By Mike Torpey on 2017-10-24 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Girl power at Bond
BOND in Motion at the London Film Museum has installed a new display of original film cars driven by female characters starring alongside 007 in the James Bond franchise.
The exhibition has more than 100 individual items on display including the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye, the ‘Wet Nellie' Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger and the ‘Little Nellie' Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro from You Only Live Twice.
And movie cars added to the permanent exhibition include the Land Rover Defender Double Cab driven by Eve (Naomie Harris) in Skyfall, the Ford Ka driven by Camille (Olga Kurylenko) in Quantum of Solace and the Ford Thunderbird driven by Jinx (Halle Berry) in Die Another Day.
Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet) was the first Bond actress to drive a car in the film Goldfinger, and the Mustang she drove was a pre-production model acquired from Ford especially for the film.
An original production memo from January 1964 requesting driving lessons for Tania Mallet forms part of the new display.
The London Film Museum is at 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden and is open seven days a week.
Tickets are available at the box office daily.
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