Ian Fleming Foundation acquires Licence to Kill aircraft

The Ian Fleming Foundation which, among other things, seeks to preserve and display vehicles that appeared in James Bond movies, has acquired a single-engine aircraft used by villain Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) in 1989’s Licence to Kill.

In the film, it appears that Bond (Timothy Dalton) hooks a cable aroound the Cessna plane and a U.S. helicopter hauls it in. In real life, multiple Cessna planes were used. The foundation has acquired the plane shown after the U.S. helicopter takes control.

You can see the plane in its prime in this clip near the end of a 1:30 clip on YouTube that you can view by CLICKING HERE. The clip was uploaded so it doesn’t permit embedding. But we’re leaving an image from it below because it makes this post look better.

The Architectural Record talks about the IFF “Bond Vehicles” museum

Although it’s not exactly breaking news at this point, the Architectural Record website has got a nice little article, posted today, about the Ian Fleming Foundation’s planned “Bond Vehicles” museum.

Tudor Van Hampton’s piece, Gensler Tapped for James Bond Museum, is a brief précis on the genesis of the museum, and the famed architectural firm’s involvement in the project. It also carries a very interesting slideshow featuring CGI mockups and architectural drawings of the facility.

(Sadly, the slideshow does not feature this picture of HMSS Managing Editor Tom Zielinski taking the Live and Let Die speedboat for an imaginary spin.)

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Of course, we here at HMSS wish the IFF in general — and our good pal (and sometimes contributor) Doug Redenius in particular — all the luck in the world with this ambitious project. Today, Momence; tomorrow… who knows?

You can read all about it RIGHT HERE.

WMAQ in Chicago profiles Ian Fleming Foundation’s Doug Redenius

WMAQ, NBC’s affiiliate in Chicago, has profiled Doug Redenius, vice president of the Ian Fleming Foundation, who supervises that group’s efforts to collect vehicles that appeared in James Bond movies.

To see the story, CLICK RIGHT HERE. The WMAQ story occurred after The Wall Street Journal ran a similar feature in August.

WSJ profiles Ian Fleming Foundation’s Doug Redenius

The Wall Street Journal, in its Personal Journal section, ran a profile of Doug Redenius, the Ian Fleming Foundation vice president who supervises that group’s efforts to acquire and revamp vehicles that have appeared in James Bond movies.

The story by Mark Yost has this passage:

The 54-year old has been a postal worker for more than 30 years and married to the same woman for almost as long. But through luck and determination this humble, middle-class Bond enthusiast from Illinois, who has been a fan of the films and of Agent 007 since the age of 8, has managed to amass the largest collection of James Bond cars in the world. You could call him Q’s archivist.

Unfortunately, for much of the year, this impressive 33-item collection is sitting in a barn in a cornfield here, about 10 miles from St. Ann, Ill., where Mr. Redenius grew up. But he is hoping to change that. He has partnered with the city of Momence, one of many dying river towns in the Midwest. Together, Mr. Redenius and Momence are hoping to raise enough money to build the Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage. At the bare minimum, they’ll renovate an abandoned used-car dealership, hoping to draw about 20,000 visitors a year. If they can find a rich benefactor, they’d like to build a $1.5 million, 14,000-square-foot exhibit space, designed by the hip Chicago architecture firm Gensler.

You can read all of Yost’s story BY CLICKING HERE. That link also includes a slideshow of some of the vehicles stored at Momence, Illinois. If you’re looking for a copy of the print edition, the story is in the D section (page D5 of the edition we saw).

Also, from the HMSS archives, you read about Redenius’ personal collection (which is separate from the foundation vehicles) BY CLICKING HERE.

For sale: some pricey 007 props

At the Heritage Auction Galleries Web site, there are some James Bond props up for sale by the Ian Fleming Foundation for the serious 007 collector:

For example, there’s:

–A temperature gauge from the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 with an opening bid of $600.

— A prop cell phone from Tomorrow Never Dies with an opening bid of $400.

— A propeller from one of the Parahawks in The World Is Not Enough, with a minimum bid of $350.

You can find some additional items by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

There’s about another 26 days of Internet bidding and a live auction on Nov. 7, according to the Web sites.

Chicago Tribune slideshow on James Bond cars

The Nov. 9 Chicago Tribune includes photos of cars (and other transportation) featured in James Bond movies. They’ve been restored and maintained by the Ian Fleming Foundation under one of its vice presidents, Doug Redenius.

Thanks to the Internets, you don’t have to go to Chicago to see them. Just click click HERE.

And you can read about Doug’s 007 collection in the current issue of HMSS by clicking HERE.