Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

A week ago, England's National Motor Museum brought out four Bond girls to open its "Bond In Motion" exhibition showing off vehicles from the movie franchise.

We put the girls and their Bond cars side by side to see how each has stood the test of time. Which aged better — the cars or the girls?

Photo Credit: Associated Press, MGM (inset)

(Hat Tip to: snapoversteer and McNewbie!)

Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

First up is Britt Ekland in 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun. Here she is in the trunk of a '74 AMC Matador Coupe, which gets converted into a plane.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

And here is Britt Ekland today, seen at the National Motor Museum exhibit perched on top of the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. The slightly less glamorous Matador Coupe is in its current state on her left.

Photo Credit: AP (Ekland), Wooly Matt (car)

Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

The next Bond girl who helped open the exhibit was Eunice Gayson, who played Bond's girlfriend in both the classics Dr. No and From Russia With Love. Here she is with the 1935 Bentley 3 ½ Liter from 1963's From Russia With Love.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

And here is Eunice, along with the Bentley, seen in 2003.

Photo Credit: ITV (Eunice), The James Bond Dossier (car)

Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And NowJenny Hanley, who was an evil assassin in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, is just up and to the right of Bond, whose Aston Martin DBS starred in the opening of the film.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

And here is Jenny today, as well as the Aston, which has undergone a full restoration.

Photo Credit: Mark Mawston and the London Film Museum (Jenny) and Madeline Smith was also present at the museum opening, having played the Bond girl in Live And Let Die. The star car of that film was certainly the fantastic Mini Moke, a sort of Mini offroader. These things are quite rare these days.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

Indeed, we could not dig up a picture of the Moke today. Many of the vehicles used in the Bond movies were not kept or cared for after filming. Madeline is on the BBC's Doctors, where we took this screenshot.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

Jill St. John played one of Sean Connery's love interests in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever. The Mustang Mach 1 from that film was at the museum opening, and here the two can be seen together on film.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

While the Mustang was present at the opening, Jill St. John was not. Here she is at a different opening a few years ago.

Photo Credit: AP (both images)

Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

The 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II was part of a chase scene in 1985's A View To A Kill, which featured Tanya Roberts as the Bond girl.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

The Rolls can be seen on display, though Tanya Roberts was not present at the opening. Here she is a few years back.

Photo Credit: Getty Images (Tanya), AP (car)

Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

The AMC Hornet used in the awesome flying rollover stunt in The Man With The Golden Gun was featured in the museum exhibit, though Bond girl Maud Adams was not there.

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Bond Girls And Bond Cars: Then And Now

That's alright, as Maud was at another Bond unveiling a few years ago. On the left you can see that the AMC Hornet was actually at the National Motor Museum opening.

Photo Credit: AP (both images)