James Bond: Lover of Architecture, Hater of Architecture


We must confess that this writer is assembling this post on Tuesday night because he has snagged one of the 70,000 golden tickets to go hear Obama speak, so we say hello to you, future self and tomorrow/today’s readers — we hope the election turned out the way you wanted it to. And since we’re all likely dealing with celebratory/depressing hangovers this morning, we thought we’d start out with something fun. It’s Steve Rose‘s piece in the Guardian extolling the virtues of the new James Bond film solely due to how much great architecture it includes. Rose figures it’s because its director, Marc Forster, is Swiss and those people sure do love their sleek and their modern. In the first half, he runs through all the cool buildings included in the film, from the Festival House Bregenz in Austria to Auer and Weber‘s ESO Paranal Residencia in Chile (who were so proud to be included that they even have a new section on their site dedicated to the shoot). Halfway, Rose turns the story around a bit by complaining that while a lot of Bond films have featured some great architecture over the years, what’s with him always having to blow it up all the time?

Those villains tend to put a great deal of effort into their bachelor pads, recruiting tasteful but evil architects, contractors, interior designers etc — it can’t be easy. Then along comes Bond. The villains are the creators; Bond is the destroyer. He’s basically an enemy of architecture.

And yet another Bond-to-architecture connection, the German firm Zendome was hired to construct a temporary geodesic dome for the premiere of the latest film in Berlin on Monday. Of course, all the photographers weren’t interested in getting any of photos of that and instead decided to focus their attention of the boring celebrities. No word or not if Daniel Craig later blew up the structure after the premiere.