A visit to Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum

After a successful two year run at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu March saw the “Bond In Motion” exhibition move to the London Film Museum at Covent Garden. Here we take a look at what to expect.

Aston Martin DB5

The official launch party for “Bond In Motion” was attended by various luminaries of the Bond world including stunt director Vic Armstrong, assorted Bond girls, Production Designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont and Dennis Gassner and current Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

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Although invited to the launch, The James Bond Dossier was unfortunately unable to attend. However, one Saturday right at the end of May I visited the exhibition with Alejandro, my four old son (and a Bond newbie), who almost exploded with joy at seeing full size cars with guns, rockets and skis.

Wrecked Aston Martin DBS

This was further reinforced when we watched Die Another Day later in the day when he could see the cars he’s seen earlier in the film. Four year olds are very easily pleased sometimes: “Daddy, daddy, look there are guns on the car!”

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“Bond In Motion” is predominantly a collection of cars from the Bond films but also includes some other vehicles too. The focus is on the later films but it does include gems such as the Lotus Esprit submarine, Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and the 2CV from For Your Eyes Only. As well as vehicles the are a few props and script excerpts dotted around the exhibition.

Goldfinger's Rolls Royce

The exhibition itself is quite compact with a small display upstairs of scene sketches and a model of MI6 headquarters. The remainder of the exhibition is on a single floor and does not take long to go around. I have been to several 007 car exhibitions and I was a little disappointed by how few cars are actually on display but still enjoyed attending.

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Apart from the cars with guns, Alejandro’s favourite part was the Scalextric track in the coffee shop which is free. There was only one DB5 to play with but I had to drag him way and he is keen to go back to play with the car!

There is the opportunity to have your photo taken in a tux surrounded by the gun barrel for £8, which was an opportunity not to miss with Alejandro.

Bond In Motion

“Bond In Motion” is open throughout the week between 10:00 and 18:00 (19:00 on Saturday), with last entry to the exhibition an hour before closing and photography is allowed without flash.

The London Film Museum is located at:

45 Wellington Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 7BN

Tickets are available on the door, but it is strongly advised to book in advance to avoid queuing.

Full price – £14.50
Child Ticket – [5-15years] £9.50
Concession Ticket – £9.50 [Students, 65 + and freedom pass holders]
Family Ticket – £38
Under 5 – Free

Article and photographs © Simon Leigh. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

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