A whole museum in London has been converted into a stage for the most praised exhibition of the year, displaying authentic original machinery from the legendary series of the agent 007. As if hosting the opening of Skyfall wasn’t enough to praise the most loved British Secret Service agent in big-screen fiction.
London is unashamedly hosting a display of glitz and lust that describes Bond’s lifestyle by bringing to people the original Bond-related legendary items that we have only seen in fiction and Bond’s inaccessible fancy cars that have got men and women from all over the world daydreaming about getting on board for an adrenalin-pumping ride.
This is the only official exhibition of James Bond’s vehicles, hosted in London for the first time. As a matter of fact, the city has previously hosted James Bond-themed tours and minor shows; however Bond in Motion is the largest display of its kind. Before moving to London, the exhibition was staged at the National Motor Museum in the town of Beaulieu, England, until December 2013.
This family-friendly exhibition, held in the central London Film Museum in Covent Garden, will fascinate you with 50 original full-sized vehicles featuring in 23 Bond movies. Among the unmistakable classics on display - Goldfinger’s grandiose Rolls-Royce Phantom III, the iconic Aston Martin DB5 from Golden Eye, the memorable submersible Lotus Esprit S1 featuring in The Spy Who Loved Me. But also other secondary vehicles of any type, like the Crocodile Submarine, boats, sleds, jets and aircraft.
Authenticity is the key point of this display, as all the machinery exposed is 100% original and there are absolutely no replicas. The vehicles are thus brought to the public as they appear on screen - minor restoring work aside. The authenticity is guaranteed by EON Productions, the production company that crafted the vehicles and that still owns most of them. Moreover the machinery is constantly under the supervision of the Ian Fleming Foundation, which is the same that cares for their restoration.
On display there are also illustrative boards depicting the most iconic car-chase sequences, stunt actions, the exclusive Bond's evaluation report from Skyfall – which has never been accessed before - and more informative material on the story of this immortal fictional character. Visitors can walk around taking a look at more at other collectibles related to Bond’s films, like concepts and miniatures on display, among which a 1/3 scaled-down of the Bell-Textron and the Agusta Westland’s AW101 helicopters.
Bond in Motion has just opened in London and is already proving a big success. There’s no rush to go see it because it will run throughout the year. However, if you wish to include this exhibition on your to-do list in London, try and pre-book your tickets in advance as they sell out quickly. The show is open to public every day from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are available for booking every day at the museum’s ticket box or online and are priced at £14.50 for ordinary adult tickets, £9.50 for kids up to 15 years old, and £38 or families. Kids under the age of 5 can get in for free.