On Location: Little Nellie

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Turns out I have more fun film things to share from my trip! Technically this isn’t a film location, but I felt compelled to share this photo as it’s quite special to me. One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was visiting the Bond In Motion exhibit at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden. The exhibit is packed to the gills with cars and gadgets and other props from the Bond franchise, and myself and my partner were lucky enough to visit it before it opened one morning; no crowds, little to no staff, and no tourist traffic to negotiate in order to get a good view of the cars. It was so cool to have the props and cars all to ourselves (and a film crew who were shooting a short documentary), and I loved wandering around and looking at all the detail up close, and most importantly being able to take my time in doing so.

One particular mode of transportation from the Bond franchise that I’ve always loved has been the yellow gyrocopter, Little Nellie, from You Only Live Twice (1967). I love the charming scene where Little Nellie is constructed (clip here, unfortunately it’s in Portuguese or something similar). I love how such a small and deceptively weak object can cause so much damage to Bond’s enemies. So I knew I had to capture Little Nellie in the picture above. Normally in the exhibit they have footage of the films playing behind the cars and props, and unfortunately these weren’t switched on whilst we were there, but it was so great to see everything in real life. Also unfortunately, I didn’t take many other photos aside from my partner standing in front of all the cars looking like a cat with two tails, but I’m happy I got a photo of Little Nellie, as the scene where the gyrocopter is constructed in You Only Live Twice is one of my favourite of the film’s mini-moments for sure.

Photo shot on iPhone 6.

10 comments

  1. I’m so glad you were able to go and had a fun time. I’m guessing you recognised all of them. I remember being curious how they’d got all of them in the museum.

    1. Absolutely loved it. I wondered how the cars got in as well! I think there’s a secret garage entrance out the back somewhere!

  2. Gosh, you really got around! Thanks for bringing it all back for us.

    1. More than happy to! 😀

  3. I went to this last year. It was a cool exhibition, seeing all those legendary cars and other vehicles there. 🙂

    1. I loved it! I really loved the little props too, like the passports from Casino Royale.

  4. I really enjoyed the exhibit too. It’s a shame they didn’t have a short film clips playing, but hey, at least you got to have a look around unobstructed by crowds! 🙂

    1. I felt really lucky! I did get to see just the one car with film clip behind it at the very end as we were leaving and tourists were entering the museum – the car from The Man with the Golden Gun doing the loop over the river with the funny sound effect. Classic Roger Moore, love it.

  5. Victor De Leon · · Reply

    That is too awesome! Thanks for sharing the pic. Very cool. LOVE Little Nellie 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed! It was so great to see it in real life!

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