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The Cars of James Bond are Currently Parked at London's Film Museum

Where: 45 Wellington Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2E 7BN
June 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

Few things are as closely associated with James Bond as his cars: gleaming and tricked-out when introduced by Q, usually in less-than-stellar condition by the time the credits roll. For fans of the franchise, and even those just interested in how (stunt) movie scenes are created and brought to life, the London Film Museum should be on the shortlist of places to visit this year for the “Bond In Motion” exhibit, with the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles.

Having walked by plenty of times, we recently made a spur of the moment visit, which was totally worth it.

The cars range all the way from classics from the early movie days, like Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III, to Daniel Craig’s Aston Martin in Casino Royale—and the return of the DB5 in Skyfall (above). Each car is set against a backdrop of its key scenes, here with M (Judi Dench) expressing her lack of faith in the DB5 being inconspicuous enough in the way only she can.

The rough life the cars have during shooting is on display as well (like this battered DB9 from Quantum of Solace), with interesting background on how stunts were achieved, with actual cars or miniature versions (as was the case for the BMW 7 Pierce Brosnan creatively returned to an Avis branch in Tomorrow Never Dies).

We really enjoyed the hour or so we spent browsing the large space, seeing the various cars—as well as a few boats and other modes of transportation Bond, James Bond has used—and learning a bit more about how the various scenes came about. You’ll find London’s Film Museum a block east of Covent Garden on Wellington Street; the Bond In Motion exhibit is on until the end of the year. Adult tickets are £14.50 ($25), with a family of 2 adults and 2 children at £38 ($65). You can buy tickets at the door or through the link on the website.

[Photos: JasonD]

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