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article imageVehicles of James Bond come to London Special

By Tim Sandle     May 9, 2016 in Entertainment
London - Many of the vehicles from the James Bond movies have been collected together for a special exhibit in London. The collection is at the London Film Museum.
James Bond movies are one of the longest running film franchises of all time. While some of the movies have stood the test of time better than others in terms of enjoyment and production values, each brought a touch of glamour. As well as daring escapades, attractive women and martini based cocktails, vehicles have played a large part with the Bond brand.
The London Film Museum is located in Covent Garden. The museum opened in 2008 and hosts a series of different exhibitions. 2016 sees the turn of all things James Bond.
The exhibition is titled, appropriately, Bond in Motion. The exhibition has much on offer, covering almost every James Bond movie.
One of the most interesting cars is the classic Aston Martin DB5, for years synonymous with James Bond. The Aston Martin DB5 was a British luxury grand tourer made by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian company Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
The DB5 is famous for being the most recognised cinematic James Bond car  first appearing in Goldfin...
The DB5 is famous for being the most recognised cinematic James Bond car, first appearing in Goldfinger (1964).
Not all Bond cars cars end up in good condition, as this one - a DBS model - from the more recent Casino Royale movie testifies.
The modern Aston Martin DBS is a high performance GT sports car version of the DB9 from the UK manuf...
The modern Aston Martin DBS is a high performance GT sports car version of the DB9 from the UK manufacturer Aston Martin.
Among the classic offerings is the car from Goldfinger. The car is driven by the central villain. This is a yellow-painted Rolls-Royce with number plate "AU 1" ("Au" being the chemical symbol for gold.)
The car of Auric Goldfinger: A wealthy  psychopathic man obsessed with gold.
The car of Auric Goldfinger: A wealthy, psychopathic man obsessed with gold.
Movie scenes are on show close to some of the vehicles, like this scene of Sean Connery from the Goldfinger picture.
Goldfinger (1964) is a British Technicolor spy film  the third in the James Bond series and the thir...
Goldfinger (1964) is a British Technicolor spy film, the third in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
In 1969 Bond switched vehicles to a Mercury Cougar XR7, for the picture On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In 1967, the Cougar was available in two models (base and XR-7) and only came in one body style (a two-door hardtop, no center or B-pillar).
On Her Majesty s Secret Service (1969) is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series.
With a 1970s feel, the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me was a popular attraction, judging by the attention it received from the museum visitors. The Esprit was launched in October 1975 at the Paris Auto Show, and went into production in June 1976.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series  and the third to star Ro...
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore.
For admirers of mid-period Bond, here is the Rolls-Royce silver cloud from A View To A Kill. The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was a car produced by Rolls-Royce Limited from April 1955 to March 1966. It was the core model of the Rolls-Royce range during that period.
A View to a Kill (1985) is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series  and the seventh and las...
A View to a Kill (1985) is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
Also from the middle era, a Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day, in garish green. The Jaguar XK are a series of grand tourer cars.
Die Another Day (2002) is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series  and the fourth and last f...
Die Another Day (2002) is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan.
Sean Connery's return in Never Say Never Again saw various sea craft, like his underwater tow shed.
Never Say Never Again is a 1983 spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball.
Never Say Never Again is a 1983 spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball.
From The Living Daylights an Aston Martin V8. As with all traditional Aston Martins, this car was entirely handbuilt and it took 1,200 man-hours to finish.
The Living Daylights (1987) is the fifteenth entry in the James Bond film series and the first to st...
The Living Daylights (1987) is the fifteenth entry in the James Bond film series and the first to star Timothy Dalton. The film reunites Bond with the car maker Aston Martin.
The World Is Not Enough saw Bond's first BMW, a Z8 series car.
The World Is Not Enough (1999) is the nineteenth film in the James Bond series  and the third to sta...
The World Is Not Enough (1999) is the nineteenth film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan.
Things are brought up-to-date with Spectre, and the sleek and futuristic looking Aston Martin DB10.
The clapperboard from the Bond movie Spectre.
The clapperboard from the Bond movie Spectre.
The Aston Martin DB10 is a bespoke two-door coupé created for the James Bond film Spectre by the Br...
The Aston Martin DB10 is a bespoke two-door coupé created for the James Bond film Spectre by the British car manufacturer Aston Martin.
Also in Spectre, a Rolls-Royce Wraith featured.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith was built by Rolls-Royce at their Derby factory from 1938 to 1939.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith was built by Rolls-Royce at their Derby factory from 1938 to 1939.
Other types of vehicle include this jet, from Octopussy. This is the BD-5J (also known as the "Acrostar Jet ", a 300 miles per hour aircraft.
Octopussy (1983) is the thirteenth entry in the Eon Productions James Bond film series  and the sixt...
Octopussy (1983) is the thirteenth entry in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
Plus a set of motorcycles from various movies.
The set of James Bond motor bikes includes a Kawasaki Z900.
The set of James Bond motor bikes includes a Kawasaki Z900.
Some cars are displayed as concept art too, such as this development sketch from Moonraker.
Moonraker (1979) is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series  and the fourth to star Roger Moo...
Moonraker (1979) is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore.
As well as cars there is other memorabilia, such as clapperboards and storyboards. The two below are taken from the movie Goldeneye.
GoldenEye (1995) is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series.
GoldenEye (1995) is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series.
A storyboard from  Goldeneye   the first James Bond movie to feature Pierce Brosnan as the fictional...
A storyboard from 'Goldeneye', the first James Bond movie to feature Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer.
There is also a replica of the M16 building, Bond's headquarters.
A model of the M16 building in London. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)  commonly known as MI6 ...
A model of the M16 building in London. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6), is the British intelligence agency which supplies the British Government with foreign intelligence.
For fans of James Bond, movies in general, or cars, the exhibition holds great interest. The entry cost is £15 ($25).
The logo of the James Bond film franchise.
The logo of the James Bond film franchise.
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