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007 in Keswick - James Bond Museum

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The Bond Museum is due to open shortly, and is packed with exciting exhibits from the popular film franchise...

An exciting new museum will open in the Lake  District on April 5, 2009. The Bond Museum is the brainchild of Peter Nelson who has been collecting James Bond items for 20 years and now has the biggest private collection in the World. The museum will feature several Aston Martin and Lotus cars used in the Bond films along side many other vehicles including the actual Russian T55 main battle tank used in the film Goldeneye, as well as boats , planes and even a Bell Jetranger helicopter. The April 5 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Albert R (Cubby) Broccoli. As a tribute to the Bond producer Nelson will unveil a bust on that date at the museum. Nelson has also collected many of the props from the films, several being donated by many of the actors and crew. One of the iconic items on display will be the original Colibri Golden Gun plus many Q gadgets. However, it is the vehicles, many of which have never been seen by the public which will form the centerpiece of the museum. Nelson also owns the now famous Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in the town, but because the current museum is too small to house his large collection of Bond vehicles it had to have a new purpose built site close by. 'This will be a museum dedicated to the fans of 007' said Nelson, who was a school boy when he first read the books of Ian Fleming and later became a fan himself of the films. 'Like many others I have grown up with James Bond and its fantastic that the franchise continues in the very capable hands of the Fleming family, Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson and family.' But Nelson has had his problems building such a major attraction, namely the sheer cost of the project. When he required a further extension to his overdraft he sent a very ‘tongue in cheek’ fax to his bank manager stating that failure to comply with his request would result in demolition of the bank with his tank. When the fax was intercepted by one of the junior staff in the absence of the manager he thought it a serious threat and nearly called the police! However the manager eventually granted the payment without recourse to Nelson’s threat. The museum will be open from April 5, 2009, 10am to 5pm.

For more information, nearer the time of opening, please visit, www.thebondmuseum.com

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