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60 Years Of James Bond Hats Exhibit Opens At Lock & Co.

01 November, 2022

60 Years of James Bond Hats, a new exhibit featuring hats from the EON Productions Archive, has opened in London.

The 60 Years of James Bond Hats Exhibition at Lock & Co.

The 60th anniversary display was officially opened at Lock & Co. Hatters on St. James Street on October 26 by The Living Daylights actress Maryam d’Abo.

The Living Daylights actress Maryam d’Abo opened the exhibition at Lock & Co. Hatters on St. James Street

Lock & Co. Hatters is the oldest hat shop in the world and has also provided several hats in the early Bond films, including Sean Connery's Sandown Trilby hat in Dr. No and From Russia With Love and the dove grey hat for Timothy Dalton in Licence To KiIl.

60 Years Of James Bond Hats Exhibit has been curated by EON Archive Director Meg Simmonds

The James Bond Hats exhibit has been curated by EON Archive Director Meg Simmonds and includes many never-shown-before pieces.

“We have all six decades of Bond represented in this mini exhibition," Simmonds explains. "From Oddjob’s SFX hat seen in Goldfinger in the 1960s, to Monica Bellucci’s funeral hat seen in SPECTRE in 2015. We’ve included extra props to set the scene – so for example Q’s Clevo laptop and hotel pass to accompany the woolly beanie he wears in the mountain sequence in SPECTRE; Goldfinger’s golf shoes are shown with the Oddjob hat; fencing foils from Die Another Day set-off Bond’s fencing mask; and an inscribed Best Man lighter Felix gives to Bond in The Living Daylights, is shown with Tim’s bullet-damaged top hat. It was fun to be able to create little tableaus around each of the hats to give them context. We also have two full costumes from the SPECTRE Mexico City Day of The Dead scenes – Bond’s stunning hand painted skeleton tux alongside Estrella’s look.

Extra props from the archives were included to accompany the hats

“Some of the 19 hats on display have never been shown before. We’ve never exhibited Sir Roger Moore’s clown hat from Octopussy or Maryam’s nurse hat from The Living Daylights – probably because those costumes were both ‘disguises’ that didn’t, in a single look, sum up their characters. But it is fun to revisit those moments and plotlines. I hope visitors will enjoy seeing these pieces from the archive.”

Oddjob’s special effects hat seen in Goldfinger

To mark the 60th anniversary of James Bond on screen, two new Lock & Co. hats have been released in the 007 retail collaboration. The ‘James’ Trilby is a recreation of the original Lock & Co. hat worn in the very first 007 gun barrel sequence in Dr. No. Built on the same blocks, the new hat is crafted in luxury Escorial wool.

Lock & Co. The James Trilby - Dr. No Edition

Lock & Co. The James Trilby - Dr. No Edition

This hat is joined by a limited edition ’Sixty’ Baker Boy cap, inspired by the style of James Bond, made in navy wool with an anniversary satin lining.

James Bond Sixty Cap by Lock & Co

James Bond Sixty Cap by Lock & Co

Both hats are available now at 007Store.com and on the Lock & Co. website (£295).

60 Years of James Bond Hats is available to visit now until January 2023 at Lock & Co., 6 St James’s Street, London.


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