Advantages Interesting if you like James Bond
Disadvantages If you don't like Bond its not for you
|Is it worth visiting?|
I visited the museum in June this year whilst having a short break in the Lakes with my other half.
Unfortunately it rained most of the time (but hey I expect that now when I visit the Lakes!) so on one rainy day we drove up from Windermere to visit the Bond Museum in Keswick.
I thought it would be a bit boring to be honest, but couldn’t come up with another plan so my other half won.I can however report that I was pleasantly surprised and, shock horror, actually enjoyed the experience!
The James Bond Museum is a relatively new attraction in Keswick, opening in April 2009.The collection at the museum has been put together by James Bond fanatic, Peter Nelson.
There are over 28 cars in Peter’s collection, which he has accumulated over a period of 20 years.Bit of trivia….Peter used to be a dentist!
As you walk around the museum the sound tracks to various Bond films are played in the background, which I must admit does add to the whole experience and its kinda exciting!My favourite car on display was the Aston Martin Vanquish V12, which appeared in Die Another Day. It’s smaller than it looks on film and I think I could park it with no problems….. maybe they’d swap it for my little fiesta! A girl can dream!
The Aston Martin Vanquish V12 that is on display at the museum is, what they call in the trade, the ‘star car’ meaning its the actual car that Pierce Brosnan is seen to be driving in the film and not the ‘stunt car’ (which gets battered by the stunt man!).There’s a shop where you can pick up James Bond merchandise – some items reasonably prices, others more in the collectors field, but worth a look nonetheless.
There’s also a ‘Bond Cinema’ at the end of the museum tour where you can sit and watch the history of bond, stunts, special effects etc which is very good and this lasts approx 20 mins.
The staff were friendly and informative, which is always a plus when you visit these places.Well worth popping in if you are ever up in the Lakes (and not just because its raining!).
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