007: Giant James Bond exhibition comes to Paris

James Bond fans in France can start chin chin-ing their shaken martinis, because the most famous spy in the world is coming to Paris, Katie Warren writes.

007: Giant James Bond exhibition comes to Paris
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No doubt he’ll have a nostalgic drink at Harry’s New York Bar, where (as diehard fans will know) he lost his virginity at the tender age of 16, according to Ian Fleming’s short story From a View to a Kill.

But the more exciting place to be for Bond fans is actually the Grande Halle de la Villette, where between April 16th and September 4th, they can drool over a huge collection of Bond paraphernalia. 

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More than 500 original objects, emblematic of the James Bond universe, have been gathered for this exhibition, which retraces the steps of the famous spy saga.

Fans will be able to see two Aston Martins (driven by Daniel Craig in Spectre), costumes, film props and gadgets, and film sets from Spectre.

The journey through the Bond universe ends in the Palais de Glace, or “ice palace”, where you’ll be able to see projections of 007’s best action scenes in the snow. 

This show, launched in London in 2012, has already made its way through Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Madrid, and Mexico before landing in Paris.

The regular price of admission is €22, but for any true Bond fan, the experience will no doubt be priceless.

If you just can’t wait to find out exactly what kind of Bond paraphernalia will be at the expo, here are some of the objects you’ll be able to lay eyes on: 

– Daniel Craig’s white suit from Spectre

– Léa Seydoux’s satin dress

– Roger Moore’s white tuxedo from Octopussy

– the space suit from Moonraker

– the golden pistol from The Man with the Golden Gun

– the steel teeth of the brutal assassin, Jaws

– a fake gold bar signed by Sean Connery from Goldfinger

– a replica of the office of M, the boss of the secret service agents

– a “Golden Room” with a collection of all the golden objects from the saga

– the motorcycle ridden by Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies

– a mannequin of the woman painted gold in Goldfinger

– the original manuscript of Dr. No

– first editions of the James Bond novels that have been made into films


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What’s On in France: Nine great things to do in November

It's getting colder in France, but why not heat up your social calendar with a few of these events?

What's On in France: Nine great things to do in November
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Jazz sur La Ville Festival, Marseille, November 5th to December 2nd

“Life is a lot like jazz. . . it's best when you improvise,” said George Gershwin.

Get ready to feel jazzy as this year celebrates the twelfth edition of the Jazz Festival in Marseille, welcoming a seemingly endless list gifted artists. The festival, offering dozens live concerts, stretches out from Marseille to other locations in the region such as Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. So if you live in the south-east region of France you have no excuse.

Le Salon de la Photo exhibition, Paris, November 8th to 12th

Head to the Porte de Versailles for the chance to appreciate the creative works of modern-day photographers. The Photographers' Corner, where amateurs and professionals display their work, is not to be missed at Le Salon de la Photo exhibition. 

Chocolate Fair, Lyon, November 9th to 11th

Forget Cadbury's chocolate as Lyon, the widely known capital of gastronomy, has some tasty treats for you to get your teeth stuck into. The eighth edition of the chocolate fair, held at the Centre de Congres, is offering culinary demonstrations, cooking workshops and of course the famous parade of chocolate dresses that will be taking centre stage. Think of it as Paris Fashion Week meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Herring Festival, Etaples sur mer, Calais November 10th & 11th 

Dressed up in traditional costumes, the people of Étaples meet up on the banks of the Canche River in northern France to celebrate their favourite fish. Every year, thousands of people join them to enjoy herring in all its delicious forms – pickled, grilled, or smoked and accompanied of course by lots of wine.

France-wide: Armistice Day November 11th 

On Armistice Day, France honours those who fell or were injured during World War I with commemorative services. As 2018 marks the centenary of The Great War, memorial services this year are sure to be especially poignant. In Paris, a military parade will take place, and a ceremony will be held at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe. 

Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, November 15th

As the world's best wine party (as thought by many beaujoholics) is fast approaching, will you be ready to uncork a fruity bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau at the stroke of midnight? The festivities will be marked by fireworks, music and various parties to celebrate the region's first wine of the season

Beaujolais Nouveau day is one of France's most loved festivals. Here are 14 things you probably didn't know about it.

Africolor Festival, Paris, November 16th to December 22nd 

This music festival is bound to bring some colour back into your life during this cold and depressing time of year. The festival, which started out in the Parisian suburbs and has now spread across the whole city and its surroundings, features artists from all over Africa.

Christmas Market Colmar – November 23rd to December 30th

Though it may seem a bit early, the Christmas market in the picturesque town of Colmar in the Alsace region kicks off in late-November. Wandering around the illuminated city, trying out Alsatian specialities, and sipping from a mug of mulled wine will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit.

Salon des Vins, Paris, 29th November to December 2nd

At the foot of la Porte de Versailles, this exhibition will be a great opportunity for wine lovers to personally meet local sellers and to discover new wines as well as the history behind them.