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For your eyes only: British museum highlights Bond vehicles

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0800

James Bond is best known for driving Aston Martins past and present. But over the course of 22 movies, Ian Fleming's character has piloted all sorts of motorized machines. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bond films, the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, has put together an exhibit highlighting 50 of the most recognizable vehicles from his movies. The exhibit is called “Bond in Motion,” and it runs from now until December.

Starting with the weird, the exhibit features the 1983 Acrostar BD-5J Jet from Octopussy. Bond conceals the small jet in a fake horsebox before unfolding the wings and using the 320-mph top speed and excellent maneuverability to complete the mission.

One of the most famous Bond movie moments, and one of the most famous movie stunts in general, was the corkscrew jump over a half-sunk bridge in a 1974 AMC Hornet. Bond used the 100-hp hatchback to pursue Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun with passenger Sheriff J. W. Pepper.

For Bond's snowy adventures he used a 2002 Bombardier MX Z-Rev Ski-Doo. This vehicle was hijacked in Die Another Day by Bond actor Pierce Brosnan. The MX has a top speed of 60 mph over almost any terrain. Bond used it to race back to the Ice Palace to save Jinx.

For Your Eyes Only was released in 1981, with Bond at the wheel of a diminutive Citro


By Jake Lingeman