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23rd September 2021

MI6 reports from the new Bond In Motion exhibit in Los Angeles

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It was a sad day for many Bond fans when Bond In Motion left the London Film Museum back in January this year. Would we ever get a chance to see this fine collection of iconic vehicles from the finest film series ever again? 

Thankfully, the answer is yes. However, for those fans living outside of California, it will require a trip out to Los Angeles to do it. Bond In Motion is back and has now taken up residence in The Petersen Automotive Museum - arguably one of the finest automotive museums in the world. 

While the exhibition isn’t a simple transposition of the collection displayed in London, there are many familiar vehicles on display here. And for every glaring omission, there is in its place something you may not have seen displayed elsewhere.

Present and correct are many of the classic vehicles, including the Aston Martin DB5 and the  “Wet Nellie” Lotus Esprit S1. 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. 

For fans of the marque most associated with 007, there is one of only ten Aston Martin DB10s from , the bullet-mangled DBS from 'Quantum of Solace' the somewhat flattened world-record-breaking DBS from 'Casino Royale', a very visible Vanquish from 'Die Another Day', the “winterised” V8 Vantage from 'The Living Daylights', as well as the aforementioned DB5.

There are no vehicles from 'No Time To Die' but there will be a dedicated exhibit to these vehicles at Beaulieu motor museum - the original home of Bond In Motion - opening to coincide with the release of the film. 

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. 

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

MI6 would like to thank the team at The Petersen for the sneak preview access to the new exhibition.

About The Author
Ben is a freelance writer living in London, with a passion for architecture, design, fashion, food & drink, and travel. Ben has contributed to a number of event reports as well as historical content relating to James Bond lifestyle. He maintains the weblog: doubleonothing.com.

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