To celebrate its starring role in the 1985 film A View to a Kill, Amberley Museum is holding a James Bond Weekend on the 28-29 March. With a re-enactment of the famous scenes featuring Roger Moore and Stacey Sutton outside Main Strike Mine, appearances by stuntman and actor Derek Lyons, Aston Martins, a children’s code-breaking trail, films and music, there will be something for everyone, but especially anyone with an interest in Bond movies. The event will co-incidentally precede the release at the beginning of April of the 25th Bond film No Time to Die.
The scenes leading to the blowing up of May Day, played by Grace Jones, were filmed at the entrance of a quarry tunnel near Brockham Station at the Museum, which appeared as Main Strike Mine in the film. The original Zorin Industries locomotive and trucks that featured in A View to a Kill will be running in and out of the mine entrance over the weekend in a humorous re-enactment of the scenes filmed at the Museum.
Permission has been granted for A View to a Kill to be shown as well as archive footage of the filming at Amberley and a BBC interview with Roger Moore on the Amberley set in 1985. New James Bond story boards will be erected near the ‘Mine’ entrance featuring images taken by local people who happened to see the filming take place. These will be unveiled by Ian Dean, the first Director of Amberley Museum, who was present at the filming.
Derek Lyons, who was a stuntman and actor in several Bond films, including A View to a Kill, will be reminiscing about his experiences and signing photographs and Bond experts from the 007 magazine will also be hosting Q and A sessions. The Aston Martin Owners Club have put out a call to their members to bring along their cars for the weekend and a cavalcade around the Museum site will take place at 2pm each day.
It is hoped that visitors will come dressed as Bond or co-stars and win spot prizes for best dressed – with younger aspiring spies or actors taking part. Youngsters will also be entertained by a new Codebreaker Trail.
Two musical acts will perform Bond themes over the weekend – ‘Vintage Candy’, a Sussex based duo, will entertain visitors on Saturday and ‘Sarah Sussex Violinist’ will be coming along on Sunday to provide some exciting violin interpretations of Bond and other cinematic theme music. The Limeburners Café will be open all day until 5.30pm with cocktails on offer, a must for any event celebrating James Bond.
This event is included in normal admission prices. Gift-aided tickets are £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £8 for children aged 4-15 (under 4s free). Family tickets start at £31. The Museum will be open from 10am on both days.