Sunday, January 22, 2023

Bond. James Bond In Motion Exhibit!

James Bond in Motion is the name of an exhibit at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. We checked it out and had a great time seeing various cars and even some other vehicles used in the James Bond Films. If you've seen any Bond films, you might be familiar with the story of the British MI6 agent 007 who is licensed to kill, based on the books by Ian Fleming. As a fan of both cars and James Bond, it was cool to see these cars in person. The exhibit will be open until November 2023, so there's plenty of time for you to head up by Albany NY and see it for yourself! Stay tuned for Part II, because this is only about half of the exhibit. 

The museum building used to be a bottling facility for the Saratoga Springs water. 

The items on display were mostly from the James Bond film production company, Eon Productions, and the Ian Fleming Foundation, and are being shown for the first time on the East Coast. You can find a TON of info and a list of inventory of vehicles at the Ian Fleming Foundation website: The Ian Fleming® Foundation – Welcome (

This was the only vehicle you could get on, but they wouldn't let me take it outside and drive in the snow! This was used in the movie Die Another Day, in 2002. We'll get to that green Jaguar in the photo later too!

The exhibit starts with some lesser-known cars, like this Mercury Cougar, from On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Out in the desert, James Bond (Sean Connery) escapes the bad guys on this Honda 3-wheeler. 

Honda 3-wheeler, and judging by the initials WW, obviously from the rich Willard White (Jimmy Dean)

Mercury Cougar

This AMC Hornet was from the 1974 film The Man With The Golden Gun. It is not the specially modified car that made the jump in the background photo, but it is one of 2 that was shipped to the filming location, and was later returned to the head of AMC. The Fleming Foundation later purchased it.

This 1977 Lotus Esprit turned into a submarine for Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. This is one of six or seven Lotus cars made for the ocean-going car. 

This is a prototype for the first water bike, again for 1977 and The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore)

Fiberglass shell 1985 Aston Martin for Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights of 1987. 

Here's one of the bad guy cars! This Jaguar XKR chased Pierce Brosnan in the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day. Comes complete with gatling gun, missiles, Iceland license plate, etc.

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) had a few tricks up his sleeve against the Jaguar, mostly, this Aston Martin Vanquish, which also had missiles. This V12 powered car from Q Branch also had the ability to vanish by using cameras to project images and appear to disappear. You can see Bond on the yellow snowmobile in the background.

Normally just an Aston Martin badge on the front of a car gets my attention, so I must say that 4 missiles also does the trick. 

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