Bond in Motion

Bond in Motion

In this year of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films – which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No – the National Car Museum in Beaulieu in the New Forest in the south of England, is celebrating the iconic film series with a unique exhibition. ‘Bond in Motion: 50 Vehicles 50 Years’ looks at the series through the distinctive transports of delight that have been key to earning the James Bond films classic status with film fans around the world.

The exhibition has been assembled from various collections, including the EON archives, and includes the Aston Martins that are synonymous with agent 007. The diverse array of items on display also includes Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the Q Boat from the opening River Thames chase in The World is Not Enough. Representing the 1960s is the Little Nellie autogiro from You Only Live Twice and Tracy Di Vicenzo’s red Cougar from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. From the early 1970s, there’s the AMC Hornet from The Man with the Golden Gun, which loop-the-looped on a rickety bridge, the Glastron GT-150 speedboat from Live and Let Die and the white Lotus Esprit, which was equally at home on land or sea in The Spy Who Loved Me.  

For those of you who live in the Northwest of England, the ‘Pageant of Power’ festival at Cholmondeley Castle near Chester – the city where current Bond Daniel Craig was born – is also celebrating the James Bond anniversary in style.

Over the weekend of June 15-17, three vehicles from the Pierce Brosnan era are present as a special exhibit at the event. Appearing will be the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day (which had a cloaking device, enabling it to become invisible), the Jaguar XKR driven by the villains in the same film, and the BMW Z8 from The World is Not Enough. More details about the 2012 Pageant of Power are available at

The ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibit at the National Car Museum, which runs until December 2012, is the cover story by Matthew Field in the latest edition, Issue 23, of Cinema Retro magazine.

Cinema Retro’s Dave Worrall was interviewed on RTE’s radio show ‘James Bond and his Driven Passion’, Produced and presented by Stewart and Orla Kelly, which can be heard here.

Further details for visiting the museum and the exhibit itself, including a full list of the vehicles from 21 of the Bond films, can be found on the Beaulieu Car Museum’s website.

I discuss the making of One Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) in my book Crime Wave: The Filmgoers’ Guide to the Great Crime Movies, which is available in paperback and on Kindle.

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One thought on “Bond in Motion

  1. tim ed kenneally says:

    I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since i first saw “doctor no” at the shaw-hayden theatre in cleveland,ohio in1962. the very next day i went down to the rexall drug store and bought my first bond book, “live and let die” I fell in love with bond and sean connery in general and first called him (see-an)until i knew better. collected all the bond merchandise and sure wish i had it all back. my favorite bond films are from russia with love, thunderball, OHMSS, you only live twice (and favorite theme song by the lovely nancy sinatra), goldfinger and diamonds are forever. I really don’t consider the newer bond films with daniel craig real bond movies but tough action films with none of the early style to them. liked timothy dalton but he is too gosh-dern short. roger moore was o.k. as the saint but not bond. irish mug pierce brosnan’s films were too hurried and too much action. the idea of a black cat playing bond is unthinkable and really don’t like dame judi dench as m. she is involved too much in the plot of the movies. oh, she’s a wonderful actress, for sure, but liked it better when m was in the beginning and at the ass-end of the film. bernard lee was a sour-puss rough ol’ bastard and perfect as m. cheers, tim ed kenneally

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