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 a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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