James Bond brings people together.
Now, admittedly, I was not a huge fan of James Bond until my husband impressed upon me the importance of the franchise to him. And by impress, I mean have me watch several of the old films.
Daniel Craig cemented my love for Bond for me.
And now, to my surprise, I find that there will be a museum dedicated to Bond is the small town of Momence, Illinois. Momence is home to not only the Ian Fleming Foundation (a nonprofit that owns over 30 original vehicles from a variety of the films), but also to a sleepy population of just over 3,200. Momence is 50 miles south of Chicago.
The Museum of Bond Vehicles & Espionage, which is slated to have a 2012 opening date, is designed by Gensler and will hold the 32 vehicles and other artifacts in the 14,000 square foot building. The opening date, it is rumored, will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr. No.
I love Aston Martins, so I am a little upset that the only one in the lot is the Volante from The Living Daylights. But the full inventory (available HERE) is enough to warrant a full investigation.
Updates will be posted as they become available.