Architect Chad Oppenheim remembers watching The Man with the Golden Gun in 1978, enthralled by the modernist elegance of assassin Francisco Scaramanga's home: "He had one of the sickest hideouts of all time." In some ways, Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains is the culmination of Oppenheim's childhood fascination and delves into the sinister architectural marvels of 15 motion pictures. Several but not all of them belong to Bond villains; one even belongs to animated antagonist Syndrome in Pixar's The Incredibles.
This arresting compendium provides an overview of each film, villain and hideout, along with striking stills and blueprints, all set in silver ink against black pages. Also included are essays and interviews that explore deeper facets of morality and modernism. For the movie buff and design aficionado, Lair offers an unforgettable tour of top-secret retreats of exceptional taste. --Dave Wheeler, associate editor, Shelf Awareness