Everyone has dreamed of Bond’s Aston Martins, and the London Film Museum decided to exhibit them and many other vehicles and objects linked to the famous 007.
The exhibition starts with some storyboards and drawings from the movies as well as a huge detailed model of the MI6, showing the backstage of the creation process. Immediately, you feel the atmosphere of what is going to happen.
You go downstairs and here are the beautiful Rolls-Royces from the first movies, some dating back to 1964 and having played with Sean Connery in Goldfinger. Those cars are huge, and in a way historic, both in the world of cinema and as an account of their period.
As you walk through the place, you are surrounded by all the other more recent cars. Each of them is illustrated by the scene related to it – usually a great Bond-like pursuit – and some characteristics and a history of its arrival into the set are told on small screens.
From rather “common” vehicles, to those equipped with missiles and tommy guns, we get a great summary of Bond’s universe.
Some boats and submarines follow in a calmer part of the museum, as well as some clothes and different gadgets used by the spy, some of his watches and – sometimes fake – passports and driving licences.
A Bond in Motion exhibition would not have been complete without James’ destroyed cars, among them the Aston Martin used in the pursuit in a tunnel in Quantum of Solace. The legendary DB5 is there too, and fortunately in a better state than in Skyfall.
I personally saved the Spectre part of the exhibition for the end, discovering again some awesome vehicles and gadgets, including a cutting of the latest Aston Martin to allow you to pass your head and have a closer look to the inside, including the famous EJECT button.
Final surprise: some photographers are ready to take your James-Bond-style picture for a great – though a bit expensive – souvenir of the visit.
Overall a really great exhibition for all James Bond fans, and a really different way of approaching the movies and learning more about their making.
Bond in Motion
London Film Museum
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BN
£14.50 full price, £9.50 children and concessions
Approximate visit duration: 2h/2h30