London Film Museum review (Aug 2016)
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They need to rename the London Film Museum because the only film it covers is James Bond. The first time I came here I thought they might have the Tin Man's heart in a glass jar, or Willie Wonka's golden ticket, or some famous props and costumes from the golden days of Hollywood, but there's nothing like that. It's just a few rooms full of James Bond vehicles.
It starts off with a piddly little collection of scripts and storyboards, before descending into a big garage full of boy's toys. We're talking Aston Martins with guns on the front, guns on the side, guns on top, rockets on the roof... They've got Sean Connery's classic Aston Martin, Roger Moore's submarine Lotus, Pierce Brosnan's remote-controlled rental, Daniel Craig's smashed up truck... They've even included those other two other blokes that everyone forgets (what are their names again?).
I think the old cars are the best. The modern ones look great, but I'd much rather have Sean Connery's old Aston Martin from Goldfinger. In the modern movies they stick a load of rockets and bombs on top, and wrap electric forcefields around them, but Connery didn't bother with any of that nonsense. He just rolled down his window and fired his gun at the baddies.
I've just found George Lazenby's red car with the skis on the back. (I knew I'd remember his name eventually.) Roger Moore seems to have all the daft cars -- he had to ride around in a bumpy old Tuk-Tuk taxi, and that bright yellow 2CV (do you remember that?). They've got his crocodile costume on show as well. He might have been lumbered with the worst cars and the ugliest Bond women, but hey... at least he got some of the best theme tunes to make up for it.
Timothy Dalton has been shuffled off into a tiny little corner with his Aston Martin from The Living Daylights. It's worth a look just to have a quick listen to the A-Ha theme tune.
Then it's on to the best Bond of all: Pierce Brosnan. (I'm not arguing about it -- he was definitely the best Bond.) My favourite car is his remote controlled one from Tomorrow Never Dies, although I notice they've done rather a good repair job on it because didn't he drop it two storeys off a roof? There's no sign of his invisible car, though (I looked everywhere, but I couldn't find it).
Practically all of the cars are in pristine condition until you get to Daniel Craig, and then they're all smashed up with their doors hanging off. His Aston Martin from Quantum of Solace is a total write-off. His car from Casino Royale is a mangled wreck. The only ones he didn't destroy are from Spectre (they'd probably got somebody else to do the driving by then).
And that's about it -- it's just lots of cars and a few boats and bikes. They've got a couple of cabinets with some set designs and props inside, but it's just odds and sods: a few guns and passports. They've got an old clapperboard as well. If you want to spend an hour looking at James Bond's cars, then give it a try.
Guest – Do I need to book to see the Bond cars and if so how can I book?
Admin – You don't have to. You can just turn up on the day (it's always been empty when I went). But you can buy a ticket if you want to
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