Tarot and James Bond

July 21st, 2012 § 0 comments

James Bond fans who find themselves in London, England this summer might want to check out Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at the Barbican Centre.

James Bond 007 Tarot Deck by Fergus Hall - 1973

As described by the presenters, the exhibition is ‘a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history’.

It’s a show about what made James Bond the style icon he is today – high fashion costumes, sets, gadgets, cars, exotic locals, death defying stunts, and of course, props.

It’s specifically the props that interested me in this story.

In the 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die, Jane Seymour plays a Tarot reader named Solitaire (see the video clip below) who uses a Tarot deck by Fergus Hall designed especially for the film.

Card Back of James Bond 007 Tarot Deck by Fergus Hall - 1973

As you might have already suspected, that very Tarot deck is on display at the Designing 007 show. What fun!

I have my own beat up copy of the deck and really like it. You can find it now under the name of The Tarot of the Witches, but I love that the backs of my cards say 007.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style will run through September 5th. See it if you can.

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