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James Bond Part 1

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'BOND IN MOTION', which exhibited at Beaulieu until January 2014, featured a whole range of vehicles which have appeared in Bond films over the years including cars, boats, motorbikes, jets and many more.


The collection of movie vehicles included:

Phantom lll Rolls-Royce from 'Goldfinger' (above and right)

Original SFX Cello Case Ski famously navigated by Timothy Dalton in 'The Living Daylights' (below)

Original Villain Parahawk featured in 'The World is Not Enough' (below)

Aston Martin DB5 from 'Casino Royale' (top and on page 2)



The 'BOND IN MOTION' exhibition will be held at the London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BN from March 2014.

Eon, a closely held private and family corporation, was started by film producers Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1961 at the time they partnered and sought financing for Dr. No.  This was the year before they formed Danjaq, which became Eon's holding company.

The copyrights and trademarks for the film properties are held by Danjaq and United Artists Corporation. The latter was bought by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1981, but as an MGM subsidiary its name still appears in Bond copyright and trademark disclaimers.

'Casino Royale' (2006), 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and 'Skyfall' (2012) were co-distributed with Columbia Pictures (which appeared along with Danjaq and United Artists in their copyright disclaimers).

Acknowledgement is given to the above companies for the pictures taken from various Bond films on this and the following page.







CROCODILE SUBMARINE ('OCTOPUSSY' 1983)

A full size replica of a crocodile which had a fibreglass hull covered in real crocodile skin. One man could lie flat inside the hull and look through the mouth of the crocodile.

Bond used the submarine to spy in the waters surrounding Octopussy's palace. In it he could go undetected by enemies as well as avoid being attacked by other crocodiles.

The'crocodile' contained the following features:
1) Opening and closing jaws operated by a stick inside the shell.
2) A quiet electric motor and propeller'




From "Computer Weekly" 2008 :

The most ridiculous gadget was Roger Moore's mini crocodile submarine.
Not entirely convincing and this gadget wouldn't find its way into one of the recent cool but tough Daniel Craig Bond films.





POLICE MOTOR CYCLE (left)

Used in 'Skyfall' (2012). In total twenty Honda CRF250R machines were heavily adapted and dressed to look like two local motorbikes.

One is a Turkish police bike that Patrice (Ola Rapace) seizes after a crash, the other is a Turkish merchant's bike that Bond uses to pursue Patrice through the streets in a high speed chase.



CELLO CASE SLED (below)

This was used in 'The Living Daylights' (1987).

From 'howzitMSN' (with acknowledgement) :

"After crashing his Aston Martin V8 into a snowbank, Bond switched on the self-destruct mechanism.

"They then use Kara's Stradivarius cello case as a toboggan to sled down the hillside and careen through the border's customs kiosk with Bond quipping, 'We have nothing to declare'."





ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series III is featured in 'The Living Daylights' (1987). Advances in engine technology helped evolve the look of the Aston Martin V8, which is the version showcased in this Bond film.

Fuel injection replaced carburetion when the series debuted in 1986. The new technology was more compact, freeing the car designers to make changes they couldn't make before. Gone is the "power bulge" needed in the hood of previous models. The V8 sports a flat bonnet.

Bond actually drives two Aston Martins in this film, though they are supposed to be the same car. At the beginning of the film, the car is a V8 Vantage Volante (convertible), complete with Vantage badges.

The actual car used in these scenes was a preproduction Vantage Volante owned by Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett.

Later, the car is supposedly fitted with a hardtop "winterised" by Q-Branch. However, these scenes actually feature a pair of non-Vantage V8 saloons retrofitted with the same number plate (B549 WUU) and Vantage badges as the car in the beginning.

Tim Cottingham writes on his website, http://astonmartins.com/ :

"Just like the DB5 before it, the V8 had many gadgets :

Jet engine booster rocket, behind the rear number plate
Ice tyres with spikes emerging through the treads by compressed air
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 form targeting the missiles
Police band scanner radio
Self destruct system - thankfully only a fibreglass replica was exploded in the film.

"Such were the demands of parts for the filming, there was apparently a shortage of bumpers and windscreens at the factory for a short while afterwards."





JAGUAR XKR CONVERTIBLE

The Jaguar XKR is a grand tourer car that was launched by Jaguar Cars in 1998. The XKR started its life as the Jaguar XK8 (project code X100), which was launched in 1996 as the first generation of a new XK series. The XK8 was available in coupé or convertible body styles and with the new 4.0 litre Jaguar AJ-V8 engine.

In 1998 the XKR was introduced with a supercharged version of the engine. From 2003 the engines were replaced by the 4.2 litre AJ34 engines in both the normally aspirated and supercharged versions.

The car was featured extensively in 2002's 'Die Another Day' as the lead henchman, Zao's vehicle. The vehicle was similar in almost every way to a Q-Branch equipped automobile.

The XKR's gadgetry includes a gatling gun, thermal imaging capabilities, mortar bombs, rockets under the front grille, miniature missiles hidden in the door, and front ramming spikes.













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