ஜேம்ஸ் பாண்ட் பாவித்த நீர்மூழ்கி கார் விற்பனைக்கு..!

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1977 ஜேம்ஸ் பாண்ட் நடித்த படமான ‘The Spy Who Loved’ இல் பாவித்த நீர்மூழ்கி கார் முதல் முறையாக விற்பனைக்கு வந்துள்ளது. (படங்கள் இணைப்பு)
The Lotus Esprit submarine car from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me is being offered for sale for the first time, in RM Auction’s London sale on September 9

In the movie, Bond drives the Lotus Esprit into the ocean and enemy divers and a submarine give chase. They are thwarted as Bond deploys the car’s weapons – mini-rockets, ink jets and an underwater mine.

The stream of air bubbles that follow it through the water in the film are an example of cinematic craft – they were created using a huge supply of Alka-Seltzer tablets.

After being in storage for ten years the car has toured and been exhibited, and the owner has spent some money having the exterior carefully restored to its original condition. He still stands to make a huge profit when it is sold, however

The articulated fins that sit within the wheelarches gave a turning circle of about 20ft. Ballast tanks were used to lower or raise it in the water

The Esprit emerges, in car form, onto a beach. Lotus supplied two production cars and an additional six bodyshells for the film. Only one of these was converted into a fully-functioning submarine by Perry Oceanographics, a marine engineering firm based in Florida

The articulated fins that sit within the wheelarches gave a turning circle of about 20ft. Ballast tanks were used to lower or raise it in the water

Although Lotus created a special sealed body, Perry Oceanographics still had a lot of work to do converting the Esprit’s shell into a fully functioning submarine. The overall cost to construct the car was more than $100,000 – the equivalent of almost $500,000 (£325,000) today

The Esprit’s place in the film was sealed when then Lotus PR manager Don McLaughlan parked a pre-production model outside the offices of producer Albert R (Cubby) Broccoli, knowing that work on a new Bond film was to start soon

The submarine car was named “Wet Nellie” – a reference to “Little Nellie”, the autogyro flown in You Only Live Twice

In the film tourists gaze in astonishment as the Lotus drives up the beach, before Bond tosses a stray fish out of the window and the car speeds off

Wet Nellie’s interior bears no relation to what is seen in the film – in place of the standard cabin it had a simple platform seat for the driver, and an ugly mass of motors, batteries, levers and pipes to propel and manoeuvre it

The film’s stars Roger Moore and Barbara Bach pose with a Lotus Esprit in a publicity shot

Roger Moore never drove Wet Nellie, and it’s unclear whether he even sat in it

Wet Nellie is expected to sell for at least £500,000, but may well fetch considerably more: the record price for an ex-Bond car – also sold through RM Auctions – was set in 2010, when the Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger sold for £2.9 million


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