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Bond at Bletchley Park: Illustrations and Inspirations

Fri, 25 May 2018 — Sun, 14 Oct 2018
From 09:30 to 17:00
Free with admission
Overview
New exhibition of contemporary art celebrating James Bond

This summer James Bond comes to Bletchley Park. On display in Hut 12, a temporary art exhibition celebrates Ian Fleming’s original James Bond series, as well as the most recent 007 continuation novels written by critically acclaimed author, Anthony Horowitz.

The exhibition includes a special section presenting new research into Fleming’s connection to Bletchley Park,  exploring how his work in Naval Intelligence helped to inspire the creation of the James Bond books. When Ian Fleming was assistant to the Head of Naval Intelligence during World War Two he vowed to ‘write the spy story to end all spy stories’ and went on to create Casino Royale.

The artworks have been newly commissioned by social enterprise Eazl from a carefully selected roster of emerging and mid-career artists from the UK and beyond. Participating artists include Threadneedle Prize finalists David Storey and Tomas Tichy, the Australian painter Marc Freeman, and the prize-winning illustrator Finn Dean. The pieces are each inspired by a specific scene, theme or character from a James Bond novel.

The exhibition is part of a wider project organised by Eazl, with the kind permission of Ian Fleming Publications. The project will culminate in a charity auction in London, in October 2018.

The exhibition coincides with the release of the second official Bond novel by Horowitz Forever and a Day, the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Trigger Mortis’.

Bond at Bletchley Park
1 / 4Magnus Gjoen, 'Goldfinger' (2018). Inspired by the novel by Ian Fleming.