Milton Keynes Council has agreed to lease an area of land in Newport Pagnell to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT), which will build an Aston Martin car museum on the site.
Aston Martin, a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, is associated with James Bond. The brand features heavily in No Time To Die, Daniel Craig‘s final outing as 007.
Robert Middleton, cabinet member for resources at Milton Keynes Council, said the project would “create a new nationally significant visitor attraction” in Newport Pagnell.
007 cars heading for Milton Keynes
He said: “This new museum will not only showcase the history of Aston Martin, a world-famous vehicle designed and created right here in MK, but it will also act as a centre of learning.”
The museum will showcase historic Aston Martin cars and memorabilia, including the motors used in the James Bond film franchise (via Milton Keynes Citizen).
“As so many people associate Aston Martin with the James Bond films, the AMHT intends to work closely with Eon Productions: the producer of the Bond films,” said an AMHT spokesperson in documents to the council.
“A gallery featuring Aston Martin cars in films and TV shows will be a permanent part of the museum to help maximise visitor engagement,” the spokesperson added.
Aston Martin Heritage Trust museum
Newport Pagnell is the home of Aston Martin, although the trust already has a museum in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Planning consent for the new museum is yet to be granted.
“The intention is the museum will be a world class museum similar in size and reputation to other prestige car marques such as Porsche, Ferrari and Mercedes Benz,” said council documents.
“The iconic world-renowned Aston Martin brand will offer cultural benefits by providing a place where visitors to the museum can explore and be inspired by the brand’s link with the popular James Bond character.”