T he third and final part of my write up from my brilliant day at the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum. There are many more pictures from the day over here! and part 1 of my write up can be found here! and part 2 here!
Moving past the Tomorrow Never Dies display I find the The World Is Not Enough display with a model BMW Z8 driven by a Pierce Brosnan Bond doll and the King Industries Buzzsaw helicopter as well as the BMW Z8 from the film. I've never been a particular fan of BMW's car design but being up close to the BMW Z8 I was reminded of its retro stylings and beautiful curves all very reminiscent of the gorgeous 50s 507 BMW, it is possibly the most beautiful production car to come out of BMW from the last couple of decades.
|Bond Production Designer Peter Lamont & BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough @ London Film Museum Covent Garden|
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - BMW Z8 FROM THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
|Bond in Motion at The London Film Museum|
This exciting family exhibition will transform the entire London Film Museum space in Covent Garden and will allow Bond fans and members of the public to see the most up to date collection of James Bond cars
London Film Museum Covent Garden
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BN
Fri 21 March 2014 +
Mon - Sun : 10am - 6pm
Sat: 10am – 7pm
For tickets and more info:
head here or here
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - BMW Z8 FROM THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH SIDE AIR VENT MISSILE DETAIL @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
Further along I turn right and on the corner pass Mrs. Bond, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo's (Diana Rigg) red 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7, still showing the damage from the chase scene in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, tragically her skis are still attached.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - 1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 FROM ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
At this point I can't resist the lure of the marine area bathed in a blue moving water light effect anymore and broke from my planned route heading into the blue - a highlight of the exhibition for me.The marine area houses the aquatic vehicles and props from across James Bond's escapades in and below the water.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - THE Q BOAT FROM THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, WETBIKE FROM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, GLASTRON GT-150 SPEEDBOAT FROM LIVE AND LET DIE AND THE CROCODILE SUBMARINE FROM OCTOPUSSY IN THE MARINE AREA AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
Starting from the left; the rather special Q Boat from The World Is Not Enough which chases the Cigar Girl's (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) Sunseeker down the Thames in that unforgettable scene, the world's first Wetbike from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Glastron GT-150 speedboat from Live and Let Die which earned a Guinness World Record for the longest ramp jump, the Crocodile Submarine Roger Moore's Bond used in Octopussy, on the right Blofeld's escape Bathosub from Diamonds Are Forever, a scale model of the black rubber dinghy model from Tomorrow Never Dies complete with Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh dolls in their scuba suits.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - THE Q BOAT FROM THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - BLOFELD'S BATHOSUB FROM DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
A scale model of the white two-person Neptune lock-out mini-submarine from For Your Eyes Only. Behind a hip high glass barrier there is a display made of various pieces including; the Speargun Sled from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Underwater Tow Sleds from Thunderball and Never Say Never Again, Bond's Burial bed from You Only Live Twice and the steering wheel from Thunderball villain Emilio Largo's (Adolfo Celi) yacht the Disco Volante. To the left Brosnan's camouflaged Surfboard from Die Another Day.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - SPEARGUN SLED FROM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, UNDERWATER TOW SLEDS FROM THUNDERBALL & NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, BOND'S BURIAL BED FROM YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE AND THE STEERING WHEEL FROM THUNDERBALL YACHT AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
Finally there it is - bathed in rippling blue light. I gasp as I see James Bond's white Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me or as it is now known Wet Nellie. I'm giddy, like the seven year old me back when I saw The Spy Who Loved Me for the first time.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - WET NELLIE OR JAMES BOND'S WHITE LOTUS ESPRIT S1 FROM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - WET NELLIE OR JAMES BOND'S WHITE LOTUS ESPRIT S1 FROM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME MACHINE GUN DETAIL AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - WET NELLIE OR JAMES BOND'S WHITE LOTUS ESPRIT S1 FROM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME MISSILE DETAIL AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - ASTON MARTIN DB5 FROM GOLDENEYE @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - NAOMIE HARRIS EVE & JAMES BOND'S SKYFALL ASTON MARTIN DB5 AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - ASTON MARTIN DB5 MODEL FROM SKYFALL WITH EXTENDED MACHINE GUNS @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
To the left across the walkway more recent Astons, the damaged Aston Martin DBS from the Quantum of Solace opening scene with precision driver Ben Collins chatting with press. Past the written off DBS V12 Aston Martin from Bond's Casino Royale ambush crash.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - JAMES BOND'S ASTON MARTIN DBS FROM THE QUANTUM OF SOLACE & HIS WRITTEN OFF DBS V12 ASTON MARTIN FROM CASINO ROYALE AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - BEN COLLINS BOND STUNT DRIVER IN THE ASTON MARTIN DBS FROM QUANTUM OF SOLACE @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - ASTON MARTIN DBS FROM QUANTUM OF SOLACE @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - ASTON MARTIN DBS INTERIOR FROM QUANTUM OF SOLACE @ LONDON FILM MUSEUM COVENT GARDEN
Even Bond fan David Walliams popped in, sadly he was not accompanied by his wife, but property man Nick Candy.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - DAVID WALLIAMS & BOND'S DBS V12 ASTON MARTIN FROM CASINO ROYALE AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
Continuing down the walkway to the right you will find the Diamonds Are Forever display with both of Sean Connery's Ford Mustang Mach 1 tilted to replicate the sideways stunt and the Honda ATC 90 that Bond used in his escape from the Nevada moon set.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - TILTED FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 FROM DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
On the left side of the restaurant entrance is another must see the iconic vehicle – the Bell-Textron Jetpack from Thunderball as seen in Die Another Day.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - REAR JAMES BOND'S BELL-TEXTRON JETPACK FROM THUNDERBALL AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - JAMES BOND'S BELL-TEXTRON JETPACK FROM THUNDERBALL DETAIL AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
Heading into the restaurant, I grabbed a quick coffee and snack whilst ogling the models on display in purpose built glass cases that included; the Notar MD-600 helicopter from Die Another Day, the Tiger Helicopter from GoldenEye, Carver's ill fated Eurocopter AS355 Ecureuil 2 helicopter from Tomorrow Never Dies, Alec Trevelyan's Janus Russian armoured ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) modified BR Class 20 train from GoldenEye.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION LONDON FILM MUSEUM CAFETERIA ON THE LEFT NOTAR MD-600 HELICOPTER FROM DIE ANOTHER DAY, TIGER HELICOPTER FROM GOLDENEYE, EUROCOPTER AS355 ECUREUIL 2 HELICOPTER FROM TOMORROW NEVER DIES
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - JAMES BOND'S NIGHT VISION GOGGLES AND CAMOUFLAGED WETSUIT HOOD FROM DIE ANOTHER DAY AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
M.I.6 Q Division's operational manual for the V12 Vanquish, Bond's night vision goggles and camouflaged wetsuit hood from Die Another Day, the Piton Laser Gun from GoldenEye, Colonel Moon's tank buster gun from Die Another Day, Brosnan's surfboard knife transmitter from Die Another Day and three different size Ice Dragster models from Die Another Day.
Bond Production Designers; Dennis Gassner, Peter Lamont his son Simon Lamont and the legendary Sir Ken Adam in the London Film Museum Restaurant.
The Museum shop is impressive and offered a ton of both great Bond and Bond in Motion merchandise. I also spotted a couple of copies of the very sought after gold covered collector's editions of Taschen's The James Bond Archives - which is absolutely gorgeous and full of the most up to date information and pictures from all of the Bond films - making it the definitive must have resource for any Bond aficionado.
If you do pop in to the shop - you may notice an uncanny similarity between the design of the shop and the bare faced brick and vaulted ceiling architecture seen throughout Skyfall. I asked Jonathan Sands about this, he assured me that it was purely coincidental - but have a look for yourself.
|James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) on the MI6 training facility set from a scene set in London ZOOM|
The Establishing Shot: THE BOND IN MOTION LONDON FILM MUSEUM SHOP
|Judi Dench (center) and Director Sam Mendes (right) on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. ZOOM|
Around lunch time the drinks reception started and I watched with widening eyes as the other stars of Bond films started gliding down the stairs to John Barry's James Bond Theme (or pop out the lift) to view the exhibition.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - NAOMIE HARRIS & CATERINA MURINO CHATTING WITH DAVID WALLIAMS AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - MARYAM D'ABO CHATTING WITH DAVID WALLIAMS AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
I'm pretty sure that no one was fooled as I attempted to coolly quaff champagne and snack, the delicious but fiddly to eat canapés provided by Balthazar, making small talk - next to Naomi Harris, Caterina Murino and Maryam d'Abo. As the guy who took some personal pictures of us said “living the dream” - inside my Bond fanboy was cooly sipping a Martini whilst doing a little happy dance.
Also mingling and chatting with us were Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Who dropped some updates regarding Bond 24.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - BOND PRODUCERS BARBARA BROCCOLI & MICHAEL G. WILSON WITH CUBBY BROCCOLI'S CUB1 1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
Earlier I asked Visual Effects Wizard Chris Corbould if he could share any Bond 24 news, all we could ascertain was that he was aware of some stuff but could not discuss it, so planning is advancing.
Barbara Broccoli let on to PA that:
We are in early stages, we start filming at the end of the year and the film will come out at the end of 2015. So it's an exciting time for us. We have been working on the script with John Logan, Sam Mendes and Daniel and you know it's evolving.
This is the exciting bit, when we get to get all the creative forces together and start developing the action sequences and the sky is the limit at the moment.
We haven't chosen the villain yet, so we are hoping that we'll be selecting someone in the next couple of months."
You know Daniel [Craig] has really brought Bond into the 21st Century and revealed a lot of Bond's inner life and I think that is something that audiences are responding too and so we'll keep pushing Daniel in that direction. He is just the most fantastic Bond and we love what he is doing."When talking about the importance of vehicles in the James Bond mythos Michael G. Wilson let ITN know that:
In the next film, by the way, we're going to have a new Aston - people haven't seen yet."I wonder if the introduction of a new Aston Martin model could be to replace James Bond's destroyed DB5? Furthermore on what to expect from Bond 24 he added:
Well it's exciting when you come off a successful film, it means you are doing something right and the public agrees with you - so I think we are going to continue on that vein and try and do something right again"
Like I said earlier my visit to the London Film Museum was milestone for a Bond fan like me.
I was genuinely impressed with the design and layout of the exhibition, it is a world away from the museum's previous more traditional design, where displays were assembled around the existing grand framework. The new design has been purpose built and seems easily customised to the demands of different exhibitions. The new London Film Museum (and Bond in Motion) design has a lot in common with the MI6 Science department in Quantum of Solace.
Walking around I couldn't quite get my head around how close one could get to iconic pieces from the Bond legacy, it is probably worth noting this may change as some of the vehicles were already cordoned off.
Of course there is the iconic Aston Martin DB5 from Skyfall, a favourite of almost everyone at the Bond in Motion exhibition. A classic in its own right it's association with Bond making it legendary. There is Little Nellie from You Only Live Twice, the Acrostar from Octopussy, who can forget the bizarreness of watching a horses rear end rise to reveal the hidden jet? Sean Connery's jet pack from Thunderball, Both Aston Martin's from recent Bond's car crash in Casino Royale, a key event as well as the incredible car chase from Quantum of Solace as well as many, many classics and other favourites.
But for me, growing up during the Roger Moore era Bond there is only one car that embodies the fantasy world of James Bond as extremely and grandly as wet nellie or as I know it the Lotus Esprit S1 from one of Bond's finest screen adventures to date - The Spy Who Loved Me. In fact the whole underwater display area was my favourite part of the Bond in Motion exhibition. Whilst I might not be the biggest fan of Pierce Brosnan's Bond the Q Boat from The World Is Not Enough is always special, as is anything from Thunderball.
The Establishing Shot: BOND IN MOTION - WET NELLIE OR JAMES BOND'S WHITE LOTUS ESPRIT S1 FROM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM
In terms of the breadth of pieces on display, seriously? I'm a Bond fan I would have been happy if there was only one car on display and it was behind a metal door and it could only be seen through a porthole. I never got around to visited the exhibition at Beaulieu so I can't make a comparison but the London Film Museum Bond in Motion exhibition is outstanding and it is highly unlikely that a fan will ever get closer to the world of Bond, the entire experience is wonderful for every level of Bond fan.
Whilst it does not feel as all encompassing as the great James Bond exhibition of 2002 at the Science Museum. In all fairness I have said this about every exhibition I have attended since, as they have all been focussed on certain areas of Bond's heritage. The London Film Museum Bond in Motion has a real upmarket boutique feel to it made by people who love and care for their displays and the talent.
Now that Bond in Motion has a semi permanent home in London, hopefully it will be a huge success allowing an expansion of the collection as I would love to see more of Bond's vehicles (hovercrafts, aeroplanes, hot air balloons, hang gliders, etc.) from across Bond films AS WELL as other pieces beyond the vehicles, housed under one roof permanently at the London Film Museum offering both Bond fans and civilians the ultimate Bond experience much like the Harry Potter Tour in Leavesden.
To read Part 1 of my day at the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum head over here! Part 2 can be found here!
Bond in Motion Exhibition at The London Film Museum
21 March onwards
The London Film Museum Covent Garden is located at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden London, WC2E 7BN.
Exhibition will be open 7 Days a Week* 10am - 6pm (last entry 5pm) Saturday - 10am till 7pm (last entry 6pm).
The Museum Shop and Cafe is open during Museum opening hours. Tickets can be purchased at the venue on the day but to avoid the queues, we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance from www.londonfilmmuseum.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk
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