Collection of James Bond vehicles, props and toys goes on display in Wolfsburg – the city which is itself famous for being the home of the legendary Volkswagen.
Some fans collect posters and photos, others focus on autographs or even original props from the set of a James Bond film. But then there is a circle of collectors that quite literally has a weakness for style as well as speed – the car collectors. Featuring eleven vehicles on loan from private collectors, the exhibition ‘WOB-007’ at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum presents audiences with a 360° viewing experience of some quite iconic beauties.
It had taken the museum half a year to piece together the entire exhibition, putting the finishing touches on it minutes before the official opening on 10 October 2017. An undertaking of huge proportions, as some of the vehicles naturally require a great deal of care and attention during shipping. The museums greatest ally was Bondexpert and journalist Dr. Siegfried Tesche who has devoted much of his life to researching the James Bond phenomenon.
The exhibition was formally opened by museum chairman Eberhard Kittler on 10 October with representatives of the local press being given an extensive tour beforehand. Mr. Kittler expressly thanked the private owners who had kindly loaned their precious cars to the exhibition which will run until 04 March 2018.
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The vehicles on display include a 4.5 litre Bentley Convertible, a Sunbeam Alpine as seen in ‘DR. NO’, a Citroen 2CV as seen in ‘FOR YOUR EYES ONLY’, the Audi Quattro from ‘THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS’, the legendary Aston Martin DB5 from ‘GOLDFINGER’, the Lotus Esprit as seen in ‘THE SPY WHO LOVED ME’, the BMW 750iL as well as a TVR Insert Car used during the car chase in ‘TOMORROW NEVER DIES’, the Toyota Crown as seen in ‘YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE’, a 1960 Volkswagen Pick-up from ‘CASINO ROYALE ’67’ and the Yamaha XJ 650 Turbo motorbike driven by Bond in ‘NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN’.
Surrounding the cars are glass displays with various fascinating collectors items from 55 years of Bond history – from a screen-used gold bullion to original film scripts, costumes and even some vintage toys. According to collector Dr. Siegried Tesche, this represents that James Bond is not just a film icon but also a global brand.
Should you find yourself visiting Germany sometime in the next five months, be sure to stop by in Wolfsburg. The city is roughly 3 hours away from Berlin, 3,5 hours from Hamburg and just an hour from Hannover. The museum at Dieselstraße 35 is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm with an entrance fee of 6 Euros. You can find further information on the official homepage at automuseum.volkswagen.de/en.html.