as the opening sequence at Lake Garda
in Italy nears its climax, the Aston Martin
DBS swings into the Carrara marble
quarry minus its driver’s door. By the time
it exits, an action-packed minute later, its
bodywork and wheels are riddled with
bullet-holes and layered in dust. Visitors
to the exhibition will have the opportunity
to see one of the surviving vehicles on
display, featuring the damage sustained in
the quarry. Interestedly, in
Skyfall
(2012),
the art department used 3D printing for
the first time in the production of this film
and created a selection of Aston Martin
DB5 replicas. The one-third scale model
on display in a glass cabinet used in the
attack on Bond’s family estate shows the
magnitude of this fantastic technology.
In
Goldfinger
(1964), Bond is first seen
driving the Aston Martin DB5, but it is in
GoldenEye
(1995) that we see the secret
agent reunited with this stunning gold
number for the first time in 30 years.
The thrilling opening sequence of the film
captures Bond racing the Ferrari Spider
F355 GTS belonging to bad-girl Xenia
Onatopp (Famke Janssen) down twisting
mountain roads in the South of France.
One of the most intriguing and fascinating
vehicles to see at the exhibition has to
be the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from
Goldfinger
(1964) and the Rolls-Royce
Silver Cloud II from
A View to a Kill
(1985).
These stunning and prestigious cars are in
my opinion, a sight for sore eyes and their
beauty effortlessly shines through. In the
1964 Bond film, Goldfinger’s magnificent
Rolls-Royce appears at the golf course
where Bond places a homing device
aboard. He tracks the car across the
Alps into Switzerland where it is stripped
down to reveal a horde of smuggled
gold. The 1937 vehicle is thought to have
been custom-built for the Rt. Hon. Lord
Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey. In
A View to
a Kill,
the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II is
driven by Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Patrick
Macnee) who masquerades as Bond’s
chauffeur as he drives 007 to the French
chateau of the villainous Max Zorin. The
assassin May Day (Grace Jones) strikes
en-route and Bond only escaped a watery
grave by breathing air from the tyres. The
car belonged to James Bond producer,
Cubby Broccoli, who lent it for the
production. Another vehicle that
caught my eye was the gorgeous
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish labelled
‘the Vanish’ by Q in
Die Another
Day
(2002) with Pierce Brosnan simply
because it could disappear on cue. For this
vehicle, the stunt team heavily modified
four examples of the 6.0-litre original
Vanquish for Bond’s battle with the
villainous Zao’s Jaguar XKR on the frozen
lake. With four-wheel-drive systems and
smaller 300bhp V8 engines fitted to the
body shell, it took three months to build
and two were destroyed during the shoot
at Jökulsárlón in Iceland. The Vanquish
on display is the only car to house a full
complement of weapons.
But it isn’t just the cars alone that make
the Bond in Motion such a brilliant and
worthwhile exhibition to visit. Among the
props and memorabilia from the films,
you’ll find machines such as the Acrostar
BD-5J Jet and Crocodile Submarine from
Octopussy
(1983), Q Boat from
TheWorld Is
Not Enough
(1999),WetBike (a forerunner
of the ski-jet) and Spear Gun Sled from
The
SpyWho Loved Me
(1977) and Underwater
Tow Sled from
Never Say Never Again
(1983).You’ll even be privy to the passports
carried by Bond’s Pierce Brosnan and
Daniel Craig, his evaluation reports,
Omega watches, wallets and weaponry.
As a keepsake, there is a brochure covering
the exhibition priced at £12.00 as well as a
café where you can sit down and rest your
legs while having a cup of tea or coffee.
Or if you’re feeling energetic, you could
try your hand at manoeuvring a Bond car
along a racing track or play the GoldenEye
slot machine.The gift shop has everything
Bond from posters, key-rings, pens and
badges to DVDs, books, aftershave and
Casino Royale games.
Bond in Motion at the London Film
Museum, 45 Wellington Street, London
WC2E 7BN is running until March 2015 so
prepare to get shaken not stirred as soon
as you can.
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