James Bond

Exposition James Bond 007 à la Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris)

Une exposition dédiée à James Bond, le plus célèbre des agents secrets britanniques, est organisée à Paris, à la Grande Halle de la Villette en 2016 (Avril à Septembre). Dans cette exposition temporaire dont le nom est 50 ans de style Bond, vous pourrez admirer plus de 500 objets originaux, de quoi se plonger dans l’univers du célèbre agent secret anglais. Que vous soyez fan d’Aston Martin, des costumes des films ou des gadgets du fameux “Q”, responsable de division recherche & développement du MI6, vous ne serez pas déçus par l’exposition consacrée à James Bond.

Les visiteurs franchissent l’entrée de l’exposition en passant dans un tunnel en forme de canon d’arme à feu ( le fameux «gun barrel»), évoquant les célèbres génériques d’ouverture des films de la saga . Ils se retrouvent ensuite dans une salle consacrée à Ian Fleming, qui créa le personnage en 1953 et fut lui-même espion pendant le Seconde Guerre mondiale.
On peut y voir le manuscrit original de Dr. No, ainsi que les premières édition des autres romans de James Bond qui ont été portés à l’écran. On y apprend aussi que l’idée d’appeler le héros de ses romans James Bond est venue à l’écrivain en regardant sa bibliothèque où se trouvait l’ouvrage d’un ornithologue qui portait ce nom.

Les visiteurs de la Grande Halle peuvent découvrir les armes souvent cruelles de ses ennemis: le pistolet d’or de Scaramanga, les dents d’acier de Requin, le chapeau-guillotine de Oddjob… mais aussi les nombreux véhicules et gadgets de l’agent secret, dont les Aston Martin DB5 de 1964 et DB10 (conduite par Daniel Craig), la moto chevauchée par Pierce Brosnan dans Demain ne meurt jamais ou encore le chapeau melon aux bords d’acier du tueur à gages de Goldfinger.

Enfin, pour la première fois, des pièces issues du tournage de Spectre, sorti en 2015, sont présentées. Les gadgets de geek du nouveau Q, l’anneau maléfique d’Oberhauser le n°1 du Spectre (alias Ernst Stavro Blofeld), et quelques photos exclusives du tournage dirigé par Sam Mendes sont le clou du spectacle.

 
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James Bond, également connu par son matricule 007, est un personnage de fiction créé en 1953 par l’écrivain et ancien espion britannique Ian Fleming dans le roman Casino Royale.

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Photo de Ian Fleming le Créateur de James Bond

De 1953 à sa mort en 19641, Ian Fleming publiera douze romans et neuf nouvelles regroupées en deux recueils avec le personnage de James Bond. Après la mort de Fleming, les aventures de Bond ont été écrites par différents auteurs. Ces romans ont été d’immenses succès internationaux, mais ce sont les nombreuses et régulières adaptations cinématographiques qui ont fait de James Bond, espion des services secrets britanniques et grand séducteur, un authentique mythe contemporain.

Depuis 1962, 26 adaptations cinématographiques ont vu le jour. James Bond y est incarné par différents acteurs, Sean Connery ayant été le premier d’entre eux, alors que Daniel Craig endosse ce rôle depuis 2006 et que Roger Moore a été celui qui a interprété le personnage le plus de fois., La production de ces films, qui se poursuit encore aujourd’hui, constitue l’une des plus longues sagas de l’histoire du cinéma.

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Les Six Acteurs ayant interprété James Bond

Biographie Fictive de James Bond

James Bond est le fils d’Andrew Bond, un Écossais originaire de Glen Coe, et de Monique Delacroix, une Suissesse.

James Bond passe une bonne partie de ses jeunes années à l’étranger, ce qui lui permet de maîtriser parfaitement l’allemand et le français, grâce au travail de son père comme représentant à l’étranger de la firme britannique d’équipement militaire Vickers. À onze ans, Bond perd ses deux parents dans un accident d’alpinisme dans le massif des Aiguilles Rouges, près de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Après la mort de ses parents, il part vivre en Angleterre, à Pett Bottom, dans le Kent chez sa tante Charmian Bond qui achève son éducation. Vers ses 12 ans, il entre au Eton College, qu’il quitte au bout de deux semestres pour « mauvaise conduite » avec une des femmes de ménage.

Bond quitte Eton pour le collège de Fettes à Édimbourg en Écosse, l’ancienne école de son père où il se fait remarquer pour une aptitude à tous les sports, en particulier la boxe (poids léger).

En 1941, Bond ment sur son âge pour pouvoir entrer dans la Royal Naval Reserve pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, d’où il sort avec le grade de commander. Bond conserve son rang alors qu’il est employé dans les services secrets britanniques.

Quand il n’est pas en mission, Bond habite à Kings Road dans le quartier de Chelsea à Londres. Son appartement est entretenu par une vieille gouvernante écossaise nommée May Maxwell, qui est très loyale et maternelle envers lui.

Bond connaît de nombreuses conquêtes féminines mais il s’agit pour la quasi-totalité d’amourettes ou d’aventures d’une nuit. Il s’agit des fameuses James Bond girls. Dans les films plus récents, son attitude envers les femmes est plus douce, il respecte le nouveau M qui est une femme, et quelques femmes comme Elektra King ou Paris Carver réussissent à modifier un peu son attitude.

 

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When In Paris…Top 5 Things You Must Do!

Your first time in the City of Lights, and you’re in search for events in Paris? With so much to do and see and so little time, where do you start off? Citibreak has stepped in to narrow down the list for you. We bring to you the crème de la crème of Paris and some other hidden jewels so that you make the most of your trip.

So, whether you’re relaxing with family, or on an adventure with friends, this list is a great starting point!

Visit The Musée Rodin

The famed and stately 19th century mansion was the former residence of the renowned sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The museum now houses about 6,000 of Rodin’s sculpted works, which include his legendary masterpieces The Thinker, The Hand of God, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell, and many more.

One of the other features that have for the longest of times added to the tourist’s experience is the voluptuous and stunning gardens; English style rose gardens, fountains, cafes and spectacular exhibitions hosted is what you can expect from the Museum of Rodin.

A Walk In The Palais-Royal Gardens

Looking for a serene getaway? It’s time you made a trip to the spectacular gardens right behind a 17th century palace. Prior to being a regal walkway, the peaceful gardens now house some of the most elegant shops selling expensive perfumes and designer apparel. Unleash your inner shopaholic and feel free to splurge a little on these Parisian offerings.

Visit The Notre-Dame Cathedral

After 200 years of work, construction of the cathedral was finally completed in 1345. Dilapidated and victim of extreme damage, it was heavily renovated and brought to life years later. The venue is open and free for all.

However, if you’re interested in a little excursion, i.e. to participate in the 387-step climb to the top, you may have to pay a small price. But most who have made the tiny investment claim that it was well worth the price. You will be able to view Montmartre to the north, and the Arc de Triomphe to the west, amongst several other places.

Stroll Down The Luxembourg Gardens

Another free attraction that makes our list is these striking gardens. Bordered by Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this is a must-visit if you’re traveling with family. Sailboats at the Grand Basin, playgrounds, merry-go-rounds, riding ponies, and puppet shows are some of the most evident activities in these luscious and enchanting gardens; perfect for an impromptu picnic!

Take A Ride In On The Bateau Mouche

Nothing is more picturesque than seeing Paris from a boat through the Seine. The 2-4 hour boat trip will consist of a gourmet meal, some lovely champagne, and sightseeing with live commentary by a guide. The ride may have some stops at the best attractions in Paris. So remember to have your cameras all charged up and ready to roll!

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4 Unusual Sites To Visit In Paris

When you plan out things to do in Paris, it might primarily consist of attending the most sought after cultural events, dining at the finest restaurants and visiting the most famous monuments. While there is an allure to this, Paris off the beaten path is just as appealing.

So get ready to take off your chic shoes, and replace them with a more comfortable pair for a visit to unusual places in Paris:

Visit The Vineyards Of Montmartre

While once these vineyards were a flourishing wine trading supply, they were wiped out after a disease. Taking control and charge of the situation, the city began a feast in celebration of the vineyards supply. From wine tasting ceremonies, entertainment concerts, parades and guided visits especially designed for tourists, the place serves as the perfect spot for tourists. The reason why this has made our list of the unusual places is because of the interesting and unique history and revival of Paris’ wine culture that it symbolizes.

Catacombes de Paris

The underground system is somewhat a 300 km of labyrinth, out of which 2 km consists of vast cemetery. During the 19th century, the state realized that the cemeteries in Paris were saturated and hence decided to dig up millions of Parisian corpses that included famous personalities like La Fontaine, Montesquieu and Danton.

While you might think this place would be rather gloomy, the truth is that it offers tourists a new and interesting perspective – an opportunity to view the city with new eyes.

Grévin

Ever heard of the Grévin? It is the exact equivalent of Madame Tussauds in London. From football celebrities like Zidane to Louis XIV, Elton John, Einstein, the place has approximately 300 lifelike wax statues just waiting for your attention! The statues are so accurately designed that if you’re not paying too much attention, they almost seem real! In addition, you can also experience the famous ‘Hall of Mirrors’, enjoying the unique optical illusions.

Passage Brady

Unique in every way, the Brady Passage is like a city within a city. Popularly referred to as the ‘Little India’ of Paris, this place is like an exotic venue and offers access to some of the best secrets, tastes and traditions of India. From restaurants, spice stores, and barber shop, discover a hidden India right in Paris!

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Paris In All Its Stunning Glory: Top Attractions

With 105.4 km2 of area, hundreds of museums and exhibitions, what should you see, and where should you start from? The city of light shines brightest, and with its entire splendor, all year round. If you’re looking for things to do in Paris, we’ve assisted you by listing down some of the most popular and beautiful sights in the city of lights!

Eiffel Tower

What kind of list would this be without the mention of the most sought after and symbolic representation of Paris itself: the Eiffel Tower? Built by Gustave Eiffel, it is one of the most visited monuments in the world, with over 7 million visitors a year.

It’s the ascent, wherein lies the most enjoyment. You can enjoy a spectacular view while traveling up the tower via the escalator. Those who have a flair for adventure and the stamina can opt to climb the steps (1,665 to the summit). However, fair warning; prepare yourself for long queues. Although it has been said by many, that the wait is worth the watch!

Moulin Rouge

This cabaret, which is famous for the spiritual birthplace of the French Cancan, is located at the foot of Montmartre hill. Initially introduced as the courtship dance, the cancan has evolved to give rise to the legendary cabaret to what it in known today. The style, culture and beautiful concept have been replicated around the world. The Moulin Rouge is a famous tourist attraction, a hotspot for many tourists traveling to Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral

It has been famously quoted by many: no trip to Paris is ever completed until you’ve visited this 12th century gothic cathedral, the Notre Dame Cathedral. The stained glass, statuary, towers and vast expanse is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet. Take some time out to witness this stunning monument that took over a hundred years of hard labor for completion.

Versailles

Constructed in the seventeenth century, the Chateau de Versailles is a vast reminder of the military command of France within the country, and all over Europe. The lavish gardens, beautiful terraces and complex buildings are a guaranteed must visit for you! On your trip, you will begin your tour with the State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s Chamber.

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From Paris, With Love: Fantastic Free Things To Do In Paris

Referred to as the city of love, art paradise and fashion powerhouse, Paris has something to offer to everyone. Think a vacation to one of the most beautiful cities in the world will break your bank? It doesn’t have to!

Let Paris charm you with her hospitality with these free things that you can indulge in with your family and friends:

Take Advantage of Free First Sunday Programme!

If you’re visiting Paris for a few weeks, time it right! You could enjoy the generous free first Sunday programme benefits. According to this, you can gain access to some of the most sought after tourist magnets. What are these beautiful venues that you can visit without paying a door fee? Take a look:

  • Louvre (the largest and most visited museum in the world!);
  • Musee d’Orsay (fine arts from mid 19th century to beginning of 20th century);
  • Musée du Quai Branly (Primitive Arts);
  • Centre Pompidou (Modern art);
  • Musée Guimet (Asian Arts)
  • – Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Best photo exhibitions in Paris)
  • – Maison de Victo Hugo (house of Victo Hugo and now a museum about the author of Les Misérables, located in Place des Vosges)

Parc de la Villette free open air cinema

A fan of the theatre? Make the most of your summer trip with a stop at the Parc de la Villette open air cinema. Every year, during July and August, they screen various movies with specific themes. From Where the Wild Things Are, to The Killing, enjoy a picnic cum movie perched comfortably on the warm grass with the cool summer wind in your hair.

Picnicking at the Square du Vert-Galant

Looking for a bit of an outdoor excursion? Then the Square du Vert-Galant is your place to be! A bohemian vibe, relaxing environment and the view of boats sailing past is what you should expect from this trip. Usually a hot-spot for tourist, it is never a challenge to find a good spot where you can enjoy the magic of Paris in all its glory.

Place des Vosges

Regal and glorious, this arcaded square is a beautiful reminder why Paris is one of the most popularly visited places in the world. This town has somewhat evolved as a park, with benches, climbing frames, with the Pavillon de la Reine and Pavillon du Roi on the north and south of its side. You will come across stunning art galleries, restaurants, courtyards and mansions that are sure to take your breath away!

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Famous works of art transformed into buildings

Federico Babina illustrated a variety of houses in the style of famous artists. Among the well known artists are names such as Piet Mondrian, Gerhard Richter, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Donald Judd, Picasso, Christo and some more well known artist names.

 

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Babina explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and art, and how they would interact with each other.

You can check out the full Archist series on Federico Babina’s website.

 

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