James Bond takes starring role at London Film Museum

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Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is marking the 30th anniversary of The Living Daylights with a special display of mementos from the film.

The exhibition features more than 100 original artefacts spanning all 24 Bond films, including vehicles, miniatures, concept art and storyboards. Among the objects from The Living Daylights are James Bond’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage – which featured spiked ice tyres, laser beam equipped front hubcaps, a self-destruct system and retractable outriggers for use on snow and ice – and a cello case toboggan on which Bond escaped following a spectacular crash and explosion.

Special effects supervisor John Richardson recalls: “As long as you made sure there was nothing at the bottom of the hill they were liable to crash into, it was actually quite fun to ride it down.”

London Film Museum founder Jonathan Sands said: “Now in its fourth year, Bond in Motion has grown and evolved as we continue to add previously unseen exhibits. There are no replicas – every item displayed is an original used for filming.”

“2017 is a fantastic year for Bond with four special milestones. In addition to celebrating 30 years of The Living Daylights we marked the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice on 12 June by adding new props and a new exhibit that focusses on production art. Later this year we’ll be commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me and 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies.”

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