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Friday, March 8, 2013

Bond at Beaulieu: Part Two

1977 Spirit Marine wetbike
by Kate Tompkins

Here are a couple more vehicles from the Bond in Motion exhibit at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, plus one of the Top Gear challenge cars. The first vehicle isn’t a car, but a Spirit Marine wetbike from the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me, starring my favourite Bond, Roger Moore. Wetbikes weren’t commercially available until 1978, but trust Bond to have the latest gadgets.

1977 Lotus Esprit submarine
by Kate Tompkins
And speaking of the latest gadgets, here’s another vehicle from the same film, the 1977 Lotus Esprit that converts into a submarine. Among other things, Q had installed torpedoes, a mine launcher, and surface to air missiles. You can find lots more pictures of the car on this page at the Internet Movie Cars Database. Seems it was right behind the Aston Martin DB5 in popularity.

Top Gear Lotus Excel submarine
by Kate Tompkins
There was another Lotus submarine car in the Top Gear exhibit also on at Beaulieu while I was there. Host Richard Hammond used a Lotus Excel rather than an Esprit to save money. And it actually worked. I had a link to a video but it's unfortunately disappeared.


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