It was after a visit to one such display (of Silver Jubilee souvenirs) in August 1995, that Daryl approached the Towner with the proposal of a 007 exhibition. As a Bond fan herself, assistant curator Catherine Tonge was enthusiastic about the idea and arranged to view Daryl’s collection. Despite his forewarning, nothing had prepared Catherine for the scale of Daryl’s James Bond archive! Until now, the Towner had exhibited individual’s collections in one or two glass cases. Catherine concluded that an entire gallery would be needed for the 007 items!
After touring the displays Desmond obliged his many fans at the Towner by signing autographs. Later he joined Tony Brothers and Daryl in posing for the assembled press photographers.