To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise and the release of Skyfall, the 23rd film in the series, October 5 has been declared Global James Bond Day.
And a new feature documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, will be also be unveiled. Directed by Stevan Riley, it focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming – and is the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962 with the world premiere of Dr No in London on October 5, 1962.
Daniel Craig is back as Bond in Skyfall, in which his loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. With MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
All of which means renewed interest in Bond In Motion at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. With 50 vehicles on show to represent the 50 years of Bond, it is the biggest exhibition of Bond vehicles ever staged.
Alongside the most famous vehicles like the Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit S1, there is a host of treasures dating back to From Russia With Love including the elegant Fairey Huntress Speedboat, Goldfinger’s 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, the buzzing autogyro from You Only Live Twice and Octopussy’s screeching Acrostar Jet alongside cars, bikes, trikes, sleds and boats.
Cars used in films starring Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all feature in the exhibition, and there are a few record-breakers on display too including the Aston Martin DBS Stunt Car from Casino Royale.