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Bond in motion: the high-tech car with the flat tire


A quintessential aspect of Bond films are the stylish and high-tech vehicles used by the super spy and his opponents through the many films. An exhibit at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. offers fans the opportunity to view a collection of vehicles featured in some of the movies up close and maybe even ride on one. Featuring clips showing all 17 vehicles in action, the exhibit hopes to provide a recognizable and dynamic experience for visitors as part of the first special exhibit at the Spy Museum since its relocation to L’Enfant Plaza in 2019. The simplest way to get to the Spy Museum is via metro using the L’Enfant Plaza metro stop which connects to the yellow, green, blue, orange, and silver metro lines. 

The exhibit runs through the end of April 2025 and features two pricing options; stand-alone tickets for just the exhibit start at $12 and for a combined general admission ticket to the museum exhibits starts at $40. 

I found it a nice and memorable experience for me, as an avid James Bond fan. It allowed me to go at my own pace, and I had the opportunity to really take in all the vehicles I looked at like the Glastron GT-150, used in a record setting boat chase scene in Live and Let Die, or the BMW 750iL, used in Tomorrow Never Dies.  I will admit, however, that the price did seem high for the standalone exhibit. If you like watching Bond films, this exhibit is definitely for you, but visitors who aren’t as familiar with the film franchise might not be as interested in the exhibit. I would give it a solid 3.5 of 5 stars. It was fun and somewhat memorable, but it felt limited for how much the tickets cost. 

A good comparison for this exhibit would be art galleries. This past summer, I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. While going through the exhibits, I was able to walk around and examine different works of art from various viewpoints. This Bond exhibit conveys a similar style in allowing visitors the ability to view and appreciate the vehicles from a variety of angles.

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