Monday, March 4, 2013

Bond at Beaulieu: Part One

James Bond's 1963 Aston Martin DB5
by Kate Tompkins

One of the things I really enjoyed about my visit to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu was the Bond in Motion: 50 Vehicles, 50 Years exhibit. The exhibit was put together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bond film franchise in 2012, and was so popular that it’s been extended to January 5, 2014. If you’re a Bond fan and you’re visiting the UK, this is well worth a look. The exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum.

Among the 50 vehicles is everything from a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, driven by Goldfinger in the 1962 film of the same name, to a pair of 2011 Honda CRF250R motorcycles from Skyfall. I was quite pleased to find what I’d consider the most iconic Bond car of all time, the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger (above). While there were earlier Bond cars, this was the first one modified by Q. Who wouldn’t want a car with a passenger ejector seat? I’ve wanted a close look at a DB5 anyway—to have it be the Bond car was even better.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
by Kate Tompkins

Another Bond car that caught my eye was the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Diamonds Are Forever. Seems Ford told the production company they’d give them as many cars as they needed, as long as Bond drove this one. Not his usual style, but a very nice car indeed.

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