A grand opening has been announced for the James Bond Museum planned in Keswick, UK: Sunday, 5 April.
The Times & Star reports that Peter Nelson, who also currently oversees the town’s Cars of the Stars exhibition, has assembled more than 25 vehicles from the 007 film series for this new exhibit.
Included are submarines, cars, motorbikes and speedboats that appeared in films such as Diamonds Are Forever and Die Another Day. Other non-vehicle items from the Bond films on display will include Francisco Scaramanga’s weapon of choice from The Man with the Golden Gun.
Says Nelson: ‘I’ve been collecting Bond pieces and Bond props quietly over the past 20 years. I have lots of things that have never been displayed before.’
‘We collected them for the Cars of the Stars and Bond is a big part of the celebrity vehicles; there are 22 films so there is a lot to go at. I got to the point of wondering if I should sell it for fans of Bond to be able to see everything.’
The museum, which has been in development since last year, has attracted a great deal of interest from James Bond fans around the world. ‘People have already said they would fly over from America and Australia to see the vehicles, because they are so shocked and excited that someone has been able to have so much,’ commented Nelson.
‘I can’t believe it myself when I walk round.’
Nelson will also unveil his sculpture of Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli at the event. The 5 April opening marks the centenary of longtime Bond film producer.
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