This Dezer Collection is the largest collection of James Bond memorabilia in the world and about a 40 minute drive from South Beach where we stayed.
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The website and WIKI says that this museum is closed and on the move.
So is the Dezer Collection open?
According to Matt Sherman on Facebook: “The Bond section is moving to Orlando! I will lead tours there after opening. Mr. Dezer and I talked about it–Orlando should be better attended than far north of Miami (Bal Harbour).”
However it was open for us, we paid $10 each.
Who owns the collection?
Now this Michael Dezer fella is an Israeli Born real estate developer.
Basically from what I’ve gathered he’s just built this collection over the years and couldn’t cram any more DB5’s in the garage so just bought some square footage and opened it to the public.
Inside you can also do trampolining, wall climbing, we didn’t do any of that but it looked like fun.
Apparently Mr Dezer Struts around the place at least once a week. I’ve tried emailing him for an interview on the From Tailors With Love podcast but we’ve heard nothing back.
The text here will not marry the pictures exactly
Goldfinger’s plane is in here. Painted different on both sides, for alternate scenes in the movie. When you walk in you’ll walk counter clock wise and work your way through the movies chronologically.
Matt Spaiser referred to its layout like a kid would lay out his toys.
A great analogy.
Talking of toys lets have a look inside here.
The James Bond toys
You see the astro plane from Octopussy in here.
There’s another one in the Back Factory in Berlin by Check point charlie. Not sure where the real one is.
Moving along to the Goldeneye fruit machine, would be nice to see it plugged in. I’d easily bung a couple of quarters in.
The clothes in the James Bond Museum
In the YouTube video at the top of the blog you’ll see the leather bomber jacket from A View to a Kill, no doubt that will have some of Rogers musk on it.
Odd Job’s black derby hat is here, but that’s a replica. Who wrote Odd Job’s favourite Bond theme? AH-HA. My Brother tells that gag better than I.
There’s apparently two out there. I know that Harold Sakata gave the hat to his son Jon Sakata, The other hat was sold at Christie’s in 1998 for $120,000.
The cars inside the Dezer Collection
The Toyota 2000GT from You Only Live Twice is in there.
One of my favourites is the Aston Martin DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (Captured in the video). I love this car, the shark nose. The long grill. Has some real menace to it this car.
The Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me is also there.
The Mustang Mach 3 from Diamonds Are Forever is in there. Of course famous for one of the biggest continuity errors, going in a pedestrian alley on two wheels in one scene, leaving the alley on the opposing two wheels.
This was down to a few factors. One being the first was shot in the studio, the second was shot in Vegas.
They had originally got the shot on the correct wheels, but there were people in the background watching it being filmed so they had to re-film it.
When they did, they screwed it up. They tried to fix the edit but it makes no sense.
Also in the collection
The 1970 Triumph Stag from Diamonds. The original AMC Matador from The Man with the Golden Gun.
The AMC Hornet. The cork-screwing car jump this was first demonstrated in the American Thrill Show in Houston, in 1972.
Cubby Broccoli then took out copyrights and patents on the stunt in order to prevent it being used before they could integrate to a James Bond film.
Citreon 2CV not that low.
The Lindy Hemming Cocktail dress and suit
Below you’ll see a denim cocktail dress and jacket designed by Lindy Hemming, worn by a waitress and waiter in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. Printed with Tomorrow newspaper clippings.
The dress is strapless, the bodice with lace up corset, the skirt composed of pleated panels joined in the front with additional pleated panels at the hips.
The underskirts of white tulle, the jacket with semi peak lapels, long sleeves and single button fasten at the front.
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