Bond in Motion at London Film Museum is a collection of over 100 original vehicles and artefacts from 24 James Bond films reserved for your eyes only….. if you pay the admission price that is. Everything from Goldfinger and Goldeneye to to the dreadful Die Another Day, which really should Live And Let Die, is represented here with a driving licence to thrill.
The search for the next James Bond is obviously over. It’s been taken by me. The theme tune starts as soon as we enter the building, it has to mean me. But only if the producers want a short, chubby man fast approaching 50. So till then, they can continue with a man who has a stomach that looks like its never been introduced to a bag of chips, while mine has been introduced to plenty.
Cars are are not the only exhibits at Bond in Motion. Planes, quad bikes, boats, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, ski-doos and even the crocodile submarine from the wonderfully hammy Octopussy are here. Little Nellie, a Wallis WA 116 Agile autogyro hangs at the entrance.
It’s not all girls, glitz, glamour, gadgets and gears though,the cars of James Bond even has the Renault 11 from A View To A Kill that Bond splits in half through the streets of Paris, or French build quality, and the Citroen 2CV from For Your Eyes Only. Both more likely the Bond cars we could own.
My favorite Bond care is here, Wet Nellie, the Lotus Esprit that turned into a submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me. It was the car I wanted as a kid, the car I still want now, and still want to to turn into a submarine. Chased by a naughty vixen (Caroline Munro) in a helicopter, she gives Bond a saucy wink before he scuttles into the water and then penetrates her with his missile. I’m not sure how waterproof any British car built from the 70s would be but I still want one, even if does have door handles from a Morris Marina.
The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II from A View To A Kill. The car elegantly exudes pure class. But this car has a dark side, its driver, Sir Godfrey Tibbett, played Patrick Macnee, is strangled to death at the car wash by Grace Jones May Day. This is the reason I don’t go to the car wash, I let my wife go instead.
One of the ten Aston Martin DB10’s designed specifically for Spectre seems wasted tucked away by the stairs, it would look far better outside my house. Quantum of Solace has a great opening chase scene with an Aston Martin DBS. That is also here, its got a few scrapes in in it, nothing that won’t buff out with a bit of T-Cut.
The archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Skyfall, minus its ejector seat for those troublesome passengers is a beautiful car. Its desirability may lie in the fact of its handy optional extras that modern manufacturers still omit from sale today, but it’s a nice trip down memory lane.
That Lotus Esprit Scene from The Spy Who Loved Me….