The first room features a collage of photographs of all the various actors who have played James Bond. A glass case contains various fake passports, a wallet containing credit cards, a lighter, a flask and a few handguns. It was interesting seeing the guns up close since they were looked like cheesy plastic imitations.
A chronology of author Ian Fleming's life revealed some interesting tidbits. He based the names of some of his most infamous villains on school mates from Eton, such as Tom Blofeld or George Scaramanga. Fleming wanted a nondescript name for his hero and chose James Bond after the author of the book "Birds of the West Indies". Bond does not like drinking tea or Windsor knot ties, mirroring Fleming's own distastes. Fleming based the gambling scene from Casino Royale on a personal experience during the war. He was in a casino and decided to try to relieve some Germans of their money as a way to help out the war effort. Unfortunately he was wiped out instead, but the idea made it into the Casino Royale book where James Bond fared much better.
The room filled with replicas of Q's gadgets and weapons is quite fun. Included were the Omega Sea Master watch with built in laser, various briefcases that hide a sharp blade or plastic explosives shaped as toothpaste or an alarm clock, a pack of cigarettes that is a detonator for a bomb, and the Lotus car that turns into a submarine. In each case, a video clip is shown from the movie that the weapon is used in.
Costumes or artifacts from many of the villains were on display. There was a ceramic painted bust of Hervê Villechaize as NickNack from The Man With The Golden Gun, TeeHee's iron claw arm from Live And Let Die, the maid costume and hidden shoe blade of Rosa Klebb in To Russia With Love, the hooded robes of MayDay from A License To Kill, or the different stages of plastic surgery that Blofeld goes through in Diamonds Are Forever.
The final part of the exhibition highlighted the different foreign, exotic locations that the movies have been set in. James Bond has traveled around the world to places including Japan, San Monique, the Udaipur Jungle, Afghanistan, Saint Petersburgh, Cairo, Venice, and even to a space station in the movie Moonraker.