James Bond Exhibition, Leap Year Proposals

29 Feb

James Bond Exhibition – there is to be an exhibition to mark 50 years of the James Bond films.

The exhibition is to be held at London’s Barbican and will feature a number of iconic items from the North London archives of Eon Productions. The show is going to be curated by fashion and design historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and James Bond costume designer Lindy Hemming. The organisers have been granted unprecedented access to items such as clothes, cars, gadgets and film sets as well as all of the original design drawings.

Bronwyn, who has been working on the Bond exhibition for the last 2 years, said: “We’re showing the complete scope of design of a Bond film, which has never been done before.”

Amongst the many items to go on display are Daniel Craig’s skimpy blue swimming trunks from Casino Royale, Halle Berry‘s orange bikini from Die Another Day and they also hope to have the original Ursula Andress white bikini from Dr No that inspired Halle Berry’s homage.

Although there will be an Aston Martin DB5, a boat and a snowmobile the main focus will be on fashion and gadgets as there is already a specific exhibition around the Bond vehicles running at the moment at The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

The exhibition is called Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style and will take over the whole ground floor of the Barbican as well as an additional theatre on the lower level.

Fashion on show will include work from Tom Ford (Quantum of Solace and Skyfall), Giorgio Armani (Casino Royale) and Donatella Versace (Die Another Day).

The exhibition runs at the Barbican from 06 July to the 05 September 2012 and it is expected to be extremely popular so the organisers are running a timed admission system. Online booking opens tomorrow (01 March 2012).

Leap year proposals – although it is not so unusual these days for the woman to ask the man to get married it is traditionally a leap year and specifically 29 February that is the time for a woman to ask a man to get married.

The first mention of this tradition is found in 1288 when Queen Margaret of Scotland passed a law allowing women to propose marriage during a leap year. It was also the case that any man declining a woman’s leap year marriage proposal had to pay a fine. This ranged from an item of clothing to a kiss. Men beware!

It is primarily a UK tradition as in the US the traditional day for women to propose to men is Sadie Hawkins Day, which is the first Saturday in November. The day is named after a character in the comic strip Li’l Abner

Just in case you are thinking of proposing to your man today here are the odds for you. Around 9% of marriage proposals are from women to men and of these 80% of proposals are accepted.

To mark the tradition of female leap-year proposals there is a new display of special leap-year postcards going on display at the Donald McGill Museum on the Isle of Wight. McGill was the master of producing the British saucy seaside postcard and his busty women and small men are a feature of vintage seaside entertainment.

A leap year occurs every 4 years and its purpose is to keep the calendar in sync with the seasons and the astronomical year. A leap year is also known as a bissextile or intercalary year. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 don’t contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 didn’t contain a leap day while 2000 did.


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