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THE CARS OF SPECTRE – Catching BOND IN MOTION’s new SPECTRE collection

THE CARS OF SPECTRE Launch - 17-11-15 - Photo © Mark O'Connell (11)

Since Bond In Motion‘s launch in March 2014 (full review and galleries), EON Productions and the London Film Museum’s collection of Bond vehicle gems has been attracting fans, tourists, kids and petrol heads alike from across the globe. Masterminded by the London Film Museum’s Jonathan Sands with EON Productions and its Archive Director Meg Simmonds on keen godparent duties, Bond In Motion celebrates those magnificent 007 men and women of Bond and especially their flying, driving and diving machines. Catching Bullets’ Mark O’Connell was invited to take the new display for a spin. And yes, he got to sit in an Aston. And yes, there were buttons to press.

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Hot on the heels (or tyre tracks) of 007’s newest bullet, SPECTRE, the London Film Museum has now just launched its first special exhibition celebrating a new 007 movie – The Cars of SPECTRE. Since its 2014 launch where producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson first announced Bond’s newest Aston Martin, this new exhibition helps makes the welcome statement that Bond In Motion will be continuing indefinitely – much to the pride of Jonathan Sands and his museum team who have thoroughly enjoyed the ride, feedback and public enthusiasm so far.

“We are so excited to be presenting our first exhibition dedicated to SPECTRE. We regularly update Bond In Motion with never-before-seen gems from previous adventures but this is the first time we’ve been able to display vehicles from a film that is currently in cinemas around the world”

Jonathan Sands, London Film Museum founder & CEO

Sited in a brand new space amidst 007’s greatest vehicles (which in turn have had a great bout of feng-shui which has refreshed the whole exhibition in the best way – and sees the entire exhibition really using that underground space), The Cars of SPECTRE has now opened its bespoke car doors for the public with apt timing for cinemagoers.

THE CARS OF SPECTRE Launch - Rolls Royce Silver Wraith - 17-11-15 - Photo © Mark O'Connell (10)

As other SPECTRE exhibits are added to EON’s other two exhibitions (Washington DC’s Exquisitely Evil and the touring Designing Bond), The Cars of SPECTRE‘s main four-wheeled stars are the gleaming triumvirate of Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75, Oberhauser’s 1951 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and of course the uber exclusive, Aston Martin DB10. Only around ten DB10s were reportedly commissioned but Bond In Motion in fact has two already. Well, one and a very cool half. The DB10 ejector seat stunt rig and a Land Rover Defender (straight from a mountain in Austria) are on display too and testament to the wizardry of Bond, the mathematics of such stunt sequences and the sheer effort that goes into making 007 look effortless. Though there is no Frank Sinatra CD left over in the DB10 by 009.

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Added to that is a rich array of SPECTRE storyboards, clapperboards, props and costumes. Easily the coolest cabinet aptly flanking the DB10 is Daniel Craig’s Tom Ford Windsor three piece suit from the Rome funeral scenes and subsequent car chase (complete with collar pin, Tom Ford tie and Crockett & Jones Camberley boots). Yet equally striking is Hinx’s black on black suit on sentry duty by the fire damaged Jaguar and costume designer Jany Temime’s Moroccan trouser suit for Dr Madeleine Swann. Q gets his own display with his ID card, spectacles (SPECTRE-cals….sorry), Q Lab production models, the Omega Seamaster 300 watch and already iconic SPECTRE ring complete the line-up.

The Cars of SPECTRE opens on the 18th November 2015 as part of Bond In Motion. There is no extra charge for the new exhibition (beyond the normal admission price) and the gift shop is certainly stocked with SPECTRE goodies….but no cat food. And be sure to check out the cutest SPECTRE exhibit already making itself at home at Covent Garden – namely Blofeld’s Bath-o-Sub from Diamonds Are Forever.

For a full gallery of photos go to Catching Bullets Facebook page.

THE CARS OF SPECTRE (from left) The Jaguar C-X75, The Day of the Dead skulduggery & the Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. Photo © Mark O'Connell / 2015

The Cars of SPECTRE

Bond In Motion, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London.

Full price – £14.50

Child Ticket – [5-15years] £9.50

Concession Ticket – £9.50 [Students, 65 + and freedom pass holders]

Family Ticket – £38

Under 5 – Free

THE CARS OF SPECTRE Launch - DB10 - 17-11-15 - Photo © Mark O'Connell (15)

With thanks to EON Productions, Meg Simmonds, Jonathan Sands, White Ltd and the team at Bond In Motion.

 

BOND IN TRANSIT – 007’s co-stars arrive for major new London exhibition

BOND IN MOTION 3As the great and the good of Hollywood were abandoning their cars to make way into Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre for the Academy Award’s annual buffet and raffle this weekend, James Bond saw his automobiles arriving in their own style to nab all the Best Supporting gongs going.

© Getty Images / 2014 / used with permission from the LONDON FILM MUSEUMAs Eon Productions & The London Film Museum’s imminent exhibition BOND IN MOTION takes shape in Covent Garden, and James Bond himself was no doubt looking for the one car valet he hadn’t killed to help out, the exhibition’s starry ‘cast list’ have been making their way to London and to the Wellington Street address of what will be their home for the foreseeable future.

Vehicles loaded in over the weekend included the Aston Martin DB5, Rolls Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, “CUB 1” (the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II from A View to A Kill, and a major co-star itself of Catching Bullets), the Acrostar Jet plane from Octopussy and the 1/3 scale model of the Agusta Westland from Skyfall which cut quite a curious sight hogging the kerb outside the London Film Museum. Added to that, Little Nellie from You Only Live Twice arrived with less interference from rogue Japanese agents than usual.

Having now left their previous address in Beaulieu Motor Museum behind (where the BOND IN MOTION exhibition first launched to mark Bond’s 50th anniversary and ended up being extended for a successful run throughout 2013) 007’s glittering array of wheels arrived in the big city, mercifully avoiding the weekday congestion charge dilemmas.

Of course the cars’ entrance was typically dramatic – worthy of some of the best 007 manouvering and planning. The collection will be the largest ever gathering of 007 vehicles, motorcycles, planes, underwater subs, helicopters and yes, Goldfinger‘s Rolls Royce Phantom was got at by SPECTRE agents in the form of London’s ever-vigilant home guard (or traffic wardens as they are also known). At least the Rolls was granted a lovely canary yellow clamp, in keeping with its own paint job (Auric does like a good colour co-ordination, if his golfing gear is anything to go by).

The small matter of moving such automobiles is no mean feat, even for a Sunday in London and various hearts were no doubt in the mouths of some of the car’s guardians as the DB5 and Phantom were winched into place in the exhibition’s new London home. © Getty Images / 2014 / used with permission from the LONDON FILM MUSEUM

BOND IN MOTION opens on March 21st 2014 at the London Film Museum and promises to be a grand display of movie cars.

For more details and how to buy tickets visit www.londonfilmmuseum.com

With thanks to the London Film Museum and Eon Productions for the photos.

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BOND IN MOTION is back!

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BOND IN MOTION is back!!
Having spent an extended and highly popular run at Beaulieu’s Motor Museum until Christmas 2013, Eon Productions & the London Film Museum have announced that BOND IN MOTION is to take on the capital and open in London in March 2014.
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Based at the London Film Museum, the newly revised exhibition will offer folk the opportunity to rub bumpers with a stellar cast of around fifty of 007’s wheeled co-stars – from the Connery days, the 1970s, possibly half a Parisian Renault, an Octopussy tuk-tuk, Skyfall‘s vehicular support acts (including the 1/3 scale Merlin helicopter models), You Only Live Twice‘s Little Nelly, Goldfinger‘s Rolls Royce Phantom III, The Spy Who Loved Me’s Lotus Esprit S1 and a certain Aston Martin DB5.
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In the heart of London’s Covent Garden and marking the first time such a collection has been on display in the capital, this one is not to be missed… BOND IN MOTION.
For more details and tickets go to London Film Museum’s site.

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