You KNOW you are going to see Skyfall because, well, you are human. But are you going to be one of the lucky ones who gets to view the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit at the International Spy Museum? To celebrate our martini sipping/womanizing/fearless/smooth/Aston Martin driving MI-6 spy’s golden eye year, the museum is offering us a view to a kill from a different perspective: through the eyes of the bad guys.Â I like. I like.
Truth be told, as much as we all the idea of 007, there is something fun, campy and special about getting to know the villains. Each one is so unique, so odd, so fascinating. If you have already seen Skyfall, then you know the same holds true for Javier Bardem’s Silva (you won’t even recognize Bardem), the vengeful sadistic brilliant antagonist for whom at one point (spoiler alert) I had developed a soft spot in my heart for the guy.Â That’s what makes Bond’s enemies so intriguing. Just WHAT are they trying to accomplish and why? And how? And with whom?
And before we get into Tuesday evening’s ever so civilized shindig at Sir Peter Westmacott’s residence, may I remark that certainly Daniel Craig’s James Bond is on the opposite end of the spectrum of many of the former players.Â While he is still calm, smooth, a ladies man, he is brooding, dark, and troubled.Â From my understanding, he exemplifies how Ian Fleming’s 007 was to be portrayed.Â Craig was panned at first during his trial role, but within time, audiences fell in love with this new type of Bond.Â This one is cold, mysterious, unnerved, yet with the smallest facial muscle movement, you know there is deep hidden hurt and sorrow.Â Craig again does a beautiful job and yes, he’s still quite the bad ass.
About 300 guests of British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and Mr. Peter Earnest, the Executive Director of The International Spy Museum & former CIA Covert Operations Officer had the pleasure of a few sneak peeks while at the residence. We enjoyed checking out two Aston Martins parked out on the drive, a glimpse or two of some of the exhibit’s artifacts (I saw Jaws’ teeth!), and a short film done by Dame Stella Rimington, former head of MI-5 & Spy Museum Board Member, who was also on site.Â By the way, there were spottings of a former FBI head, former CIA leadership, a few spies (not like us), and Tony Mendez, former CIA Master of Disguise & Spy Museum Board Member.Â But as we sipped our made- especially-for-us shaken, not stirred martinis, we wondered: Who knew which spy was which?Â Producer Barbara Broccoli had wanted to make an appearance, however, she could not as she was overseas, but other film luminaries were amongst us.
Sir Peter greeted everyone from the podium and then introduced Mr. Milton Maltz, Museum Founder & Chairman and CEO of The Malrite Company, who read a humorous “post” from Her Majesty the Queen.Â Peter Earnest also spoke briefly.Â The group later all headed to the AMC Lowes 14 in Georgetown for a complimentary private screening of Skyfall after picking up models of the helicopter used in the movie and a bag of goodies.
The exhibit opens Friday, November 16th at 10am at the International Spy Museum: You can meet Bondâ€™s villains, discover their evil schemes and see their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. The Museum has partnered with EON Productions, the Bond film producers, to showcase over 100 artifacts from the films–from airships and underground lairs to nuclear weapons and hungry sharks.
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Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.