007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond Opening in Chicago

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The 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond exhibit runs from March 7, 2024 – October 27, 2024, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

SpyMovieNavigator.com had the opportunity to attend the Press preview of the unique exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry called: 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond.

The outside of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago with a sign for 007 Science
Photo: Reno Lovison

The Exhibit opens to the public on March 007, 2024!   And we just want to say, that we spent over three hours at this special showing. We were blown away by the quality, variety, and uniqueness of this event.

If you are a spy movie fan, a James Bond fan, or just a movie fan – you must come to Chicago to see this spectacular exhibit.    You will have a wonderful time!

First of all, the focus is on the science of 007. So, there is a lot of attention to detail on the gadgets, the impact they had on real-world gadgets to come, and the effect actual gadgets had on the films.  Wow!

All the gadgets and screen-used props in the event were on loan from EON Productions and the International Spy Museum.  Meg Simmonds is the archivist for EON Productions who is responsible for all of what we see here.   And we got to meet and speak with Meg as well!   Look for a future podcast soon with her clips in it.   There are so many artifacts that Meg Simmonds did such a wonderful job preserving and bringing to public view here that we can only call out a few.

What artifacts are there?

  • The Deep Star Underwater Helmet worn by James Bond in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY! (1981)
  • The bionic eyes from NO TIME TO DIE (2021)
  • Timothy Dalton’s gas-expelling and exploding key fob from THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
  • A scale model of Auric Goldfinger’s plane used for flight sequences – by the way, the other side of the plane is the US transport plane that was supposed to take Bond to the White House – used for flight sequences as well!  It’s the same model!  GOLDFINGER (1964)
  • The cello case that Bond and Kara Milovy use to escape on the snow chase in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987).
  • Rosa Klebb’s shoes – YES! the dagger-bladed shoes in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)!
Rosa Klebb's shoes from FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE as exhibited in the 007 Science exhibit

The Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)

The Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN as exhibited in the 007 Science exhibit

Vehicles:   yes!  Lots of vehicles!  And spectacular ones!    Many of the vehicles were on loan to the museum from the Ian Fleming Foundation which finds, restores, and loans out for exhibition these vehicles.  

So, what kind of vehicles are here?

  • The Aston Martin DB 5 from GOLDENEYE (1995) (Fantastic!   I saw this same car, I believe, at the SPYSCAPE Museum in New York City a few years ago.)  Beautiful car – and you can see it up close!
Aston Martin DB5 from GOLDENEYE as exhibited in the 007 Science exhibit.
Photo: Reno Lovison
  • The Bombardier Ski-Doo MX ZREV 800 used in DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)!
  • The Lotus Esprit used in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)!
  • The WETBIKE prototype used by Roger Moore’s Bond to get to Stromberg’s underwater lair in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
  • The Q BOAT from THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)!
  • The Aston Martin V8 – used by Timothy Dalton’s Bond in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)

We are calling out a few here – but there are many more to see.

There are some interactive elements as well which are fun. For instance, how long can you hang from an I-beam like Bond did?   You can hit the button and time the number of seconds you can!  I, uh, did not do too well!

Chris Corbould

Also, Chris Corbould was at the Press event, and we got to speak with him for about 20 minutes alone!   Fantastic!   This interview will be in a podcast episode soon!  Chris was a Special Effects Supervisor for a long time and has worked on lots of films including James Bond films like THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, A VIEW TO A KILL  early on as a Special Effects Technician and Senior Technician.  And his years of experience made him excel in this capacity on THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, LICENCE TO KILL.  His break as a Supervisor happened on the movie NIGHTBREED.  And continued on to more James Bond movies like GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and supervised in DIE ANOTHER DAY, CASINO ROYALE, and QUANTUM OF SOLACE!   

Chris Corbould, Tom Pizzato, and Dan Silvestri at the 007 Science exhibit
Photo: Reno Lovison

An Excellent Exhibit

Simply, this group at the Museum of Science and Industry has worked on this exhibit for over a year, bringing together the vehicles, artifacts, and more and the key people and organizations to make this aggressive and sophisticated exhibit a reality – so all of us can see these magnificent items – all in one place!   And the work paid off. This is an excellent exhibit.

This is a comfortable exhibit in two large rooms, and you can spend all the time you have enjoying and discovering with each turn and display.  

We absolutely LOVE this exhibit and congratulate the Museum of Science and Industry for conceiving the concept along with a tremendous team with EON Productions, the Ian Fleming Foundation, and the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. 

Visit the 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from March 7, 2004, through October 27, 2024.

Museum of Science and Industry is located at:
5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Visit their website for additional information about this exhibit, and all the other wonderful exhibits they have at this world-class museum! 

Again, if you are in the Chicago area or will be traveling here, make this a MUST STOP.   The 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond exhibit is a tremendous opportunity to see James Bond in a whole new light.

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