to stay for the weekend, largely so we could go to the Bond in Motion
exhibition in Covent Garden.
Cars are perhaps the second most iconic, and most often parodied, aspect of the Bond films, just behind the opening sequence and ahead of the girls, so it makes perfect sense to theme an exhibition around them. (Bond in Motion was previously homed in the motor museum at Beaulieu, and I saw it there too, but obviously I wasn't going to object to seeing it again.)
Each vehicle was showcased alongside a touchscreen displaying its stats and a screen displaying its finer film moments. There was music, there were lights (including a water effect flowing over the amphibious Lotus), and there were other props from the series, my favourite being the cello case from The Living Daylights
Exit was, of course, through the gift shop. Loved, but resisted: this poster
reproducing the complete text of Casino Royale
. There was also a photo station where you could don a dickey and DJ to have your image pasted into a gun barrel. ( Top secret photos captured by cufflink cameraCollapse )
As well as the exhibition, I was able to show Wardy some of the delights of my new 'hood, including dinner at the Yak & Yeti
, whose name always makes me think of Tintin In Tibet
, and breakfast at Antenna's
, SE19's own retro diner which I'd been longing to visit since first spotting it.