Bond Exhibition Comes To London – a brand new exhibition featuring the largest collection of James Bond cars and memorabilia ever assembled in London opens this week at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.
Bond In Action was originally held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu from January to December 2012 to celebrate 50 years of James Bond in the movies. As well as all the iconic Bond vehicles that featured in the original exhibition this new version will also have on show plenty of other Bond memorabilia such as props and original action sequence boards used in planning the movies.
Before the public opening on 21 March today saw a press, celebrity and Bond movie stars special opening day. Amongst those attending were former Bond girls Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) and Maryam d’Abo (The Living Daylights). Also there were Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson as well as some celebrity Bond fans such as David Walliams.
Walliams was quite smitten with all the Bond movie items on show especially the cars and it seems from his tweet earlier today that his favourite item in the exhibition is the classic silver birch coloured Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964. The original Aston Martin in Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger novel was actually a DB Mark III but it was decided that the newer model had the edge by the time filming commenced and a legend was born.
Amongst the other Bond cars on show are the Rolls Royce Phantom III that was Auric Goldfinger’s vehicle in the movie, the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 from Die Another Day and a damaged Aston Martin DBS used for one of the stunt scenes in Quantum of Solace.
As well as the Bond cars there are plenty of other vehicles on show including the Ski-Doo snowmobile from Die Another Day, the BMW motorbike from Tomorrow Never Dies, the high-speed Q Boat from The World Is Not Enough, the Tuk Tuk from Octopussy with the most unconventional bit of transport on show being the cello case used by Maryam d’Abo and Timothy Dalton to make their escape over the border in The Living Daylights.
Ticket prices are £14.50 for a full-price ticket with a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children costing £38 and little under 5 year-old Bond fans getting in for free.