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An exhibition on fictional British spy James Bond opened in Shanghai Thursday, just weeks after the Communist government's censors cut parts of the latest film in the franchise, "Skyfall".But Neil McConnon, lead curator of "Designing 007 -- Fifty Years of Bond Style" said there had been no censorship of the show, organised by London's Barbican.

The Shanghai exhibition, backed by a commercial company, is being mounted at the privately-owned Minsheng Art Museum.

It is an expanded offering from previous shows in London and the Canadian city of Toronto, incorporating more material from "Skyfall" including the boat used by Daniel Craig as Bond to enter a Macau casino.

In a room dedicated to villains, the display also includes an outfit worn by Michelle Yeoh playing Chinese spy Wai Lin in "Tomorrow Never Dies" -- who as a cover story claimed to be a reporter for China's official news agency, Xinhua.

Visitors can see a model of Bond's Aston Martin DB5 and the bowler hat used as an airborne weapon by the character Oddjob in "Goldfinger".


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