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“Interesting Trip Down Memory Lane” 4 of 5 stars
Review of TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X5, Canada
(416) 968-3456
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Ranked #42 of 614 things to do in Toronto
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“Interesting Trip Down Memory Lane”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

The Designing Bond Exhibit is worth seeing if you have even a mild interest in the Bond films, especially if you like enjoy behind-the-scenes glimpses of the film industry. There are lots of interesting artifacts and stories about the making of the films, the gadgets and the costumes.

I appreciated the timed entry tickets. Rather than cram as many patrons as possible into the exhibit to make as much money as possible, entry is controlled and staggered so that you can enjoy the displays without feeling crushed or rushed. Allow an hour to see the entire exhibit.

I do agree with many of the complaints in earlier - the lighting is horrible! The Bond films are colourful and vibrant. Why is the exhibit so dark? The display placards are also hung very low making it even harder to read. I also would like to plug my own headphones into displays to hear commentary rather than share headphones or actual phone headsets with everyone else.

If you're a Scene card (movie) holder you can get 2 for the price of 1 admission.

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“Movies +, in the heart of the Entertainment District”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

TIFF stands for Toronto Internatiional Film Festival. The TIFF is a large movie complex in the heart of the Entertainment District. Not only does it show international & North American films, it mounts movie-relaated exhibitions. Right now there is a James Bond exhibit.

As I mentioned, The TIFF is in the heart of the Entertainment District. Roy Thompson Hall (concert venue) & The Royal Alexander Theatre are a short walk to the south. Going north, a few blocks, is Queen St. W.; a great strip of shops & boutiques of all kinds. It used to be a little more artsy; but even the name brand stores have not ruined the pleasure of walking this strip.

There are restaurants of all sorts, from raw vegetarian to deli's, and all price ranges.

The TIFF is easily accessible by public transit (subway &/or streetcar) & has underground parking. It is also wheelchair accessible & has a great view as you mount the escalator to the movie theatres.

An afternoon at the TIFF & dinner at Alice Fazooli's would be a great family day.

Visited October 2012
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“James Bond Exhibition Visit 27 Dec 2012”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

1. Much of it poorly lit, so you can't easily read the descriptions.
2. Very controlled environment - you are told in no uncertain terms what order to see things in. Visitors are simply an inconvenience to be processed.
3. Content of exhibition: meh. What a static representation of the definitive action film.
4. You are not permitted - for reasons unexplained - to remove your coat and carry it around as you walk through. If you want to remove your coat, you must exit and pay to leave it in a coat check.
5. You can see, for free, in the foyer, the (Bond film) bikinis of Ursula Andress and Halle Berry, and the swimming trunks of Sean Connery and Daniel Craig. Should that be your thing.
6. Mostly a cynical rip-off, IMHO. Just enough not to disappoint the die-hard fan. Not enough to interest those accompanying those fans.
7. Do not give this show your $15. It's worth maybe $5.

Visited December 2012
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“Bond is tops”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

They James Bond exhibit at the light box is great. Now I have to go back and watch all the movies now I have seen the props and have some behind-the-scenes stories. Lightbox facility is great place for indie movies or just to look around.

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“Designing 007; X-Men Master: Gordon Smith”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Hardcore James Bond fans like me will get a lot out of the Designing 007 exhibit running at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until Jan 20th. There are dozens of different mementos from across the 50-year history of the franchise, including gems like Bond's gadget-filled briefcase from "From Russia With Love", Oddjob's steel-bladed bowler hat from "Goldfinger", and Jaws' metal teeth from "The Spy Who Loved Me". Most props are original, with some replicas, such as Goldfinger's dinner jacket and Miss Galore's gold vest (no, that's not me being a ridiculous prude; TripAdvisor's profanity detector blocked me from using her first name!). A nice touch is that there are flatscreen monitors next to many of the props showing the relevant portion of the films in which they were used. There are also many concept sketches and blueprints so you can get a sense of how the final "look and feel" of the Bond movies originated.

A big negative for me was that photography is strictly prohibited -- I had been looking forward to taking pictures of the props from my favourite films. Then again, the exhibit still feels rather cramped even though it spans several different rooms, so I concede it is a good thing not to have droves of photographers blocking others' views.

I agree with a previous reviewer that it would have been nice to have included at least one of the cars from the films, but most of these are unavailable as they are currently on display at the Bond in Motion exhibit at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in England.

Bond fans will come away with an enhanced appreciation of these films. Those with only a passing familiarity with Bond movies would probably be bored to tears!

However, I can't imagine anyone not being impressed by the X-Men exhibit up on the 5th floor. This presents prostheses developed for the X-Men movies by Canadian makeup artist and special effects designer Gordon Smith. Highlights include Mystique's blue skin silicone appliqués, Nightcrawler's devilish hands, feet, and tail, and Sabretooth's claws. All of these are true works of art, finely crafted and intricately detailed. That exhibit runs until March 13th.

Visited November 2012
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