the first Bond film, Dr No, was put together 40 years ago, little
did its makers realise that there would later be a market for 007
the film was over, they got rid of the props without a second thought
for the generations of Bond fanatics that would follow over the
it came to pass that an (empty) bottle of Dom Perignon ‘55 from
a dinner scene is one of the sole survivors from the set of Dr No.
But later, lessons were learned and producers Eon Productions started
putting props aside at a secret location.
camera: 'Battersea Covert Surveillance Project'
some of the most iconic props from Jaws' teeth to Bond's vehicles
are on show alongside interactive displays, storyboards and other
paraphernalia in London.
The Science Museum is offering Bond fans of all ages (and extremes)
a behind-the-scenes peek at 40 years of Bondage including a props-preview
from the latest Bond outing 'Die Another Day'.
with a mission briefing in a replica of M’s office,
visitors are equipped with swipe cards and given an interactive
look at the world of Britain's most famous spy.
are tested on their Bond knowledge and get the chance to prevent
a nuclear meltdown - courtesy of a replica reactor room.
prepared to spend time logging on to the themed terminals can hear
interviews including Roger Moore's regret at wearing crocodile skin
shoes during the stunt scene shot at an alligator farm.
despite the effort put into the hi-tech, interactive exhibition,
it was the old fashioned microfiche of archived Bond articles that
fascinated 12-year-old visitors Nestor Sajo from Hackney and Ashleigh
Jordan from Islington.
furniture from Die Another Day
said: "I liked the microfiche, I wanted to see what they did
and how it worked. It’s pretty fun, it’s like a typing machine.
it was the cars and items from Die Another Day at the 007 Prop Store
that were most admired by 38-year-old Bond fan
co-author of 'The Essential Bond' was at the museum's press launch
to see how the exhibition shaped up.
said: "It’s not very often you get the chance to see this
sort of thing exhibited."
have Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce, to have that piece of history here
"With my history of writing books on the films, for me it’s nice
to see material relating to the latest film because that is new.
Although I work in that environment, I am just as excited as anyone
else about seeing the film when it is finished."
Russia with spikes: Rosa Klebb's shoes
of the museum, Jon Tucker, said it had taken a month of working
"flat out" to install the exhibition.
liked the cars best - particularly those from the newest Bond film.
"I’m raving about the props store, especially the ones from Die
Another Day, which haven’t been displayed before this - and also
Q’s workshop, because I’m a bit of a gadget fan."
James Bond exhibition runs at the Science Museum until 27 April