James Bond fans will get a chance to see four of the magnificent boats used in the 007 films, thanks to the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.
Set for 1-5 June 2006 at the Auckland showgrounds in New Zealand, the ‘Boats of Bond’ exhibit will be showcasing the Tow Sled from Thunderball, the Bath-O-Sub from Diamonds Are Forever, the Neptune Submarine from For Your Eyes Only, and the Q-Boat from The World Is Not Enough.
Thunderball: Tow Sled (1965)
The underwater tow sled was used by James Bond and the villain Largo. There were 14 boats originally built for the production company. Today, there are only two known to exist. The original builder, Jordan Klein, owns the other remaining sled.
Diamonds Are Forever: Bath-O-Sub (1971)
The underwater bath-o-sub is one of two originally featured in the film and was used by 007’s nemesis, Blofeld, to escape from the oil-drilling platform that doubled as his headquarters. It can be seen as Blofeld climbs inside and is lowered over the side of the oil platform.
For Your Eyes Only: Neptune Submarine (1981)
This Neptune submarine is one of two originally built by the film’s production company. This is the actual working wet submersible that was seen throughout most of the film. It had to be operated by stunt men using scuba gear.
The World Is Not Enough: Q Boat (1999)
Major Boothroyd’s famous Q boat. Fifteen boats were originally built for the production. Today only 8 survive. The Q Boat that performed the barrel roll stunt seen on the screen will be on display.
The show is open from 10AM – 8PM on Thursday and Friday, and 10AM – 6PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Ticket prices are: $16 for adults and $6 for those 14 years old and under. Children under five are free. Full details here.
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