James Bond at Sea

James Bond will always be a classic. His collection of cars, gadgets, boats, guns, and women are to be desired by all men.

Originally created by Ian Fleming in 1953, he was featured in 12 novels and two short story collections. Turned in to a movie series, James Bond movies are one of the longest running and highest grossing film series. Quite possibly because there have been six James Bond characters.

But we’re here to talk about the boats in the James Bond Films. And according to Onboard Online, the first one we’ll discuss is the Disco Volante. In the film, it splits in two to create a power boat, hiding a few small subs in the hull with an underwater loading hatch. The tops speed was 40 knots. This was in the movie “Thunderball”, premiering in 1965.

The next 007 toy is the Glastron GT-150. In the famous “Live and Let Die” it was one of the fastest on the river with a top speed of 60 knots, having mid-air acrobatic abilities and the capability to “landplane”. It was ultimately blown up in a fuel tanker.

Next is the Lotus Esprit Sub, named Wet Nellie. In the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” this boat/car was capable of turning in to a submarine, launching anti-aircraft missiles and torpedos. It had a top speed on land of 135 mph and an underwater speed of 20 knots.

There’s more to be seen. Look in the infographic below.