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Belinda and Mike - follow our tourist travels in the UK

James Bond Cars, Bond in Motion Exhibition in London, September 2014

With some 50 original vehicles spanning all 23 James Bond films, from Dr No. (the first) in 1962 right up to the present day, the Bond in Motion exhibition is an amazing showcase for the 007 movies.  Cars, boats, aircraft and motorbikes from the Bond films are displayed plus an insight into the Bond series production with storyboards, concept art and models on display.  The Bond in Motion exhibition is at the London Film Museum in Wellington Street, right by Covent Garden.  Initially scheduled to run until March 2015 it's now been extended, and new exhibits and vehicles from the new Bond film Spectre are being added during 2015.

Bond in Motion exhibition at London's Covent Garden
Well, there's no mistaking we're at Bond in Motion.  This giant screen just inside the entrance was looping clips from the Bond films, including the Bond girls - which Mike checked out closely!  After paying the entrance £14.50 (2 for 1 deal with train ticket) we...

Viewing the production art at Bond in Motion
...headed up to the mezzanine floor to view the fascinating displays of production art from the 007 film series, including some original concept sketches done to illustrate the features of Bond's Aston Martin DB6 - which Belinda checked avidly.  Also here...

Clapper board and storyboards on display at the Bond exhibition
...at the Bond in Motion exhibition were some original scripts, clapper boards and storyboards; this one showing part of the opening chase from 'Goldeneye'.

Admiring the model of MI6's HQ at Bond in Motion
Here's a model of MI6's HQ, built for 'The World is Not Enough' in 1999.  Those production guys working on the Bond films sure go to a lot of trouble.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II from 'A View to a Kill'
After descending the steps to the main part of Bond in Motion the first vehicle we saw was this stunning Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II from 'A View to a Kill',  which finished up at the bottom of a lake in the film.

Goldfinger - Rolls-Royce Phantom III
Next up was Goldfinger's imposing Rolls-Royce Phantom III, originally custom-built for the Rt Hon Lord Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey in 1937.  This vehicle survived filming - many Bond cars didn't, such as...

Bond in Motion exhibition, London: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
...two Aston Martin V12 Vanquishes from 'Die Another Day' (2002) which were destroyed during filming.  We learnt the car was fitted with four-wheel drive for the ice-driving in Iceland.  This one survived and features a full complement of weapons; now wouldn't those missiles be handy to blast your way through traffic!

James Bond cars: Aston Martin V8 coupé with extendable skis
In 'The Living Daylights' from 1987 this Aston Martin V8 coupé sprouted extendable skis and a rocket-booster to blast through a border-control checkpoint (as you do).  You'll notice the screens by the cars, used to show action sequences of the various vehicles' staring roll in the associated Bond movies.

Within the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum
Collectables and props from many of the Bond films were on display at the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum, such as this...

Bond film prop from 'Die Another Day', a tyre with studs
...prop tyre with extendable studs, created for a close-up shot in 'Die Another Day'.  Never fitted to a car, it was kind of a reverse-engineered stop-stick!

Looking down the exhibition area at Bond in Motion, London
At the far end is Little Nellie, the yellow gyrocopter which appeared in 1967's 'You Only Live Twice'.  It was fitted with what were once real-life operational weapons such as machine guns, flamethrowers and rockets - nice.  On the left is the...

Bond vehicle: the Parahawk snowmobile hybrid
...Parahawk, the versatile snowmobile hybrid with parachute and propeller system from 1999's 'The World Is Not Enough'.  In the movie Bond had to contend with four of these bad boys as he visited Elektra King's proposed new oil pipeline area.

Motorbikes and cars at the Bond in Motion exhibition
The Bond in Motion exhibition also displayed motorbikes from the 007 films, including the Honda CRF250R from 'Skyfall'.  Behind the visitors here is the Citroën 2CV from 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) and the TUK-TUK taxi from 1983's 'Octopussy'.

Bond in Motion, London: 007's Q Boat
Here's Bond's Q Boat from 'The World is Not Enough' in 1999.  Launched from the MI6 offices, it chased a speedboat, dipped below water and leapt into the air before Bond grabbed a rope dropped from a hot-air balloon.  Just another random day in the office then!

Wet Nellie, the submersible Lotus Esprit S1
In 1977's 'The Spy Who Loved Me', Wet Nellie, a submersible Lotus Esprit S1, had its moment of glory when Bond drove it out of the sea and up a beach in Sardinia past stunded sunbathers.

Aston Martin DB5, a classic Bond vehicle at Bond in Motion
Now the gold coloured Aston Martin DB5 just has to be the iconic Bond car.  The DB5 displayed here at Bond in Motion came from 'Goldeneye' in 1995.  This classic 60s Bond vehicle featured again in 'Skyfall'.

Damaged Aston Martin DBS from 'Quantum of Solace'
This Aston Martin DBS took part in the spectacular opening chase in 2008's 'Quantum of Solace'.  At the Bond in Motion exhibition we learnt some 14 brand-new Aston Martins were ruined during filming - Belinda hasn't stopped crying into her wine ever since!  The DBS was also in 'Casino Royale'.

Bond in Motion café at the London Film Museum
More models displayed in the Bond in Motion café.  While we've concentrated on the Aston Martins, others at Bond in Motion included the BMW 750IL from 'Tomorrow Never Dies', the Jaguar XKR from 'Die Another Day', and the BMW Z8 from 'The World Is Not Enough' (you know the one, it got sliced in half).

Gift shop at Bond in Motion
The exit from Bond in Motion in London was, of course, through the 007 gift shop and from there...

Covent Garden after exiting from the London Film Museum
...out into Covent Garden, still buzzing with visitors.  See our tourist resources for Bond in Motion links.

Our other related visits: James Bond at Science Museum and 007 exhibition at Beaulieu.