If you were to put up a museum to house the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles, chances are you’d put it up somewhere in England where the fictitious secret agent lived. If not London, there are plenty of metropolitan areas around the world that would step up to the plate. You know, cities like Paris, New York, Munich, Monte Carlo, or even Moscow.
But instead of those cities, the Museum of Bond Vehicles + Espionage will be built in Momence, Illinois. Excuse us if this caught us off guard a little bit, but apparently, that small town in the heart of rural Illinois where only about 3,000 folks live will also be called the home of James Bond’s most prestigious custom vehicles.
Even if the site was given full blessing by the Ian Fleming Foundation, which if you didn’t know any better, you would have thought that these people would have thought of a more appropriate place to put such a fine collection of entertainment memorabilia. Of course, as it turns out, the location may not be all that absurd considering that the man who owns most of these vehicles, Doug Redenius, is not only the vice-president of the Ian Fleming Foundation, but also calls Momence, Illinois home.
Now that we’ve justified the location – somewhat, at least – let’s dive into what to expect from the museum. From what we’ve gathered, the site will rise from an old car dealership and the Bond-stamped vehicles scheduled to be displayed include the famous Lotus Espirit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as the now famous Aston Martin Volante that stole the show in The Living Daylights. More cars are scheduled to be displayed and we’ll keep you posted as soon as more information becomes available.