His original concept for the museum was that it be about espionage in the real world, not fiction. So, along with Bond, "Exquisitely Evil" includes 15 video clips from former CIA agents, including Robert Baer, author of "See No Evil," explaining how intelligence gathering really works. The clips are called "My Bond Moments."
Rimington says, "As the films have moved on, the world has moved with them, and they've moved with the world. So with the latest film, 'Skyfall,' it's a very different, different picture that's presented." The closing room is devoted to the dangers of modern-day cyber-warfare.
Museumgoers will enjoy the interactive exhibits. There's "Can you hang?" where you can test how long you can hang onto a metal bar -- which starts slowly turning after a certain point.
Anna Slafer, director of the museum, says they wanted to make people "reflect on 'How have I been affected by fiction over the years?'" One question from an interactive poll is: "007 has a license to kill. Do you think that real intelligence officers have a license to kill?"
Another question: Would today's intelligence services accept James Bond as an agent?
'Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains'
WHEN: Through 2014
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: 202-393-7798; www.spymuseum.org/
INFO: Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission prices range from $14.95 to $19.95. Free for children 6 and younger.