James Bond in Motion – London Film Museum

The largest collection of original James Bond Vehicles is now displayed at the London Film Museum at Covent Garden.

TFB had a look – with the focus on the firearms, rockets and other similar things used in the James Bond movies.

Bond in Motion” is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles and it’s the largest display of its kind ever staged in London.

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James Bond first hit the big screen in 1962, when Ian Fleming’s 007 was introduced to cinema audiences around the world as the double o agent in Dr No. Half a century and six Bonds later, the franchise is now one of the longest running in cinema history.

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In the main exhibition space the numerous vehicles on display include the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me. Displayed alongside less predictable 007 modes of transport such as the Citroën 2CV and the Crocodile Submarine the exhibit also includes a variety of aircraft, boats and motorcycles.

 

This is not Madame Tussauds, but there is a vax figure of James Bond at the entrance. “Helicopter” from You Only Live Twice.

Bond’s trigger discipline is not the best!

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Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day 2002, with some deadly “special options”. Bombardier MX Rev Ski-Doo in the background.

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These creative action vehicles play a pivotal role in all 23 movies and continue to propel James Bond to the cutting-edge of cinematic espionage. There are no replicas – every vehicle exhibited is an original used for filming. The majority are loaned from the archive of EON Productions who produce the movies and the Ian Fleming Foundation who have located and restored many of the vehicles.

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I’m not sure where the V12 engine had to go for all this to fit.

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Ingram MAC 10 like machine guns, rockets and some other large caliber guns.

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One shot and crashed Aston Martin.

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One of the most iconic James Bond vehicles ever? The Lotus Esprit S1 1976.

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This scene is worth watching again.

The Bath-O-Sub from Diamonds are Forever 1971.

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The Q Boat from The World is Not Enough 1999.

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The Q Boat has an interesting note inside the cabin. Watch your arse.

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Aston Martin DB5, 3D printed replica used in Skyfall 2012.

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The Citroen 2CV.

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A fine classic, Aston Martin DB5, used in Golden Eye 1995.     James-Bond-39

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The AMC Hornet X from The Man with the Golden Gun. Think cork screw Bridge Jump.

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Jaguar and Williams from 2013, 850 hp from a 1,6 litre, dual-boosted 4 cylindre engine, maximum speed 200 mph. Jaguar C-X75 from Spectre 2015, probably the closest thing to a supercar in James Bond’s world.

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BMW 750iL with roof-mounted rockets.

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Aston Martin 1986. Note the “sled” towards the wall.

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Remote control for the Aston Martin.

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BMW Z8 in 007 the World is not enough 1999.

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This M Engine comes with rockets.

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Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day 2002 with rockets and mini gun.

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Not sure exactly how the mini gun is supposed to be able to shoot over the A pillar.

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Some of James Bond’s personal belongings. Note the Universal Exports business card and American Express credit card.

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Various Passports during 007’s career.

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Note the last name: “Broadchest“.

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There’s much more to see, so if you’re in London, have a look: http://londonfilmmuseum.com/



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Edeco

    Huh, AMC Hornet, I’d thought it was a Vega. A Hornet I guess is slightly classier, since anything would have to be…

    • mike

      The Jag looks fantastic. Even better than the new F-type.
      The XJ220 was great, but all time sexy car the E-type

      • Edeco

        Yup, E-type hardtops are neat looking, 220’s amazingly clean. The May Fireball an interesting concept but I can’t forgive the cheesy notch-back in XJSs.

        Kind of a psychotic company, which makes sense given where it’s out of… knocks one out of the park now and then but usually makes abominable frankencars.

  • Giolli Joker

    Cool!
    The “trigger discipline photo” is a baffle strike waiting to happen. 😛

    • Dougscamo

      Don’t you hate it when your suppressor starts to suffer from E.D.?…..

      • Graham2

        The PPK is getting on a bit, so it’s not a surprise. The PPQ is still young enough to be virile though.

  • some other joe

    6 Bonds?
    Lazenby, Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, Craig, Niven….
    Who’d I miss, besides everyone else codenamed JB in Casino Royale.

  • Arie Heath

    I flinched when I saw the suppressor on the PPK. Can somebody say baffle strike?

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    On second thought maybe wax wasnt an ideal material for a suppressor…

    But it still is not detectable with a metal detector

  • M C

    “I’m not sure where the V12 engine had to go for all this to fit.”

    On a shelf in the SFX company workshop – it was replaced with a V8 to make room for the gadgets and 4WD system needed to drive on the ice.

    • John

      Given the average lifespan of an MI6 car in Bond’s hands, it’s not as though he’d drive it long enough to tell the difference.

  • Nicholas C

    I went to the same place in May 2015. It was cool seeing all the cars from the films.

  • mike

    Back when I was young and saw Goldfinger for the first time I thought I was watching a film about a vet.

  • Jim Smith

    The first DB5 was leased from Aston Martin and when it was returned, it as scratched and had some body damage. The company was going to scrap it as they did not believe any of their customers would buy a used, damaged car. An employee bought it for its scrap value. He has been offered millions for it, but would not sell it until he retired. Made for a hell of a retirement nest egg.