United States.
An All-Star Bond Lineup at Tussauds New London Exhibit
While Daniel Craig has been the face of Bond in recent years, his newly unveiled wax replica will be featured alongside those of the actors who played Bond before him. Pierce Brosnan, Craig's predecessor, played Bond four times, and is portrayed as he was in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Timothy Dalton played Bond twice in the 1980s, and his Bond pose reflects those films. Roger Moore, seven-time Bond actor, is shown as the 007 in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). George Lazenby portrayed Bond in only one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Sean Connery starred in six Bond films, and is shown as seen in From Russia With Love (1963).
The six figures will all be appropriately dressed in one of 007's best suits - styled by the award-winning costume designer of the films, Lindy Hemming. Each actor will be posed according to one of the movies the actor starred in, with some holding prop weapons, but all holding the iconic James Bond stare.
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Behind-the-Scenes at Madame Tussauds London
All of the actors featured, with the exception of George Lazenby, already have figures in the museums, so artists used these to recreate their new Bond looks. Lazenby was more than happy to accommodate the exhibition, and so sat for a series of measurements and portraits over the last year so he too could be recorded in wax for eternity.
Rather than simply suiting up the other actors' figures, the highly skilled team at Tussaud's used both references from the movies and each actor's information to choose the perfect position for each Bond actor. Over twenty different artists took almost four months to finish the lineup, using painstakingly detailed processes from oil painting to applying each strand of hair individually. The total cost of creating the figures for this exhibition is estimated to be over £150,000 GBP (over $225,000 USD).
A unique background was designed for the figures that represents the style of the Bond movies without being taken directly from any particular film.
From the London Wax Museum to the World
At the end of November, the six Bonds were moved on from London to visit other Tussauds locations around the world. They are headed first to the United States, where they will delight visitors to Madame Tussauds around the country. For those who are true Bond aficionados and for those who just like the films, the exhibit is truly a can't-miss!
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