Whether you’re simply a fan of the James Bond film franchise or a lover of fast cars and gadgets, the Bond in Motion exhibition is a fabulous experience for the whole family. The London Film Museum in Covent Garden, one of Central London’s renowned locations, has been the home of the display since March 2014, and for now, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.
To begin, you have two options, either go straight down into the main presentation area or ease yourself into the experience by heading upstairs where you will find some amazing scale models of buildings and sets used in some of the James Bond films. You also get the chance to admire some of the original storyboards created for the films, artwork, clapper boards and other bits of authentic memorabilia. It’s literally a small slice of heaven if you’re a film buff or bond fanatic.
As you start to make your way back downstairs towards the main exhibition you’re greeted by the Wallis WA-116 Agile autogyro, named ‘Little Nellie’, which was flown by Sean Connery in ‘You Only Live Twice’. As you marvel at this peculiar contraption hanging from the ceiling, the excitement starts to build as know there is much more yet to come.
After descending below ground level into the main exhibition you will encounter some very well looked after vintage Rolls Royce’s that are so shiny you can literally see your reflection in them. These mint condition classic cars are just a taster of what’s to come as you start to move through the exhibit.
As you start to see glimpses of the different vehicles on display you begin to feel like a kid in a candy store. In one direction you can see the Aston Martin DB5, and in another, you can see the Lotus Esprit S1 submersible. However, you needn’t worry as there is absolutely no rush. In fact, I would actually urge anyone visiting the show to slow down and take the time to absorb each vehicle and the role they played in Bond history.
To assist with your trip down memory lane there are conveniently placed screens and projectors next to many of the vehicles showing scenes from the James Bond film that the vehicle was featured in. I like James Bond films, but I can’t remember every single scene from every film so the film clips really helped jog my memory, and the sound definitely added a lot of atmosphere to the exhibition.
If you’re into Bond gadgets then you’re in for a treat. One of my favourite vehicles at the show was the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from ‘Die Another Day’ which is complete with rocket launchers that fire from the front grille and machine guns that raise out of the car bonnet. Some of the non-car highlights of the exhibit were definitely the speed boats, motorbikes and the jetpack!
When you reach the end of the spectacle you can grab a coffee, take a seat and debate which vehicle you thought was the best before taking a look around the gift shop that offers a good range of licensed James Bond products and souvenirs. To remember the special day, I bought a pack of postcards that featured the theatrical posters for all of the Bond movies, and a ‘Bond in Motion’ mug.
Overall, Bond in Motion was an amazing experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys James Bond films. It was great to see first-hand how well some of the older vehicles have been maintained and I think it’s wonderful that they’re being put on display for fans to enjoy. With regards to some of the newer cars, being able to see how the weapons and gadgets were factored into the design was truly awesome. At times I felt like I was on a movie set, it was an incredible atmosphere. Bond in Motion definitely gets the thumbs up from me!
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