Bond Cars from 50 Years of James Bond Movies

Bond in Motion is an Exhibition of 50 James Bond Cars from the James Bond Movies:

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For fans of James Bond movies, the sleek and lethal James Bond cars with Gatling guns and missile launchers are very much a part of the thrill of 007 movies. And here’s some exciting news for those who love those Bond 007 cars – an exhibition of 50 iconic James Bond vehicles – the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world – opens on January 17, 2012 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

50 Years of James Bond Movies

2012 celebrates 50 years of James Bond movies and Bond in Motion features a range of vehicles that have appeared in James Bond films over the years including cars, boats, motorbikes, sleds and jets. This exhibition will run for the whole of 2012.

Some of the Bond movie vehicles on show include:

  • the 400hp Jaguar XKR Roadster driven by Zao in Die Another Day
  • the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in Quantum of Solace
  • Goldfinger’s 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce
  • the Lotus Esprit S1 nicknamed ‘Wet Nellie’ from The Spy Who Loved Me
  • the Bede Acrostar jet flown in Octopussy
  • the BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies
  • the original Parahawk (powered parachute) featured in The World is Not Enough, and
  • the original SFX Cello Case Ski navigated by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights.

National Motor Museum

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There’s more to see and do at The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu than just James Bond cars. The Museum has a collection of more than 250 vehicles and tells the story of motoring in Britain. The collection includes racing cars, modern rally cars and the latest F1 machines, as well as world land speed record breakers and family cars from every motoring era.  The Museum is also celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012.

Opening Times: Daily
10am – 5pm (Oct – May)
10am – 6pm (Jun – Sep)

Admission Fee: £17 adults, £15.75 concessions, £10.50 children 13–17, £9 5–12s, £46.50 family ticket.
The admission price covers entrance to the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear and James Bond Experience.

Where to Stay

For those who wish to make the most of their Beaulieu visit, there is a vast range of accommodation available within the New Forest National Park area and within the immediate surroundings of Beaulieu. The Master Builder’s House Hotel is just 10 minutes’ drive from Beaulieu Palace and The Montagu Arms is an outstanding country house with a Michelin Star restaurant in the New Forest National Park. For a 5-star experience, the Pilgrim Inn in Southampton is housed in two beautiful thatched buildings. It is about 7.6km north of Beaulieu. For the list of accommodation within the New Forest area, see HERE.

How to Get to the National Motor Museum

Beaulieu is situated in the south of England, in the New Forest area between Bournemouth and Southampton, with easy access from London and the Home Counties.

By Road – M27 exit junction 2, follow the brown and white tourist signs towards Beaulieu. The Sat nav postcode is SO42 7ZN, however follow brown signage when in vicinity.

By Rail – The nearest main line station is Brockenhurst. There is a taxi rank at the station, the cost of a journey to Beaulieu by taxi is approx £20. See National Rail Enquiries for fares and schedule.

By Bus – Wilts & Dorset buses have a route between Hythe and Lymington which drops visitors in the Beaulieu grounds.

By Ferry – Take the Hythe Ferry across Southampton Water to Hythe, then the 5 mile bus ride to Beaulieu. Alternatively take the Isle of Wight ferry to Lymington and take a bus to Beaulieu.


National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN
Tel: +44 1590 612345

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