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.


Source: FastCoDesign

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  (434) posted on 02.23.2012

The people of Momence, Illinois was very lucky to have chosen as the home on the James Bond cars. If only Illinois was a few miles away, I surely pay a visit to that location.

  (320) posted on 07.18.2011

I guess my grandfather would be please to read this article. Illinois is not like the other state in US where the car show are popular. I’m just concerned with the location of the museum.

  (428) posted on 07.18.2011

Well, I bet the James Bond fan would like to visit the place! And I think it would be great to see the car that was being used on his movie.

  (402) posted on 06.1.2011

Fantastic! I kept on browsing several pages to check on movie cars. Who own this today? Hopefully, there’ll be a great car show of all cars used in action flicks.

  (702) posted on 03.17.2011

I loved to see Bond cars too! Edwin, yes, am a great fan of Bond so I love seeing his actual cars.

  (504) posted on 01.26.2011

I just do hope that the location wouldn’t be a big hassle to the fans that wanted to see the great collection

  (666) posted on 01.26.2011

yes, a very great collection! I’m not a James Bond fans but my dad does!Guess, he will do love this!

  (745) posted on 10.22.2010

Great collection, I love to see movie cars. Let’s admit those cars became hit once they were exposed in some flicks.

  (806) posted on 10.21.2010

yeah, me too. I’m not a fan..and i will not waste my time to go there.

  (648) posted on 10.21.2010

Well, Basically I’m not a fan of James Bond movie but let me ask my dad if he is..

  (460) posted on 10.18.2010


  (380) posted on 10.8.2010

Well, for all the James Bond fans their be happy.

  (159) posted on 09.29.2010

I’m a big fan of James Bond cars.

  (808) posted on 08.17.2010

Wow! All the Bond cars and vehicles in one place. Definitely would love seeing the DB5 up close, and hopefully, they can also include the jet pack.

  (515) posted on 08.9.2010

Well, that’s great. I bet those Bond fans out there can’t wait to see those collection even the location is kinda awkward.

  (534) posted on 07.27.2010

Why Oh why? Illinois? I think my eyebrow raised for that one. Do they expect the guest to come in that small town?

  (33) posted on 07.23.2010

Momence is a south suburb of Chicago.

  (939) posted on 07.23.2010

Will they put the submarine/car that mr. Bond use in one of his movies?.

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