Friday, June 15, 2012

James Bond...50 Vehicles. 50 Years!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series and the 40th anniversary of the National Motor Museum, where the Bond in Motion exhibition is located. The display, which runs at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu (near Southampton) until December 2012, features 50 different vehicles. It is the world's largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles. 






This exhibition has on show various vehicles, starting from the humblest parachute and going to the most iconic, gadget-laden car, with plenty of information on how vehicles were used on screen, why they were chosen and how they've faired across the intervening years. 






Alongside the most famous vehicles, for instance the Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit S1, there is a host of treasures dating back to "From Russia With Love", including the likes of Goldfinger's proud 1937 Rolls Royce, "Octopussy's" screeching Acrostar jet and Crocodile submarine alongside a whole clutch of cars, bikes, trikes, sleds, hovercraft and boats. 






Cars used in films starring Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all feature in the exhibition. Here the visitor can find a number of record-breakers, for example the Aston Martin DBS stunt car from Casino Royale. 






 There is a unique story behind every vehicle and every death defying stunt culminates in the exhilarating screen image. From speed boats leaping roads and cars submerging to exotic locations, ranging from tropical islands to the North Pole the action never ceases. Vehicles with gadgets and armouries add to the thrills with Bond having to be ever more resourceful in his battles with the increasingly technical and sophisticated villains. Bond in Motion is the story of the vehicles that keep the man behind the wheel moving and how the thrill a minute chase sequences pushed man and machine to the limit. 

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