All of us know what to expect from our Bonds whether Connery, Moore, Lazenby, Craig or (up next). Those things are:
1. An action-addicted spy who loves women and triumphs over the wickedest men.
2. A suave-but-deadly countenance.
3. A man who wears nothing but the most bespoke clothing.
But no Bond film is complete without some kind of car for the man to get around with, cars that can fly, shoot bullets, eject bad guys from the passenger seat, drive fast and more.
That’s why it’s good news that the Petersen Automotive Museum will present a new exhibit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise through a highly diverse selection of iconic screen-used vehicles, opening September 25, 2021.
Bond in Motion will be the largest official Bond vehicle display to date in the U.S., and will feature more than 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and even scale filming models of aircraft from an array of both classic and contemporary Bond films
Highlighted automobiles include:
1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
1985 Aston Martin V8 from The Living Daylights (1987)
1999 BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Jaguar XKR – Die another day (1998)
2019 Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre (2015).
“James Bond is an international pop culture icon and the vehicles he drives are an integral part of his character,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The Petersen is excited to showcase so many of the series’ most well-known vehicles. We are sure that there will be something to satisfy every generation of Bond fan.”
Bond in Motion was created as a collaboration between EON Productions and The Ian Fleming Foundation, with support from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), to explore how the vehicles featured in the Bond movies contributed to each movie’s popularity and legacy. (Picture the “Goldfinger” mountain chase with Connery behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle, for instance.)
Transportation of eight automobiles from the United Kingdom was donated and managed by DHL, who oversaw logistics for the last five Bond films and is the official partner of No Time To Die (2021).
Prior to the public opening, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of September 23 with live entertainment and gourmet appetizers and cocktails.
The exhibit will replace the Hollywood Dream Machines exhibit in the Mullin Grand Salon gallery on the first floor of the museum and will run through October 30, 2022. It will also provide a space for screenings, panel discussions and lectures related to the Bond franchise.
Having been to the Petersen museum for the launch of Metallica guitarist James Hetfield’s auction in January 2020, I’ll tell readers that the museum is a great place to take a date, or the kids. It isn’t just for hardcore engine nuts.
The 25th film in the James Bond Franchise, No Time To Die, will be released in cinemas from September 30 2021 in the UK through Universal Pictures International and in the US on October 8 2021, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) via their United Artists Releasing banner.
To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit www.petersen.org/bond.
For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.