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Bond exhibit comes to city, shows 007's car, film villains

AN exhibition on fictional British spy James Bond opened in Shanghai yesterday.

Neil McConnon, lead curator of "Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style," said nothing was taken out of the exhibition and they "certainly didn't edit at all for Chinese audiences."

The exhibition in Shanghai, backed by a commercial company, is being mounted at the privately owned Minsheng Art Museum.

It is an expanded offering from previous shows in London and the Canadian city of Toronto, incorporating more material from the latest film in the franchise "Skyfall." The boat used by Daniel Craig as Bond to enter a Macau casino is in display in Shanghai, where the film was partly shot.

Parts of "Skyfall," including a scene showing prostitution in Macau, was removed, as was a line in which Bond's nemesis mentions being tortured by Chinese security agents.

A section in which a hitman takes out a Chinese security guard in a skyscraper in Shanghai was also cut.

In a room dedicated to villains, the display also includes an outfit worn by Michelle Yeoh playing Chinese spy Wai Lin in "Tomorrow Never Dies" - who as a cover story claimed to be a reporter for China's official news agency, Xinhua.

Visitors can see a model of Bond's Aston Martin DB5, the bowler hat used as an airborne weapon by the character Oddjob in "Goldfinger," and the orange bikini worn by actress Halle Berry in "Die Another Day."

But Chinese audiences are more familiar with recent Bond films, through both theatrical release and pirated DVDs, than the classics of the franchise.

"It will be perhaps a different experience for a Chinese audience who won't have the same shared experience and the same resonance as audiences in the US or Europe," McConnon said.


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