1. Calling All Bond Fans: 007 In '07 At The Seattle Boat Show

    By Devin Zydel on 2007-01-17

    According to a press release, the 60th annual Seattle Boat Show will be featuring boats from the James Bond films:

    Calling All Bond Fans: 007 in ’07 at the Seattle Boat Show

    Calling all Bond fans! The 60th Annual Seattle Boat Show (, which takes place January 25-February 3 at Qwest Field Event Center and South Lake Union, is giving attendees the chance to see four authentic super spy vessels straight out of 007 films. The Show’s first-ever Boats of Bond Exhibit includes boats from Thunderball, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die and The World is Not Enough.

    Additionally, “Free Boating Supplies for Life” is but one of the prizes set to be given away during the Show. The Bond Trivia Contest is being offered by Boater’s World as part of the Boats of Bond display. The contest winner will receive $1,000 per year to spend at Boater’s World stores for the rest of his/her life, as long as they remain a current boat owner. The payout ends when it reaches $75,000.

    Sure to be another crowd pleaser is the giveaway of one of the most sought-after boat brands in the world today — Chris Craft. During the 10-day event, a 20-foot Chris Craft Speedster will be set in a pool of water on a Sunstream Floatlift and rotate 360-degrees above a compass rose set on the floor. The lucky showgoer who correctly guesses the boat’s final compass heading when the show closes on its final day will win the $44,000 Speedster from Sundance Yacht Sales — making it the most expensive boat ever given away at a boat show in America.

    About the Boats of Bond

    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.

    The World Is Not Enough: Q Boat (1999)
    Major Boothroyd’s famous Q boat. Fifteen boats were originally built for the production. Today only eight survive. The Q Boat that performed the barrel roll stunt seen on the screen will be on display.

    Live and Let Die: Villain’s Chase Boat (1973)
    In Roger Moore’s debut as 007, the action highlight is a boat chase and speedboat jump scene over the New Orleans bayou. Glastron built 26 boats for the sequence. Seventeen boats were destroyed in the 100+ practice jumps to find the optimum speed and ramp design to achieve the jump. The Glastron GT-150 flying over two police cars became a cover story in Time magazine. The villain’s boat will be on display.

    For those wanting to emulate the Bond lifestyle, also at the show (and available for purchase) will be two Sunseeker motor yachts (the Manhattan 50 and the Portofino 53) from Seattle Boat Company.

    Five Sunseeker motor yachts were used and two featured in the newly released Casino Royale. The actual Sunseeker Predator 108 — which is Le Chiffre’s residence in the movie — is for sale (but not on display) from Seattle Boat Company.

    In addition to the boats for Live and Let Die, Glastron designed a custom boat for Moonraker. Glastron boats have helped Bond outrun the bad guys every time. Glastron also designed and built the infamous “Bat Boat” featured in the Batman movie (1966) and television series. Glastron runabouts will be on display during the show by Master Marine Services and Verle’s Sports Center & Marine.

    About the Boat Show

    The 60th Annual Seattle Boat Show, Thursday, January 25-Saturday, February 3, features more than 1,000 boats — including fishing boats, inboard cruisers, runabouts, kayaks, sailboats and inflatables — hundreds of accessories, the latest high-tech innovations, and hundreds of hours of seminars at Qwest Field Event Center plus 300 world-class boats in their natural habitat at Chandler’s Cove on South Lake Union. A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations.

    Admission & Hours

    Admission for adults is $10; youth, 11-17, are $5; children 10 and under are free. A 3-day Flex Pass is $18. Purchase tickets online and receive free parking, a free cup of clam chowder from FX McRory’s and a one-year magazine subscription.

    Boat show hours at Qwest Field Event Center: Weekdays, Noon-8 pm; Saturdays, 10 am-8pm; Sunday 10 am-6 pm. At Chandler’s Cove on South Lake Union: Weekdays, 11 am-5 pm; Weekends, 10 am-5 pm. For more information visit

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