Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains

They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.

Meet Bond’s villains, uncover their evil schemes, and explore 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.

The exhibit explores how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times and how James Bond has influenced the public’s perception of real espionage. Historical artifacts and documents as well as classic film and audio clips profiling Bond and his adversaries complement the movie props.

Throughout the exhibit visitors can see specially created videos of intelligence professionals revealing connections between the Bond films and actual world events and espionage tradecraft. They also share their personal “Bond Moment” – their own spine-tingling experience in the field. People of all ages can also find out how they measure up to Bond and his villains with exciting interactive opportunities, from a shark tank experience to evading enemy spies to diffusing an atomic bomb.

Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains is included in the General Admission ticket.

Galleries include:

Bond Begins

Explore the man behind Bond: Ian Fleming—and his WWII intelligence work that inspired 007’s creation.

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Cold War Power Plays

Meet Bond’s longest-lasting rival, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and uncover his nefarious schemes to set the superpowers against each other.

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Murderous Monopolists

Discover two villains who plan to monopolize information age technology in order to obtain fabulous wealth and control the world.

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Drugs and Thugs

Trace how the drug trade evolved on film, from 1973’s heroin dealer Dr. Kananga, to 1989’s bloodthirsty cocaine kingpin Franz Sanchez.

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Cold War Castoffs

Meet villains who pursue power, money, and mad schemes of revenge amid the ideological wreckage and changing political landscape of the post-Cold War world.

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New World Disorder

Witness a new generation of shadowy villains who back terrorists and exploit environmental causes to mask their evil intentions.

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My Bond Moment

In this series of short videos, real intelligence operatives share their memories of their own real missions when they found themselves in a situation that could have been a scene in a 007 blockbuster.

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