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London Film Museum & James Bond!

Bond In Motion exhibit at the London Film Museum

Bond In Motion exhibit at the London Film Museum

Just off Covent Garden, behind the London Transport Museum, is the London Film Museum.  Occupying the former flower cellars associated with Covent Garden’s early years, this state of art facility was opened two years ago.  While exhibits will change over time, the current James Bond exhibit, titled ‘Bond in Motion’, demonstrates the strength this institution has in bringing meaningful and significant film related exhibitions to London.

James Bond's Aston Martin Vanquish from Die Another Day

James Bond’s Aston Martin Vanquish from Die Another Day

History:  Original created in 2008 as the Movieum, the museum was previously located in the County Hall building.  Its purpose is to support the British film industry and the talent within it.  In 2010 the group changed its name to the London Film Museum to better communicate its purpose and mission.  In 2012 the museum moved into its new facilities just off Covent Garden.  The museum is the only one of its kind in Britain.  Prior exhibits have focused on Ray Harryhausen and Charlie Chaplin.

The enemy's Jaguar...

The enemy’s Jaguar…

Bond in Motion:  The current exhibit is open throughout 2014 and is the largest collection of James Bond vehicles ever assembled for display in London.  There are no replica vehicles on display – all have been used in filming the various installments.  From Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce, to the submersible Lotus, to current Aston Martins – there is something here for everyone.  While the range of cars is broad and essentially complete across all films, there is also a wide range of other vehicles, including Little Nellie (gyrocopter), motorcycles, the jetpack, and many others.

Scale models from The World is Not Enough

Scale models from The World is Not Enough

A significant range of scale models, story boards and props are also on display.  It was particularly pleasing to see the scale model of the DB5 that was destroyed in Skyfall – dispelling any concerns that a real DB5 was shot up!

An all time great - the submersible Lotus

An all time great – the submersible Lotus

Many of the items are on loan from EON Productions or the Ian Fleming Foundation; however, the musuem does own some of the items as part of its permanent collection.  As a James Bond fan (who isn’t ), the exhibit met expectations on all levels.

Storyboard wall display

Storyboard wall display

Visiting:  The museum is open daily from 10-6 (10-7 Sat).  Admission fees apply and tickets can be bought online in advance or at the door.  There are both a cafe and a gift shop on site.

Film Museum Gift Shop

Film Museum Gift Shop

Film Museum Cafe

Film Museum Cafe

Location:  45 Wellington St, London, WC2E 7BN

Closest Tube:  Covent Garden, Leicester Sq or Charing Cross.

4 comments on “London Film Museum & James Bond!

  1. tanya nash
    May 24, 2014

    Thanks. I had no idea of this museum. Always thought we needed something to replace the one that went on the South Bank.

  2. A Londoner from Afar
    June 14, 2014

    I have to go and visit this museum. Thanks for sharing this!

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