Dad. Father’s Day. James Bond?

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Fathers are being celebrated this year in some parts of the world on Sunday June 19. It’s a day to put fathers on a pedestal and show appreciation for all they do. This 107-year old holiday originated in the United States by a lady named Sonora Smart Dodd. Sonora was sitting in a Mother’s Day sermon at her church in early May thinking her dad needed to be celebrated too. Since that day in 1909, all papas, granddads, appreciated men, and single Mums playing both roles, are showered with new ties, share silly jokes, and of course, fire up the barbecue for the season.

Father’s day is a celebration that the world embraces at various times of year. While North America crowns dads this Sunday, countries such as Australia and New Zealand honour fathers at the beginning of September.

When in London this past March, my husband and I visited Bond in Motion – the largest display of Original James Bond vehicles and artifacts in the world. For a limited time, these film props and vehicles would be on display to touch, photograph, simulate and enjoy.  While I was there, I kept thinking how much my father and other dads would enjoy seeing this extravaganza.

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The exhibit features vehicles from most of the films, plus an exclusive showcase from the most recent blockbuster “Spectre.” Each display includes footage from the film, and in some cases, wax figures of the corresponding actors. There are informative plaques providing details about every piece, and the convenience of Free WIFI allows for quick check-ins on Facebook and quintessential Instagram posts to make your friends jealous.

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Fathers will enjoy this day out as the admission is reasonable, the exhibit is child-friendly, and is conveniently located in the heart of London at Covent Garden.  Adult admission is £15.00 and £10.00 for concession. You can buy tickets online or at the door. Be sure if you are commuting on theUnderground Tube to check the schedule as quite often Covent Garden station is bypassed. If it is closed, get off at Leicester Square, a 5-minute walk away.

 The Gift shop at the exhibit can serve as a go-to haven for Dads and a perfect solution to finding that unique gift. Everything from shirts, key-chains, limited edition prints, complete DVD sets, and much more is available.

Currently, the exhibit will be running until the end of 2016, but this is subject to change. If you wish to experience this special event, you have at this time until December 31st.

james bond airplaneJames Bond movies were first introduced with the release of Dr No in 1962, starring Sean Connery. Since then, most of Ian Fleming’s works have been adapted for film with various actors playing the leading roles. This exhibit brings all the 007 films, actors, scenes, and trivia together; six decades of film history.

Once you have concluded your visit, why not treat Dad to a martini- shaken, not stirred, at DUKES Pub in London- the venue believed to be where Ian Fleming penned the 007 stories. How thrilling to be sitting in the same pub, and possibly the same table, where the ideas were born.

DUKE’s pub is located near Green Park Station on the Underground train line. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment in getting a table. DUKE’s also adopts a strict dress code of smart causal style. They will not permit patrons into the pub wearing leisurewear.

I wish fathers all over the world a wonderful day. I hope if you are in the London area, you will consider this limited time exhibition as it will please any James Bond fan from the past six generations.

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