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Visiting the Bond In Motion exhibition at Petersen Automotive Museum

26 September, 2021

After many years the Bond In Motion exhibition left the London Film Museum in January 2021 and settled down in the United States.

The fine collection of iconic vehicles from the finest film series can now be admired in The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles - arguably one of the finest automotive museums in the world.

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Aston Martin Vanquish, Die Another Day
photo © Ben Williams

While the exhibition isn’t exactly the same collection that was on display in London, there are many familiar vehicles on display here including the Aston Martin DB5 and the “Wet Nellie” Lotus Esprit S1.

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Lotus Esprit 'Wet Nellie', The Spy Who Loved Me
photo © Ben Williams

However, there are other gems that may not have been seen before, such as the full-size working Neptune submersible from For Your Eyes Only and Sanchez’s Cessna Skyhawk from Licence To Kill, along with boats, buggies, and bikes from the rest of the series.

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Hiller UH-12C helicopter, From Russia With Love
photo © Ben Williams

For fans of Aston Martin, there is one of only ten DB10s from SPECTRE, the bullet-mangled Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, the somewhat flattened world-record-breaking Aston Martin DBS from “Casino Royale”, a very visible Vanquish from Die Another Day, the winterised V8 Vantage from The Living Daylights, as well as the famous DB5.

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Aston Martin DB5
photo © instagram.com/007 

The biggest disappointed perhaps is the fact that there are currently no vehicles from No Time To Die on display here. These vehicles will be shown at Beaulieu motor museum - the original home of Bond In Motion - opening to coincide with the release of the film.

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Cagiva motorcycle, GoldenEye
photo © Ben Williams

If you are at all interested in the history of automotives, then The Petersen is well worth a visit for this aspect alone. Rarely will you find such a comprehensive collection of vehicles of all types located in one place. A visit is highly recommended.

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Bond In Motion at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is open until 30 October 2022
photo © Ben Williams

Bond In Motion opens September 25th, with tickets costing $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $11 for children - paid parking is also available onsite. Full details of the vehicles, the opening times, and COVID19 guidelines are available on their website.

With thanks to Ben Williams for the report and photos


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