In 1962, James Bond made his first big screen appearance with Dr. No. Bond had made his novel debut with Casino Royale in 1953, and his little-screen debut with a Casino Royale adaptation the following year, but Dr. No launched the character into the pop culture lexicon. In the 50 years since, Bond has become synonymous with cool–clothes, gadgets, drinks, femmes fatale, and cars.
We mentioned that a Bond fashion exhibit opened at London’s Barbican Museum (Two new featurettes on that exhibit are here and here), and now we bring more news of Bond’s Golden Jubilee, courtesy of MSNBC:
The 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film is being celebrated with two special exhibits, one with costumes, props and gadgets from the entire series of films, the other with more than 50 vehicles driven in them.
‘Bond in Motion,’ is on display through December 31 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, 70 miles southwest of London. The largest exhibit of its kind ever staged, it features everything from cars, boats and motorbikes to sleds and jets.
The oldest vehicle is a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, driven by the villain Goldfinger in the film of the same name; its license plate, AU1, is the symbol for gold in the periodic table.
The newest vehicle, whose identity is currently under wraps, will go on display July 13; this comes from Skyfall.
Also on display is a BMW 750iL, driven by Pierce Brosnan remotely, via cell phone, in a car park chase scene in Tomorrow Never Dies. Visitors also can watch behind-the-scenes film footage showing how vehicle stunts were created.” read the rest