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Portsmouth: The World of James Bond 007 exhibition in Portsmouth

By: Anders Frejdh
The World of James Bond 1997 Portsmouth England
In 1997, I studied at Anglo World in London which gave me the opportunity to see many real-life James Bond locations in the UK along with Laura, my then Argentinean girlfriend.

One of those days, we travelled to the south of England, or more specifically, to the harbour of Portsmouth. The location was used by Eon Productions earlier that year to film some sequences for the 18th Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

The World of James Bond 1997 Portsmouth England
The main reason of going there was not see the location used in the film but to visit the travelling James Bond exhibition which was being displayed there and opened by 'Q' alias Desmond Llewelyn the same year.

We took the train from London and travelled through a snowy landscape before we finally got there. The exhibition itself was close to the train station so it took us only a 5-minute walk to get in.

The exhibition was fantastic and the first time for me personally to see genuine screen used props and vehicles from the James Bond films. I bought the exhibition catalogue in which several of the props were featured although I must admit it was nicer to see them in person.

I shouldn't mention all here but the most memorable items to see (all featured to the right) were the bath-o-sub from Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (owned by The Ian Fleming Foundation which yours truly is a member of), the Lotus Esprit sub car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) (also owned by IFF), the Acrostar jet plane from Octopussy (1983), and the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (1995).

The World of James Bond 1997 Portsmouth England
The Aston Martin DB5 car used in GoldenEye (1995)

The World of James Bond 1997 Portsmouth England
The Lotus Esprit sub car used in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) from The Ian Fleming Foundation collection

The World of James Bond 1997 Portsmouth England
Blofeld's bath-o-sub used in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) from The Ian Fleming Foundation collection

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