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3 AUGUST 2017
ENTERTAIN THE FAMILY AT LONDON'S BOND IN MOTION EXHIBIT

To mark the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice, the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me, and the 30th anniversary of The Living Daylights., the Bond in Motion exhibition at London Film Museum is extended with new special exhibits to entertain everyone in the family.

The Cars of Spectre at Bond in Motion in London
• Family activity days every Saturday throughout summer at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden
• Kids can create James Bond vehicles and film posters
• Exhibition features over 100 original items used in the James Bond films including vehicles, miniatures, artwork and storyboards


Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum is a fantastic family friendly exhibition located in the heart of London in Covent Garden. Every Saturday until 2 September 2017 visitors to the exhibition can participate in activity days specifically aimed at children.

Running from 11:00 to 15:00, children visiting the museum will be able to make Bond vehicles and posters with all materials provided free of charge.

With over 100 original items on display from the James Bond films including concept drawings, storyboards, scripts, model miniatures and full-size cars, boats and motorbikes, the exhibition has something for everyone. Many of the exhibits are accompanied by behind the scenes film clips explaining how the stunts were performed.

A pinball machine and PlayStation game located in the café area entertain children and adults alike. Attendees can even drive and race an Aston Martin in the specially developed Sony Gran Turismo driving experience.

Aston Martin DB5 used in GoldenEye 1995
London Film Museum Founder and CEO, Jonathan Sands said: “Bond in Motion has something for everyone, young and old. Our activity days have been really popular, we have received positive feedback from families who have taken part in the activities we offer during the school holidays.”

Activity sheets keep kids of all ages occupied while exploring the exhibition, and educational worksheets, which are printable from the education section on the website, make learning fun.

Those visitors wishing to discover more behind the scenes information can hire an audio tour narrated by James Bond stunt driver Ben Collins from the box office.

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Bombardier  MXZ Rev Ski-doo from Die Another Day 2002
Dress up as James Bond and be photographed in front of the iconic gun barrel image.

Enter the best selfie from your visit and tag it with #BondInMotion to be in with a chance of winning a goodie bag in the photo competition monthly prize draw.

The London Film Museum is located at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden and is open seven days a week. Tickets are available from www.londonfilmmuseum.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

About Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum
Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum opened in March 2014. The exhibition, in association with EON Productions, has over 100 individual original items on display from all 24 James Bond Films including concept drawings, storyboards, scripts, model miniatures and full-size cars, boats, bikes and gyrocopters. Highlights include iconic cars such as the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (1995); the ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger (1964); and the ‘Little Nellie’ Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro from You Only Live Twice (1967).

Little Nellie from the 1967 film You Only Live Twice
Lotus Esprit S1 Wet Nellie from The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise has produced twenty-four films since 1962.

Editor's note:
Audio tours can be purchased at the box office, official gun barrel photos can be purchased onsite from the 007 Store.

Apart from all vehicles and items from the archive of EON Productions there's an additional 17 vehicles on display at Bond in Motion provided by The Ian Fleming Foundation.

More information about the James Bond film franchise can be found on the official website at www.007.com.

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7 JULY 2017
Celebrating 40 Years of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at Bond In Motion

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the world premiere of The Spy Who Loved Me on July 7th 2017, the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum has been extended with a special exhibit about the third Bond film starring Roger Moore.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

NEW OMEGA COMMANDER’S WATCH ON DISPLAY AT BOND IN MOTION
Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” Limited Edition on display along with Commander Bond’s costume from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
• Commemorating 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me with new exhibits including original Sir Ken Adam concept art, posters and Barbara Bach costume
• Exhibition features over 100 original artefacts spanning all 24 Bond films including vehicles, miniatures and storyboards


The Spy Who Loved Me exhibit at London Film Museum
The Spy Who Loved Me exhibit at London Film Museum
7 July 2017, London. Following a prestigious launch event in London on 5 July where Swiss watchmaker OMEGA unveiled a new timepiece to celebrate the rank and regalia of James Bond, the Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” Limited Edition will be on display at Bond in Motion.

Visitors to the exhibition, located at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden, will be able to see first-hand this exciting new limited-edition time piece.

OMEGA Commanders Watch
OMEGA Commanders Watch Box
2017 marks three noteworthy anniversaries for the James Bond franchise including the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice; the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me; and the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies. In each of these films, James Bond can be seen wearing his official military uniform.

The Spy Who Loved Me premiered 40 years ago today on 7/07/77 at The Odeon cinema in Leicester Square and to commemorate this special anniversary Bond in Motion has a number of original artefacts from the film on display, these include:

Lotus Esprit S1 – modified by Q to carry an arsenal of weapons and a full underwater conversion system, allowing it to operate as a submarine
BMW Wetbike - this forerunner to the jet ski continued the tradition of Bond’s cutting-edge technology
Lotus Conversion to Submarine concept drawing by Production Designer Sir Ken Adam
Atlantis concept drawing by Production Designer Sir Ken Adam
• Anya Amasova aka Agent XXX (Barbara Bach) original costume
• First Edition Jonathan Cape book, The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming 1962

Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me
Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. Copyright © 1977 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

London Film Museum Founder and CEO, Jonathan Sands said: “We are delighted to be displaying the new OMEGA Commander’s watch along with Commander Bond’s costume from Tomorrow Never Dies. Both items are excellent additions to the wide collection of original film vehicles and props we have on display at Bond in Motion.”

Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies. Copyright © 1997 Danjaq LLC. & United Artists Pictures. An MGM Company. All rights reserved.

The London Film Museum is located at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden and is open seven days a week. Tickets are available from www.londonfilmmuseum.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

About the OMEGA watch
Cased in stainless steel, the "Commander's Watch" follows the Royal Navy’s ensign colours with a polished white ceramic dial, facetted blue skeleton hour-minute hands and a varnished red seconds hand with a “007” gun logo counterweight. The see-through caseback reveals a rotor with the Royal Navy’s Commander rank insignia. The watch is presented on a 5-stripe blue, red & grey polyamide NATO Strap, with an additional metal bracelet, and is powered by the exclusive OMEGA Calibre 2507. The stainless steel version is limited to 7,007 pieces. Additionally, the Commander’s Watch also comes in an 18K yellow gold model, limited to just seven pieces.

About Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum
Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum opened in March 2014. The exhibition, in association with EON Productions, has over 100 individual original items on display from all 24 James Bond Films including concept drawings, storyboards, scripts, model miniatures and full-size cars, boats, bikes and gyrocopters. Highlights include iconic cars such as the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (1995); the ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger (1964); and the ‘Little Nellie’ Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro from You Only Live Twice (1967).

About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise has produced twenty-four films since 1962.

Editor's note:
Apart from all vehicles and items from the archive of EON Productions there's an additional 17 vehicles on display at Bond in Motion provided by The Ian Fleming Foundation.

More information about the James Bond film franchise can be found on the official website at www.007.com.

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27 JUNE 2017
Celebrating 30 Years of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS at Bond In Motion

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the world premiere of The Living Daylights on June 29th 2017, the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum has been extended with a special exhibit about the first Bond film starring Timothy Dalton.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS AT BOND IN MOTION

• Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum is the largest collection of James Bond vehicles in the world
• Exhibition features over 100 original artefacts spanning all 24 Bond films including vehicles, miniatures, concept art and storyboards
• Film items on display include Aston Martin V8 Vantage and cello case sled used in The Living Daylights


Bond in Motion, the largest collection of original James Bond vehicles in the world, based at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is celebrating 30 years of The Living Daylights.

Timothy Dalton played 007 in the 15th film from the iconic series and the film was a worldwide hit when released in the summer of 1987.

As with all Bond films, The Living Daylights featured state-of-the-art gadgets and audacious action sequences.

During filming in Austria, 007’s new Aston Martin performed a high-speed chase on an ice lake. A dramatic crash ensued before Bond flicked the self-destruct switch. The car had “a few optional extras installed” including:

• Jet engine booster rocket, behind the rear number plate
• Ice tyres with spikes emerging through the treads
• Retractable outriggers for use on snow and ice, which emerge from the sills
• A pair of heat seeking missiles concealed behind the fog lights
• Laser beams built into the front hubcaps
• Heads-up display
• Police band scanner radio
• Self-destruct system

Aston Martin V8 Vantage The Living Daylights 1987
Aston Martin V8 Vantage The Living Daylights 1987
Following the crash and dramatic explosion, Bond escaped across the border on a cello case that doubled as a sled. The case was made of fibreglass, had skis on the bottom and control handles on the sides. Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson recalls: “As long as you made sure there was nothing at the bottom of the hill they were liable to crash into, it was actually quite fun to ride it down.”

Cello case sled The Living Daylights 1987
Cello case sled The Living Daylights 1987
London Film Museum Founder and CEO, Jonathan Sands said: “Now in its fourth year, Bond in Motion has grown and evolved as we continue to add previously unseen exhibits. There are no replicas - every item displayed is an original used for filming.

“2017 is a fantastic year for Bond with four special milestones. In addition to celebrating 30 years of The Living Daylights we marked the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice on June 12 by adding new props and a new exhibit that focusses on production art. Later this year we’ll be commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).”

The hero cello case sled that Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson refers to is on display along with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage at the Bond in Motion exhibition.

The London Film Museum is located at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden and is open seven days a week. Tickets are available from www.londonfilmmuseum.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk

About Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum
Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum opened in March 2014. The exhibition, in association with EON Productions, has over 100 individual original items on display from all 24 James Bond Films including concept drawings, storyboards, scripts, model miniatures and full-size cars, boats, bikes and gyrocopters. Highlights include iconic cars such as the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (1995); the ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger (1964); and the ‘Little Nellie’ Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro from You Only Live Twice (1967).

About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise has produced twenty-four films since 1962.

Editor's note:
Apart from all vehicles and items from the archive of EON Productions there's an additional 17 vehicles on display at Bond in Motion provided by The Ian Fleming Foundation.

More information about the James Bond film franchise can be found on the official website at www.007.com.

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19-20 MARCH 2016
BOND IN MOTION LONDON ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

To mark the second anniversary of Bond in Motion, London Film Museum will be hosting a weekend celebration on 19-20 March, 2016. Distinguished Bond film crew and contributors will take part in Q&A sessions which will be free for BIM ticket holders. Tickets will be available at the venue box office on the day, but to avoid the queues please purchase your tickets in advance.
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FSWL was fortunate to be invited to the anniversary weekend in 2015, read our report here. Also to the original launch in Beaulieu in January 2012 and the London opening in March 2014.
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For the first anniversary last year, the museum welcomed Costume Designer Lindy Hemming, SFX, Miniature Effects expert John Richardson and Production Designer Peter Lamont. This year they are excited to be offering the following:

Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Begg – noon on Saturday 19th March
Steve Begg realized his childhood dream of working on a Bond starting with digital effects on GoldenEye (1995) (1995) then ultimately becoming Supervisor of Visual Effects and Miniatures on Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012), (2012), and SPECTRE (2015).

Second Unit Director Vic Armstrong – 2.30pm on Saturday 19th March
Vic Armstrong has worked in motion pictures for over thirty years, as a world-renowned Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator and Director. He has been the Stunt Double for Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. His first Bond film was You Only Live Twice in 1967 as a Ninja descending a rope into Blofeld's Volcano Lair set. He was the Second Unit Director on Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) (2002).

Costume Designer Jany Temime – 11.30am on Sunday 20th March
Jany Temime designed the costumes for the two most recent Bond films and was awarded the Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film in 2013 for Skyfall. She was also the costume designer for the last seven Harry Potter films.

Special Effect/Miniature Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould – 2pm on Sunday 20th March
Chris Corbould has been the Special Effects Supervisor on seven previous James Bond films, working within the SFX department on a total of 14 film adventures with 007. Chris was awarded an OBE by the Queen in the 2014 New Year's Honours for services to film. He recently won a Special Visual Effects BAFTA for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). His team broke the Guinness World Record for the largest film stunt explosion during filming of Spectre.

Q&A sessions will be hosted by Will Lawrence and will take place in the café of the London Film Museum. They will be free to Bond in Motion ticket holders.

PLEASE NOTE: TIMES AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Editor's note:
For more James Bond events presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For the latest news on Bond in Motion at London Film Museum, visit the official website:
londonfilmmuseum.com/home/events/

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Oscar winners interviewed at the Bond in Motion exhibit in London

FSWL contributor Frank Anderson reports from the anniversary event for Bond in Motion in London's Covent Garden with no less than three Oscar® winners in attendance.

From Sweden with Love was invited to mark the first anniversary of BOND IN MOTION at the London Film Museum, the museum hosted a weekend of Bond-themed celebration on the 21st and 22nd March 2015. Distinguished Bond film crew and contributors held open Q&A sessions in the museum throughout the weekend. Speakers included production designer Peter Lamont who worked on 18 Bond adventures, Lindy Hemming, fashion designer who worked on GoldenEye through to Casino Royale (2006) and John Richardson (also honorary guest at FSWL's 10th anniversary weekend in Stockholm last year), SFX supervisor on nine Bond movies. The official Aston Martin Owners Club also descended on the Covent Garden Piazza outside the exhibition for the weekend with over 30 vehicles from the past to the present on display.

Bond in Motion London event
The Q&A sessions were chaired by Ian Freer from Empire Magazine and included questions from the audience.

John Richardson - John presented a number of movie stills from each of the many Bond films that he provided his SFX expertise on and talked the audience through the intricate and clever tricks taken to create the illusion of scale and realism. This was followed by some general Q&A.

John Richardson Bond in Motion London
One of the joys of doing a Bond movie is you get to travel, what are the places that stick in your head?
[JR:] Well Bond has taken me all all around the world - India, Bahamas, South America and all over the USA, the list is pretty endless, you name it and we've been there.

Has CGI reduced the amount of time spent on special effects?
[JR:] CGI has made a lot of changes. I think it's a wonderful tool if used properly, but it shouldn't be used as a crutch and sometimes I think there is a lack of forethought and that really we should do a scene for real and then use the CGI to enhance it. We've lost a lot of the magic for people because now anyone with a computer can make their own effects - you can do it on your iPhone! So you go and see Spider-Man and you know it's all CGI and that it's a couple of guys sitting in front of a computer fiddling with pixels. The fun has gone out of it, but more importantly the reality has gone.

Is there a SFX sequence that you are particularly proud of?
[JR:] My favorite sequence from all of the Bond movies I've worked on was the opening scene from Octopussy (1983) with the jet. The sequence shows all the different genres of special and visual effects - models, explosions etc.

Lindy Hemming

Lindy Hemming Bond in Motion London
How did you come to work on Bond?
[LH:] Barbara Broccoli is one of those people who spend a lot of time looking for new technicians and she had seen my work on The Krays and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Bond had been off the screen for a while, what were your thoughts on how Bond should look in a new era?
[LH:] I watched a few of the earlier Bond films to see how they had looked and my real feeling was that we had to update Bond (Pierce Brosnan). Bond was a spy who should be able to move very smoothly amongst business people and politicians. Elegance, sophisticated tailoring and not be amusing in any way.

Is there a Bond film you hadn't worked on that you would liked to have worked on, and if so, what what would you have done differently?
[LH:] I don't think that I would have done anything differently but I think Skyfall (2012) was a fantastic film and I would have loved to have done it. I really like George Lazenby and I actually think that his tailoring is almost the best tailoring of all the films. He was a model anyway and looks wonderful in the film.

Why did you switch Bond's watch from Rolex to Omega?
[LH:] I chose Omega watches because in my youth I had known through my father marine, Navy and RAF [Royal Air Force] types and therefore I knew that by the eighties, Rolex was no longer an accurate make for Bond because in the eighties Rolex had now become the watch of bankers. So Omega, in particular the diving watch which gave them the edge and also I liked the fact that they had a watch with a blue face as I've always associated in my own mind Bond with blue which crossed over when looking at dressing Bond.

What was your thinking around the blue suit at the end of Casino Royale?
[LH:] I designed it, it was made by Brioni and we decided to rethink how the Bond suit should look. I think up to this point the short suit style hadn't been used by Bond.

Is there a logic to why you think Bond should wear blue?
[LH:] Blue suits and blue shirts I think do something on film, they shine the light up on you, a generous glow.

Peter Lamont

Peter Lamont Bond in Motion London
Peter Lamont Peter reminisced on some of his time during eighteen Bond movies and having worked with all six Bond actors and captivated the audience with anecdotes and insight into the world of designing Bond. The following is a small flavour.

"I got a call one day to see if I wanted to help out on Goldfinger (1964). So one Monday morning there I was to meet Ken Adam who I'd never met, but I knew him by reputation. He came in at 10 o'clock, gave me a large folder of stuff that he'd photographed at the real Fort Knox in the USA and said we are going to build it. At that time the plan was to build it in Portugal. Over the next month, we worked on it, I drew it up, modelled and priced it. Then Ken looked over my shoulder and said okay, let's get it up to the estimator. Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman said yeah build it! Finally it was decided not to build it in Portugal and instead we got permission to go into Black Park (forest near Pinewood) and build it there. At the end Harry said to me to go and have a holiday and then we'll start other things. So I did and when I came back we did Thunderball (1965) - and that was the start of my relationship with Bond."

What are your memories of working on the new Bond at the time, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)?
[PL:] "I was at Pinewood [Studios] working on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang just as it was running down and I knew Peter Hunt very well having worked with him a number of times. I remember being there for some of the tests and saw George [Lazenby] in action and there was no doubt that George was going to be the one, no doubt at all. I remember Peter told me at the end of the film speaking about George was that his only regret was re-voicing him."

Editor's note:
Due to popular demand the London Film Museum will remain dedicated to Bond in Motion until further notice. It will see new exhibits added in 2015, including vehicles from the latest Bond adventure, SPECTRE.

Written by Frank Anderson © 2015 From Sweden with Love

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Bond in Motion enjoys top-speed start in London's Convent Garden

FSWL received an invitation to the launch of the new Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum. Contributor Adam Bollard reports from the star-packed press day.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
The association of exciting and exotic vehicles with Eon Productions’ James Bond film series has always been a long and celebrated one. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the launch of the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden on Tuesday (March 18) was such a big hit with the worldwide media.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Flashbulbs popped and TV cameras captured the comprehensive collection of legendary cars, motorcycles, boats and props that have featured in the 23 Bond movies over their 50-year-plus history. Meanwhile, interviewers buzzed around glamorous 007-associated celebrities including Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012)), Caterina Murino (Solange in Casino Royale), Maryam d’Abo (Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights) and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, as well as special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and production designers past and present Peter Lamont, Dennis Gassner and the legendary Sir Ken Adam. Also in attendance during the day were stunt maestro Vic Armstrong and his wife Wendy Leech.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Parked in the Q Department-like basement that houses much of the exhibition were not just the Aston Martin DB5 that featured in GoldenEye (1995), the submersible-modified white Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Aston Martin V8 (Volante) as seen in ‘The Living Daylights’ and the Wallis WA-116 Agile autogyro (‘Little Nellie’) from You Only Live Twice, but more surprisingly – and very impressively – the red Mercury Cougar XR7 (complete with skis) from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond’s red Glastron GT-150 speedboat from Live and Let Die, the Wetbike as seen in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and an Aston Martin DBS each from ‘Casino Royale’ and Quantum of Solace, both of which remain in a wonderfully smashed-up state following the visceral sequences in which they feature.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Ensuring the ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition came to the British capital, which had been held previously at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, had been a long held dream of Jonathan Sands, CEO of the London Film Museum. It was realised thanks to the tireless work of Eon Productions and The Ian Fleming Foundation, to whose archive the vehicles and props variously belong, and in particular Meg Simmonds at Eon.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Both were on hand to direct visitors to the well arranged sections in which the exhibits are arranged (for instance, the Rolls-Royces Phantom III and Silver Cloud II – from Goldfinger (1964) and A View to a Kill respectively – are together; the Dalton/ Brosnan-era vehicles are together; the Craig-era Aston Martins are together and the sea-faring vessels are all together in a ‘Wet’ section).

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Also on hand to discuss his work on the series was stunt driver Ben Collins, whom worked on ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Skyfall’. Familiar to viewers of TV’s ‘Top Gear’ as ‘The Stig’, Ben is especially known for taking the reins of the Aston Martin DBS for the high-octane chase captured in Italy for the opening sequence of ‘Quantum of Solace’. Among other things, he informed the collected media that the appearance of the DBS, looking battered but still magnificent even without its driver-side door, was enhanced by spreading on it white chalk from the Fantiscritti quarry in Carrara, from which centuries ago Michelangelo carefully selected marble for his David statue. Clearly what’s good enough for Bond is also good enough for great Renaissance art.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Of particular delight for Bond fans is that the exhibition boasts several firsts. On show for the very first time are a 1/3 scale model AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter (as featured in ‘Skyfall’); concept sketches of Drax vehicles and of the Q-Craft from Moonraker (1979) (the latter from the pen of Sir Ken Adam himself); a storyboard of the tanker chase sequence in Licence to Kill; Bond’s evaluation report from ‘Skyfall’ (not even seen on-screen); Bond’s cufflinks featuring his family’s coat-of-arms (also from ‘Skyfall’); Vesper Lynd’s passport from ‘Casino Royale’ (in the name of alias ‘Stephanie Broadchest’); an SFX remote-control box produced by the crew so they could operate the gadgets on the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish and the Jaguar XKR in Die Another Day (both vehicles are also in the exhibition) and the steering wheel from the ‘Disco Volante’ yacht in Thunderball (1965) (the only surviving piece from that particular set).

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
The exhibition is so comprehensive that visitors may be happily surprised to discover it also offers the chance to see up-close the Acrostar BD-5J jet, the Tuk-Tuk taxi and the Q-made crocodile submarine (all from Octopussy (1983)); the mini-Q Boat and a Parahawk (from The World Is Not Enough); the roofless Renault 11 TXE taxi (from ‘A View to a Kill’), the yellow Citroën 2CV from (For Your Eyes Only) and a collection of motorcycles, most notably including the two Honda CRF250Rs that feature in the ‘Skyfall’ opening sequence.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
The celebrations for the exhibition’s opening continue on Sunday (March 23), when the museum will host an Aston Martin Owners Club event, which will see several classic Aston Martins parked around Covent Garden piazza.

Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
Bond in Motion Covent Garden London
‘Bond in Motion’ opens at the London Film Museum on Friday (March 21). It will be open seven days a week and is planned to run throughout 2014. Ticket prices are £14.50 for adults, £9.50 for children (under-fives go free) and £38 for a family ticket.

Videos:
• Movie motor greats line up in 'Bond in Motion' exhibition (Euronews):


Editor's note:
Thanks to Eon Productions, Jonathan Sands, Sam Fane & Sal Porter (Freuds) and everyone at London Film Museum.

And to our friends and fellow members from the Bond community that also received an invitation to the launch:
• Ben Williams (MI6-hq.com)
Mark O'Connell (Author of the Catching Bullets)
• Remmert van Braam (jamesbondlifestyle.com)

This article was written exclusively for FSWL by Adam Bollard. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.

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Bond In Motion exhibit in Beaulieu: 50 years. 50 vehicles.

Bond in Motion, an exhibition celebrating 50 years of James Bond films, features a variety of vehicles from twenty-one of the James Bond films.

'Bond in Motion' is the official exhibition of 50 original James Bond vehicles and is the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world. The exhibition showcases a whole range of iconic movie vehicles that have appeared in Bond films over the years. Just some of the stars on show include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls Royce, both from Goldfinger (1964), the Lotus Esprit S1 affectionately nicknamed ‘Wet Nellie’ from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the Bede Acrostar jet famously flown in Octopussy (1983), the original SFX Cello Case Ski famously navigated by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987), the BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and the original villain Parahawk featured in The World Is Not Enough (1999).

From Sweden With Love was delighted be one of the invited to the launch of Bond in Motion at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on Sunday 15th January 2012. Along with our dear friend, Britt Ekland, we were the only Swedish people present on the day.

Apart from Britt, other guests involved in EON Productions James Bond series included Academy Award winner and special effects genius, Chris Courbold, and stunt expert Vic Armstrong. Actors on hand for media interviews were Colin Salmon, Eunice Gayson, Jenny Hanley, Madeline Smith, and Shane Rimmer.
Ken Wallis, who invented the autogyro and doubled for Sean Connery in the sequences with 'Little Nellie' in You Only Live Twice (1967), was also in attendance.

As a member of The Ian Fleming Foundation since 1998, it was lovely to be accompanied by the board members; Brad Frank, Dave Reinhardt, Dave Worrall, Doug Redenius, and Dr. Michael VanBlaricum. Unfortunately, fellow board member, IFF President Peter Janson-Smith, was unable to attend. (The IFF have loaned 17 vehicles from their collection to the exhibition). It was also nice to see a member of Ian Fleming's family at the event, Lucy Fleming, Ian's niece. (Since 1997, Lucy, along with her sister Kate Fleming, have controlled Ian Fleming Publications.)

On a personal note, it was lovely to hear Britt Ekland tell me her favourite vehicle in the exhibition. It was the red Mercury Cougar XR7 from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) which coincidentally is a vehicle yours truly helped the IFF to acquire. (It used to be in Sweden for over 25 years.)

Meg Simmonds, Archive Director at EON Productions Ltd, said they had come up with the idea for the exhibition in late 2010 with the importance of 2012 in mind. "This is a really fitting celebration in an important year for Bond movies. It marks the 50th anniversary of the start of filming the first Bond movie, Dr. No (1962), and in October we will release the latest movie, starring Daniel Craig."

It was nice to see other familiar faces from the Bond community attending the launch. Apart from the IFF folks mentioned above; Ajay Chowdhury (editor of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Andrew Lycett (author of Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond), Gareth Owen (Roger Moore's PA and proprietor of Bondstars), George Martin (proprietor of GHM Photographics), Matthew Field (author of 'The Making of The Italian Job', 'Michael Caine: You’re a big man', and 'Blade Runners, Deer Hunters And Blowing the Bloody Doors Off'), Paul Kenny (author of The Man Who Supercharged Bond) and Vipul Patel from MI6 Confidential.

Below is a full list of the films represented, and the associated vehicles that feature in the exhibition - from cars to boats to planes, and even a few unorthodox ones that only James Bond could carry off! (All vehicles owned by EON Productions except where noted.)

From Russia with Love (1963)
Fairey Huntress
Owner: Michael Dezer

Goldfinger (1964)
Aston Martin DB5 (Owned by Louwmann Museum)
Rolls-Royce Phantom III
Parachute

Thunderball (1965)
Tow Sled
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

You Only Live Twice (1967)
Little Nellie (Still owned by Ken Wallis)
Burial-At-Sea Bed

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Mercury Cougar XR7
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Ford Mustang Mach 1
Bath-O-Sub
Honda ATC
All three owned by: The Ian Fleming Foundation

Live and Let Die (1973)
Glastron GT-150
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
AMC Hornet
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Lotus Esprit S1 (Owned by IFF)
Wetbike (Owned by IFF)
Speargun Sled

Moonraker (1979)
Glastron CV-23HT
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Citroen 2CV
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

Octopussy (1983)
Acrostar BD-5J Jet
Tuk-Tuk Taxi (Owned by IFF)
Crocodile Mini-Sub

Never Say Never Again (1983)
Underwater Tow Sled
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

A View to a Kill (1985)
Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
Renault 11 TXE (Owned by IFF)

The Living Daylights (1987)
Aston Martin V8 Volante
Cello Case Sled
'PIG'

GoldenEye (1995)
Cagiva 600 W16
Owner: The Ian Fleming Foundation

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
BMW 750iL
BMW R1200C (Owned by IFF)

The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
Parahawk
BMW Z8
Q Boat

Die Another Day (2002)
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Jaguar XKR
Ford Thunderbird
Osprey Hovercraft
Surfboard
Switchblade Glider
Bell-Textron Jet Pack
Bombardier MX Z-Rev Ski-Doo (Owned by IFF)
Ice Dragster
Union Jack Parachute

Casino Royale (2006)
Skyfleet S570
Aston Martin DBS
Roll-damaged Aston Martin DBS

Quantum of Solace (2008)
Aston Martin DBS
Quarry-damaged Aston Martin DBS
Montesa Cota 4RT
Ford Ka

So, what is our review of this exhibition? Well, it is a must-see for all James Bond fans (no matter the age), car enthusiasts, and collectors interested in genuine film props. It is much more comprehensive than The World of James Bond 007 exhibition in Portsmouth 1997 and better displayed than the Bond, James Bond exhibition at London's Science Museum for the 40th Anniversary in 2002.

Unfortunately, there are no vehicles from the first 007 adventure, Dr. No (1962), as no one knows where all of those ended up. All in all, a fascinating collection worth visiting for the entire family as there are also many other things to see in the area.

Editor's note:
Collectors of James Bond memorabilia will be pleased to discover that, apart from a 32-page souvenir brochure about 'Bond in Motion', the museum's gift shop has a very large section of 007 merchandise for sale.

Also, drive down to Beaulieu in your "James Bond car" this summer and become part of the first Simply Bond – a gathering of Bond cars of all shapes and sizes. This rally is open to any vehicle which has featured in a James Bond film.

For the latest information about 'Bond in Motion', visit the official website.

Anders Frejdh © 2012 From Sweden With Love

James Bond 50th Anniversary events on FSWL:
>50 Years of James Bond poster
>Director's panel in Las Vegas
>Royal Mail Union Flag postage stamps
>James Bond special in Mail on Sunday Live
>Kindle edition of Cubby Broccoli's biography
>Bond in Motion exhibition
>Autographed trading cards set
>Omega Seamaster limited edition watch
>Blu-ray film set
>Premiere of Skyfall

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