He’s more often seen behind the wheel of a gadget-stocked sports coupe, but James Bond is no stranger to the world of watercraft.
Over the course of 23 movies, Agent 007 has had his fair share of adventure on, below and sometimes even soaring above the water.
Live And Let Die
In his debut as James Bond, Roger Moore hops aboard this sleek Glastron GT150 speedboat for an unforgettable chase through the Louisiana marshes.
Of course, this was no stock standard GT150. To keep everything balanced during the record-breaking 120 foot (36.5 metre) jump, the seat and steering wheel were moved from the right side of the boat to the centre, on the advice of a local university which enlisted its mathematics department to run the calculations necessary for a successful jump.
The stunt team made over 100 test jumps before the cameras began rolling, and the very first jump to be captured on film was declared to be “the money shot”.
The Spy Who Loved Me
Bond swapped the classic Aston Martin and its ejector seat for a low-slung Lotus Esprit in the hugely popular The Spy Who Loved Me.
It was a marketing coup for Lotus, which deliberately parked a pre-production model outside the London offices of Bond producer Cubby Broccoli in order to snare his attention.
The ploy worked, and Bond found himself in a racy Esprit which during a pivotal chase scene was driven off a pier in Sardinia and transformed into a submarine.
Lotus provided two road cars and six body shells, one of which was sealed to be used in the underwater scenes.
A scuba-wearing driver hidden inside the car operated four battery-powered motors that allowed a maximum speed of ten knots.
From arguably one of the worst Bond movies comes the ‘Bondola’ – a Venetian gondola which becomes a hovercraft (!) so that 007 can make his escape across St Marks’ Square.
Let’s just try to forget this one ever happened and move right along, shall we..?
Tomorrow Never Dies
The menacing Sea Shadow ‘stealth ship’ belongs to villain Elliot Carver rather than Bond himself.
But what most movie-goers don’t know is that it’s based on an actual radar-proof design created by Lockheed for the United States Navy to examine the application of stealth technology on naval vessels.
The World Is Not Enough
Dubbed the Q-Boat, this was a retirement project of the 00 Section’s gadgetmaster – and one which Bond borrows for a high-powered chase down the Thames.
Fifteen models of the Q Boat were constructed, four of which were fully functional – with one packing an air cannon enabling it to be fired up a ramp for the final scene where the boat leaves the water and Bond emerges, of course immaculately clad in his suit, jacket and tie.
Daniel Craig and Eva Green set sail from Montenegro to Venice in style on the Spirit 54, built by British shipwrights Spirit Yachts.
The luxury 54 foot wooden yacht was the first sailing yacht to go up the Grand Canal in Venice for 300 years.
The 56 metre Pruva Regina ‘superyacht’ – renamed as the Chimera for Skyfall – boasts six staterooms including a VIP cabin with its own dressing room and satellite TV system.
Want to live the Bond lifestyle? The Pruva Regina is available for private charter for around €90,000 (A$192,000) per week.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the Pruva Regina on the official Regina website.