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Some of James Bond’s Coolest Cars Are Coming to DC

The Spy Museum will exhibit 17 Bond-movie vehicles—including Blofeld's mini-sub—beginning in March.

The 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish from "Die Another Day." Photographs by Petersen Automobile Museum, courtesy EON Productions and the International Spy Museum.

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish with “adaptive camouflage” and the Jaguar XKR with a small arsenal inside that chased James Bond over ice in Die Another Day. The Aston DBS that got a little banged up in Quantum of Solace. Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s ill-fated mini-sub from Diamonds Are Forever. They’ll all join 13 other vehicles from Bond films at the International Spy Museum on March 1, when a new exhibit called “Bond in Motion” will open.

The 2002 Jaguar XKR from “Die Another Day.” Too bad a chandelier-repelling umbrella wasn’t an available option.

As a plus for area residents who may have visited the Spy Museum recently, you’ll be able to visit the Bond in Motion exhibit separately for $12, or $10 as an add-on to the museum’s regular admission. In addition to gawking at the Bond vehicles, you’ll be able to take a photo with the snowmobile from Die Another Day, watch clips from the films, and enjoy some interactive exhibits like this “shark tank” you should definitely not mess with.

It turns out that a crane isn’t always the best way to launch a small submarine.

The Spy Museum of course has the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger in its lobby; it will remain there to welcome visitors while its famous cousins allow Bond fans and gearheads to imagine themselves ejecting passengers or vexing bad guys using nothing fancier than a yellow 2CV.

That should buff right out. (Bond’s 2008 Aston Martin DBS from “Quantum of Solace.”)

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.