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A FAMOUS golden gun and a razor-rimmed bowler hat emerged from their wrapping as curators at the Science Museum in London began piecing together a tribute to James Bond.

BONDABILIA

A FAMOUS golden gun and a razor-rimmed bowler hat emerged from their wrapping as curators at the Science Museum in London began piecing together a tribute to James Bond.

The ``Bond, James Bond'' exhibit, which will open Wednesday, will have the biggest collection of Bond memorabilia ever assembled, including exploding plaster casts, laser-firing watches, bulletproof racing cars and exotic costumes worn by ``Bond girls.''

``We have 100 different things from the 20 Bond films so far, including at least one from every film,'' said Nicola Osmond Evans, a spokeswoman for the museum.

The exhibit, which will fill up two floors, will open just more than a week after Saturday's 40th anniversary of ``Dr. No,'' the first screen outing for 007, based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery as Bond.

Visitors can participate in an interactive computer game testing their potential as a secret service officer, and watch previously unseen film footage and outtakes of several stunts.

The exhibit will run until March, when it will transfer to the United States. American locations have yet to be announced.

The latest installment in the spy franchise, ``Die Another Day,'' starring Pierce Brosnan, is scheduled for release later this year.

On the Internet: www. sciencemuseum.org.uk

PANCHO

ANTONIO BANDERAS will play the title role in ``And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,'' an HBO Films production directed by Bruce Beresford.

Shooting will will take place in the old Mexican mining town of Guanajuato.

The movie, also starring Alan Arkin and Jim Broadbent, is based on a real incident. Villa, eager to raise funds during the 1910-17 Mexican revolution, sold the rights to a film about himself to the nascent American movie industry.

U.S. filmmakers shot actual battles for the 1914 silent movie ``The Life of Pancho Villa.''

Banderas, 42, also has starred in ``The Mask of Zorro'' and the ``Spy Kids'' films.
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