The Petersen Automotive Museum was already a must-see for any car enthusiast visiting Los Angeles, and it’s about to get a little better should you also be a James Bond fan. Opening Sept. 25 in the museum’s appropriately named Grand Salon gallery will be the “Bond in Motion” exhibit of more than 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale models used during the creation of the 24 official James Bond films. The timing corresponds with the Oct. 8 release of “No Time to Die,” the upcoming 60th anniversary of the first Bond movie … and hey, the release of our “All 24 James Bond movies ranked only by their cars.”
Highlights include many of the most famous Bond cars, including a 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 in submarine guise from “The Spy Who Loved Me,” an Aston Martin V8 from “The Living Daylights,” a 1999 BMW Z8 from “The World is Not Enough,” the Aston Martin DB10 specially made for “Spectre,” the post-flipped Aston Martin DBS from “Casino Royale,” and one of the 1964 Aston Martin DB5s from the recent movies.
I visited an exhibit of the same name back in 2013 at England’s sensational Beaulieu Motor Museum. It probably won’t be as comprehensive as that, simply due to logistics, but it really was something. You can see some of the photos from that exhibit below, and should you be a James Bond fan, can appreciate that it went much further than the Aston-heavy headliners above. In fact, it was hard to see what was missing from the collection.
Tickets are on sale for the opening reception Sept. 23 featuring “one-night-only photo opportunities, live entertainment, food and martinis, shaken not stirred.” Considering this is Los Angeles we’re talking about, it’s perfectly plausible this means noteworthy cast members from past films. Prices are $60 for general admission and $199 for VIP access, which includes exclusive access to the exhibit, “007 lounge” and a curated talk, plus complimentary food and a hosted bar. You can also pre-purchase tickets to see the exhibit without the fanfare during its run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22. They go for $16.