James Bond: Architecture Critic

A session at Interesting North

Saturday 13th November, 2010

4:30pm to 4:50pm (GMT)

Bond films are filled with awe inspiring architecture, often where the traditional climactic rendezvous between Bond and his nemesis takes place.

Be dazzled by the rhythmic concrete facades! Thrill to the earth-toned interiors! Swoon over the long internal perspectives. Salivate over the minimal detailing! Then watch it all get blown to smithereens!

“Almost inevitably, the building does not survive its encounter with Bond, and as he saunters away from its smoking ruins, it occurred to me that few buildings ever do.” Steve Rose, Guardian Film Review, Quantum of Solace.

Who does Bond think he is? A tool of the British Government, he constantly removes the vehicles and tools created by global corporate leaders, employing thousands (yes for their nefarious deeds)

and returning us to the dark ages. Would he prefer we live in a mock tudor gated community surrounded by the past.

As a militant modernist I nostalgically look at our future, and why we must denounce bond as a philistine.

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Toby Barnes

Product Strategy Director at AKQA, Portland where I lead the conception and creation of products, content and services for Nike.

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Time 4:30pm4:50pm GMT

Date Sat 13th November 2010

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