Celebrating 30 Years of The Living Daylights at Bond In Motion

27 June, 2017

Bond in Motion, the largest collection of original James Bond vehicles in the world, based at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is celebrating 30 years of The Living Daylights.

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Last week Bond In Motion announced a special 50 years of You Only Live Twice exhibition, so now there is even another reason to pay the London Film Museum a visit.

The Living Daylights is the 15th official EON Productions Bond film in the series, and it was Timothy Dalton's first outing as agent 007. The film was a worldwide hit when released in the summer of 1987.

As with all Bond films, The Living Daylights featured state-of-the-art gadgets and audacious action sequences.

Aston Martin V8 vantage Living Daylights ice lake

During filming in Austria, 007’s new Aston Martin performed a high-speed chase on an ice lake. A dramatic crash ensued before Bond flicked the self-destruct switch.

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Behind the scenes - Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould (right) has worked on virtually every Bond movie since The Spy Who Loved Me. Here the Aston Martin shell is being fitted with compressed air for the jump over the hut.
Photo © 1987 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Danjaq, LLC.

The car had “a few optional extras installed” including:

  • Jet engine booster rocket, behind the rear number plate
  • Ice tyres with spikes emerging through the treads
  • Retractable outriggers for use on snow and ice, which emerge from the sills
  • A pair of heat seeking missiles concealed behind the fog lights
  • Laser beams built into the front hubcaps
  • Heads-up display
  • Police band scanner radio (a Philips radio, read more here)
  • Self-destruct system

Aston martin V8 Vantage Living Daylights

Following the crash and dramatic explosion, Bond escaped across the border on a cello case that doubled as a sled.

living daylights cello sled

The case was made of fibreglass, had skis on the bottom and control handles on the sides. 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.”

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Behind the scenes - Bond & Kara show their passports as they make their escape in a cello case; the camera operator is on a toboggan.
Photo © 1987 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Danjaq, LLC.

London Film Museum Founder and CEO, 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.

Bond In Motion Living Daylights

Aston Martin V8 Vantage & Cello Sled on display at Bond in Motion, London Film Museum

The hero cello case sled that Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson refers to is on display along with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage at the Bond in Motion exhibition.

“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 June 12 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 the 20th anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies.”

The London Film Museum is located at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden and is open seven days a week.

Visit www.londonfilmmuseum.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk for tickets.


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