James Bond: Spy And Architectural Buff?
November 8, 2012
The Elrod House by John Lautner
2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the 007 films, and tomorrow, November 9, will see the release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall. As astute film fans, we know that a Bond movie isn’t a Bond movie without some exotic locales, an interminably long car chase, and, of course, plenty of spectacular architecture–the latter sometimes rendering even the most boring of the movies watchable (we’re looking at you Diamonds Are Forever). Skyfall promises to live up to and even exceed these standards. Safe to say, there will be explosions, including the bombing of MI6 (aka the SIS Building).
Strangely enough, Iam Fleming, the creator of the series, was a harsh critic of modern architecture, going so far as to name Bond’s greatest villain, Goldfinger, after the English Brutalist architect, Ernő Goldfinger. Nevertheless, the films are littered with sculptural concrete and steel marvels, and we couldn’t think of 007 without them. Click through for all the modern architecture the Bond films have to offer!