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Love James Bond cars? Check out these museums!

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If you’ve got a hankering for Bond cars and want to see them in the metal, bookmark these unique museums and displays for your next trip

· Bond In Motion exhibition at London Film Museum

This one is for the completists and the fetishists. On loan from EON productions, who produce the movies, and the Ian Fleming Foundation, who have tracked down and restored many of the vehicles, this is the official and largest collection of original Bond vehicles. With automobiles from all 24 films, you can feast your eyes on the archetypical Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce Phantom III and the submersible Lotus Espirit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, along with iconic aircrafts, motorbikes and boats.

London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BN. Open all 7 days, tickets online (londonfilmmuseum.com) and at the venue.

· James Bond Exhibit at Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection

Real estate mogul Michael Dezer owns the largest private car collections in the world and one of his obsessions has been the James Bond legacy. On display are original automobiles from almost all the Bond movies, including tanks, planes, helicopters, submarines and boats, along with a vast collection of movie memorabilia. These include Goldfinger’s 1963 Aston Martin DB5, Quantum of Solace’s Alfa Romeo 159 and Casino Royale’s Land Rover.

Miami Auto Museum, 2000 NE 146th Street, North Miami, Florida. Open all 7 days, tickets online (dezercollection.com) and at the venue.

· Exquisitely Evil exhibit at International Spy Museum

When the exhibition promises a comprehensive look at ‘50 Years of Bond Villains’ in a real-life spy museum, you know you’re in for a treat. The centerpiece is a replica of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 and, in partnership with EON productions, airships, underground lairs, nuclear weapons and hungry sharks. You can also watch videos of intelligence professionals talking about their own ‘Bond moment’ and the movies’ connection with real world espionage operations.

International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Open all days, tickets online (spymuseum.org) and at the venue.

· Louwman Museum, The Hague

Mr Louwman was one of the largest car dealers in Netherlands and the museum is culled from his private collection, set in a prime example of modern Netherland architecture. Along with the Aston Martin DB5, which sometimes travels to exhibitions around the world, you can also have a dekko of the cars from The Godfather, Elvis Presley’s Cadillac, Winston Churchill’s and Indian Maharajas’ private vehicle, to the first steam-powered vehicles and modern race cars.

Louwman Museum, The Hague, Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594 BB, The Hague, Netherlands. Closed on Mondays, tickets online (louwmanmuseum.nl) and at the venue.

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