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The Ian Fleming Foundation preserves the legacy of Ian Fleming

By: Anders Frejdh
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I have been a member of The Ian Fleming Foundation (IFF) since 1998 and actively involved since 2007 when I helped them find and aquire one of the three 1969 Cougar XR-7 2DR Convertible cars used in the filming of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969.

The IFF was founded as a non-profit organization in 1992 by Dr. Michael L. VanBlaricum, Douglas Redenius and John Cork. The IFF is dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of Ian Fleming's literary works, the James Bond phenomenon, and their impact on popular culture. One of the IFF's goals is procuring, restoring, preserving, and archiving the original works of Ian Fleming and all of the subsequent products of that original body of work. These include the films, as well as the merchandise and memorabilia spawned by the films.

Over the 20+ years of its existence, the IFF has procured 34 vehicles that have been used in the making of the James Bond films by EON Productions. These unique vehicles have become iconic with that seminal film franchise. The Bond films changed the history of movie making in the last half of the 20th Century and continue to do so to this day.

• One of four scale models of the LOCKHEED MARTIN VC-140B JET STAR used for Goldfinger (1964) (1964)

• Underwater TOW SLED used by James Bond and the villain (Largo) in Thunderball (1965) (1965)

• One of two large scale models of the RAF/NATO VULCAN BOMBER that was built for the aerial and water tank shoots for the film.

• Scale model of the Model 47 Bell Helicopter made for You Only Live Twice (1967), one of two that have survived to this day.

• 1969 Cougar XR-7 2DR Convertible used extensively in the production of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), from the pre-title sequence all the way through to the chase in the Swiss alps. It has been well cared for and is in remarkable shape for its age.

Ian Fleming Foundation Mercury Cougar XR 7 2DR
• Underwater BATH-O-SUB used by 007's nemesis, Blofeld, to escape from the oil-drilling platform in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

• A FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 429 COBRA JET that was used during the filming of the exciting Las Vegas car chase sequence.

• One of several HONDA ATV-90s used in the chase scene when Bond escapes Willard Whyte's Nevada factory while driving the moon buggy.

• The GLASTRON CHASE/JUMP BOAT used by 007 to jump over Sheriff J. W. Pepper's police vehicle in Live and Let Die (1973)

Ian Fleming Foundation Glastron GT 150
• This VILLAIN'S GLASTRON CHASE BOAT used by Dr. Kanaga's henchmen to chase 007 through the bayous of Louisiana.

• The AMC Hornet that was taken overseas to film the exciting chase sequence in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

• The Lotus submarine gadget car, fondly referred to as "WET NELLIE", is one of six cars built and used during the production of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

• The WETBIKE WATER CYCLE used by Bond to travel to Atlantis to save Agent Triple X.

• The GLASTRON AMAZON CHASE BOAT, often compared to the Aston Martin DB5, used in Moonraker (1979) (1979)

• The NEPTUNE SUBMARINE, one of two originally built for the production of For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Ian Fleming Foundation Neptune-exterior
Ian Fleming Foundation Neptune interior
• The only studio-rigged CV3 CITROEN used in FYEO.

• The AUTO-RICKSHAW TUK-TUK used by the henchman Gobinda to chase down and try to kill James Bond in Octopussy (1983) (1983)

Ian Fleming Foundation Tuk Tuk taxi
• The RENAULT TAXI used by James Bond to pursue May Day as she escapes the Eiffel Towner in A View to a Kill (1985)

Ian Fleming Foundation Renault 11 TXE
• The ASTON MARTIN VOLANTE in The Living Daylights (1987), one of several fiberglass special effects shells that were built to be used to show off the many Q gadgets

• The KENWORTH semi tractor truck, Aerodyne model W900B, one of only three that were produced for Licence to Kill (1989) by Kenworth Truck

• The CESSNA 172P Skyhawk in LTK, one of four planes used in the pre-titles sequence featuring Franz Sanchez's escape attempt

• The CAGIVA 600 W16 MOTORCYCLE used by the Russian soldiers during the pre-titles sequence in GoldenEye (1995) (1995)

Ian Fleming Foundation Cagiva 600 W16
• The 1997 BMW R1200C motorcycle used in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), one of eight used during the chase scene as Bond and Wai Lin escapes from an army of Carver's henchmen

• Major Boothroyd's famous 'Q' JET BOAT used in The World Is Not Enough (1999), one of 15 boats originally built for the production

Ian Fleming Foundation Q boat
• Three FLYING PARAHAWK first seen flying over the mountains making an attack run on Bond and Electra King in TWINE

• 1984 RUSSIAN LADA NIVA used as 'background' vehicle in TWINE

• Two BOMBARDIER REV 800 MXZ SKI-DOOs used by the villain's henchmen to try and capture and kill Bond in Die Another Day (2002)

Ian Fleming Foundation Ski doo
• The only functional SWITCHBLADE built by the company hired to do the aerial stunts for DAD

• The custom-built jaguar XKR used in the car battle scene against 007's Aston Martin DBS in DAD

Ian Fleming Foundation Jaguar XKR
• The Ford Mondeo used by James Bond in the Bahamas to drive to his hotel from the airport in Casino Royale (2006)

The Foundation's board of directors is currently made up of five individuals: The Chairman is the former literary agent to Ian Fleming and longtime chairman (retired) of Ian Fleming Publications, Peter Janson-Smith of the UK; the president is Dr. Michael L. VanBlaricum of the USA. The other board members are David Reinhardt of Canada, Dave Worrall of the UK, and Brad Frank of the USA.

Like FSWL, the IFF provides assistance with research and consults on a variety of issues relating to the history of Ian Fleming and his literary and cinematic creation, James Bond.

Editor's note:
15 of the IFF's vehicles are presently in the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum.

Check out The Ian Fleming Foundation's You Tube channel for exclusive videos in which members of the IFF discuss their interest in James Bond, and the work they have done helping to restore original vehicles from the James Bond films.

This article written by Anders Frejdh. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.



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