?Bond, James Bond? ? and a legend was born. The name conjures up the cinematic lore of villains, women, exotic locations, gadgets, one-liners ? and of course, the cars.
On Tuesday 14 July, the London Film Museum Covent Garden opened its doors and rolled out the red carpet to 31 Club members for an exclusive breakfast and private viewing of the ?Bond in Motion? exhibition. With breakfast having become a social event ? business meetings are more likely nowadays to be held over croissants than a drink after work ? it seemed fitting to spruce up the ?most important meal of the day? with pastries, coffee and conversation, whilst also admiring 007?s most iconic original vehicles and memorabilia spanning? 50 years.
The exhibition features the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles, including 007?s cars, boats, motorbikes, jets and sleds, as well as never-before-seen concept art and storyboards, film stills, action movie props, and miniature models. Over 50 models are showcased in all their glory, championing the history of Bond films, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger (1964), the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye (1995), and ?Wet Nellie? the underwater Lotus Espirit from The Spy Who Loved Me (1997).
It may be deemed as a little early for some, but if you wish to carry on the party Bond style, finish off with a martini at Dukes Hotel in Mayfair, (so very British) one of Ian Fleming?s watering holes, which according to legend was the inspiration for the classic line: ?Shaken, not stirred.? designmuseum.org
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