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Date & start time: Tuesday 21st July 2009.

Location of Start : The new Bond Museum, Keswick, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 ) followed by a walk down to Crummock Water.

Places visited : Keswick, Loweswater and Crummock Water.

Walk details : 2 mls, 200 ft, 1 hrs 5 mins.

High point : the Bond Museum.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Pouring with rain, easing eventually at the end of the afternoon to lovely sunshine.

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 Rain in Keswick - Sun in Loweswater

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It's been pouring with rain all day so this is an ideal time for Sam, Thomas and I to check out the new James Bond Museum in Keswick.

This is them the evening before the rain started !

. . . and that's Harry with the hammer !

After a late breakfast and then a late lunch we decided the rain wouldn't stop for a nice walk so I took the two boys over to Keswick.

We had spent the morning looking up to the sky, watching the rain . . .

. . . when we looked up in Keswick, there was an altogether different view !

Bond . . . James Bond . . . Secret Agent 007


The Bond Museum opened to the public in April this year

It has been created by Peter Nelson,

the owner and creator of Keswick's famous Cars of the Stars.

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I have been meaning to go along for a while

and this was just the sort of day

to go along and check it out.


An impressive start . . . the T55 Russian Battle tank from the film "Golden Eye"

the Little Nell Auto gyro and above, the Acrostar Bede Jet from "Octopussy".

The iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the film "Goldfinger" complete with all the gadgets !

[ All photos taken by me but courtesy of the Museum . . . See the rules at the end ! ]

The Glastron Speedboat from "Live and let Die"

This was the actual gold coloured boat used by Bond to drive through the wedding party.

Thomas eyeing up the situation (sorry about the focus)
Sam . . . in classic pose

The Zao Hovercraft that Bond used in "Die Another Day".

The Lotus Esprite S1 from the film "The Spy Who Loved Me".

In the film it drives off the jetty to escape it's pursuers and converts into a submarine car. The actual submarine version, the second car, was found in a Bahama scrap yard and was rescued by the museum owner, Peter Nelson.

Tom getting into the mood . . . having a close encounter with the fish.

High in the ceiling, one of the Parahawks from "The World is Not Enough".

Whilst skiing with Electra King in the mountains above Azerbaijan Bond was attacked by para gliders in armed snowmobiles.

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The museum has loads of other vehicles and exhibits

including a helicopter, motor cycles, a room of smaller items, guns,

weapons, Faberge Golden Egg, fake spiders and other film props

that were used to create the special effects

that made the Bond films so special.

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The pistol from "The Man with the Golden Gun"
We had a great visit and the boys, all three of us, enjoyed it a lot.

Make sure you find time to visit what must be the most comprehensive and authentic Bond Collection in the world.

The museum allows you, or I, to take photos of the exhibits for a very reasonable fee. This has allowed me to post them here on a non-profit making basis.

All these photos remain the copyright of the Bond Museum and should not be copied from here or used for any other publication or website without their specific permission. Please respect their request.

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In the evening the sun actually condescended to come out . . . so Sam, Thomas and I took the dogs for a walk down towards the lake.

Rannerdale Knotts beyond a broken tree, a casualty of the gales a few years back.

Whiteside and Gasgale Valley with the boathouse. Hopegill Head and Sand Hill form a slight ridge at the head of the valley.

Down at the Pump House.

[ Crummock does in fact supply drinking water for Workington and the west coast ]

Looking back at Mellbreak and the pointed Red Pike.

The boys have been asking to climb it since they arrived but the weather has been too bad to do it.

Skimming Stones

Grasmoor across the water . . . and chance to skim a few stones.

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Delicate purple Hare Bells
A not so delicate background . . . all of a sudden !

A steady stream of water flows over the fish ladder, cascading beautifully over each of the sections.

Further downstream a more conventional weir across the river.

He promised not to let go !
On the way back now and the evening sun has set.

A late breakfast, a late lunch . . . now time for a late dinner.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Cannon G7 Digital camera.

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