Just like the man himself, the London Film Museum’s Bond in Motion exhibition is a delectable double agent.
During opening hours, it’s been tantalising 007 fans and petrol-heads alike as the largest ever collection of cars, boats, motorbikes and flying machines to star in 23 James Bond movies. And after hours, it’s become the hottest ticket in town for anyone looking for a private venue hire that positively oozes British glitz and glamour.
It was love at first sight when I first stepped in. I knew straight away it would be perfect for an intimate VIP gathering we had been asked to arrange for some of Samsung’s most important global stakeholders, by its sponsorship agency brandrapport.
Just like Bond, it’s a venue that is effortlessly stylish, self-assured and sophisticated. Perfect for an evening of great company and fantastic food and wine.
When it came to dressing the room, I knew I wanted the most iconic vehicle of all to take centre stage – Bond’s classic Aston Martin DB5, a seriously classy thing of beauty.
Our professional team are used to working in prestigious venues, so were as unflappable as ever in their surroundings. But there was one member of our team who was quite simply in his element.
For a flair cocktail barman, there can’t be any better gig than serving up Vodka Martinis (you guessed it, shaken not stirred) among Bond’s most famous motors. And he loved every second of it.
Guests were able to get up close and personal with memorabilia from over 50 years of 007 films before elegant canapés were served.
With our long table impeccably dressed in crisp, white linen, we cranked up the glamour with dramatic tall vases of blood red roses and electric blue mood lighting.
Mark’s four course sumptuous menu was designed to sit perfectly in its surroundings – pan fried monkfish to start, a lychee sorbet palette cleanser, fillet steak with a cauliflower puree and asparagus – all rounded off with Amedei chocolate truffle bomb.
The evening was everything the perfect Bond should be: suave, sophisticated and simply unforgettable.
Which just leaves me to pose that all-important question: Who’s your favourite Bond? (Daniel Craig, you know where to find me).