1. For one 007 collector, his word is his Bond

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-08-30

    A James Bond collection of more than 5,000 items is currently on display at the Walsall Museum located in Walsall, UK.

    As the Walsall Advertiser reports, this astonishing collection of 007 memorabilia belongs to 56-year-old Robin Harbour, who has spent the last four decades of his life building it up.

    Mr. Harbour has loaned his collection to the museum for their Changing Face of Walsall gallery, which runs from Friday, 28 August until Saturday, 17 October.

    Beginning with the purchase of a Corgi Aston Martin DB5, Mr. Harbour’s collection now includes books, vintage models, records, magazines, posters and autographs. Explaining what sparked his interest, he describes one particular experience: ‘In 1964 I couldn’t help but notice the release of the film Goldfinger. I persuaded my father to take me and a friend to see it and I was hooked.’

    He has furthermore met many of the actors and actresses that have starred in the Bond films and assisted with many 007-themed events, such as the recent opening of the James Bond Museum in Keswick.

    ‘I’ve had dinner twice with George Lazenby and had the pleasure of meeting many of the Bond girls including Shirley Eaton and Tanya Roberts,’ he says.

    Jennifer Thomson, community history curator at the Museum said: ‘We are delighted to put on display some of the items in Robin’s collection.’

    Those wishing to attend will be able to visit the museum from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Tuesdays through Fridays and 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays. For further details on attending, visit the official Walsall Museum website.

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