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1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79]

1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79] in The Spy Who Loved Me, Movie, 1977 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

1976 Lotus Esprit [Type 79]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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ben68 BE

2005-11-28 14:06

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1977 Lotus Esprit. In "The Spy Who Loved Me", Bond uses it to run away from the villains leaded by Stromberg by diving into the ocean. The car can in fact be converted in a submarine and has a lot of gadgets such as torpedos, rockets, mines etc. At the box-office of the 007 cars, the 1977 submarine Esprit comes at the 2nd place, just behind the 1964 DB5.

-- Last edit: 2005-11-28 14:14:13

bent8rover UK

2007-02-05 01:59

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G-MANN UK

2008-10-06 18:35

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It had been some years since Bond got a gadget-laden car from Q-Branch, so this time he is given the Lotus Esprit.

"Look what Q's brought for us. Isn't it nice?"

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Q: Right, now pay attention 007, I want you to take great care of this equipment. There are one or two rather special accessories...
Bond: Q, have I ever let you down?
Q: Frequently!

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The accessories include jet pipes which spray cement onto pursuing vehicles:

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"Can you swim?"

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And the most incredible of all, the car converts into a submarine!

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And it also features an arsenal of weapons; surface-to-air missles:

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Torpedos:

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Oil slick:

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And underwater mines:

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All of these help to see off Stromberg's underwater soldiers, but the submarine springs a leak and Bond takes it back onto dry land.

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-- Last edit: 2008-10-06 18:58:48

G-MANN UK

2008-10-07 00:18

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antp wrote It is visible for so long time in the movie?


It appears about 1 hour into the film and is on screen for approximately 10 minutes (including the underwater scenes). A pretty famous and memorable car, if not quite as famous as the legendary Aston Martin DB5.

antp BE

2008-10-07 09:49

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But as I said, due to toys and other derivates, it could get 5 stars... :think:

DRB US

2008-11-14 19:20

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NEWS: A non-submarine Esprit used in the movie is going on the auction block Dec 1, 2008, at a Bonhams & Butterfields sale.
From the Bonhams.com site: "The white 1976 Lotus Esprit from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach,
will be sold by the international auctioneers on 1 December at its annual motoring Auction Sale at Olympia, in West London. The car is expected
to fetch £100,000-120,000." Happy bidding!

CRAFT372 US

2009-11-04 15:02

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This baby made number 4 on Empire Magazines Top 10 Movie cars onely surpassed by the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie Christine and the Back To The Future Delorean

-- Last edit: 2009-11-04 17:00:01

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2010-08-15 17:15

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The vehicle details for PPW 306R are:

Date of Liability 01 09 1979
Date of First Registration 03 09 1976
Year of Manufacture 1976
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1973CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour WHITE
Vehicle Type Approval

Sandie SX

2011-06-21 18:02

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I've got a model of this as well. 1/43. It's a paint is a bit chipped and faded. :/

Another vote for five stars.

valiant1962 AU

2012-06-06 08:09

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On display at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu in June 2011.
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somename US

2013-06-28 23:19

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Wet Nellie the James Bond submarine Lotus heads to auction

-- Last edit: 2013-06-28 23:22:56

somename US

2013-09-10 17:58

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James Bond’s Lotus submarine, “Wet Nellie,” sells for $966,440

Gamer DE

2013-09-10 18:13

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Sandie wrote I've got a model of this as well. 1/43. It's a paint is a bit chipped and faded. :/

Another vote for five stars.

Is it the Corgi one? Mine is and it has chipped white paint. I own a normal version as well, in blue. Both have "shutter" windows: Link to "www.hollywood-diecast.com"

skywatcher68 US

2014-06-21 18:51

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According to one of the original Esprit's appearances on a recent episode of "American Restoration", the movie used four of these: one road-going, one that dives into the water, one that transforms into the submarine, and the submarine itself. The shell of the second one, which had the engine, transmission, and interior removed for the film, was found in a Bahamian scrapyard a few years ago and Rick Dale's team restored it for the Dezer Hollywood Cars Museum.

Link to "1.bp.blogspot.com"
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqiilEQCYAAg9AR.jpg:large
https://twitter.com/_RickDale_/status/479812749535371265/photo/1
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JL24 US

2015-02-11 00:09

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This website says 5:
http://www.lotusespritturbo.com/James_Bonds_Lotus_Esprit_S1.htm

This website says 6:

Link to "www.slashgear.com"

While this one says 7:

http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1061050

I know for sure that there were two road cars used so if we add those, we have 7, 8, and 9 total cars going from the top

eivaio TH

2015-07-20 15:47

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Registration number: PPW 306R

Tax Due:01 September 1979

Vehicle make: LOTUS
Date of first registration: 03 September 1976
Year of manufacture: 1976
Cylinder capacity (cc): 1973cc
CO₂Emissions: Not available
Fuel type: PETROL
Vehicle status: Not taxed
Vehicle colour: WHITE
Vehicle type approval: Not available
Wheelplan: 2 AXLE RIGID BODY
Revenue weight: Not available

Robi DE

2016-06-22 14:51

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Two cars were used for the driving scenes. One was the "Bond car", which was also present at the opening of the "007 Stage" at Pinewood Studios, the other one belonged to the Lotus chairman.
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About seven mock-ups were used for the underwater scenes.
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jpts AU

2017-05-06 15:52

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I saw this on "Top Gear's Bond Cars Special" and according to the show, when Lotus heard about Eon Productions were shopping for a new car for Bond, the head of Lotus Cars Public Relations at the time; Don McLaughlan thought that instead of going and asking Eon to use their new Esprit for the movie, why not make Eon come and ask to use the Esprit for the movie.

So McLaughlan took a new prototype Esprit with the Lotus brandings taped over and parked the vehicle in front of the Eon Productions' main office building at Pinewood Studios and went to see a friend and when the staff left the production offices for lunch, they noticed the prototype and when McLaughlan return, he got in the vehicle and drove off without answering any questions.



-- Last edit: 2017-05-06 17:14:18

Ddey65 US

2017-06-14 06:23

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You know, as cool as the car, as well as the whole scene was, I have to admit something; I sat in the driver's seat of an '88 Lotus Esprit recently, and I couldn't believe how small the damn thing was. I always thought this was the bigger, more modern Lotus. And if I had a hard time in the thing, I'll bet this was an even bigger pain in the ass for the late Roger Moore.

-- Last edit: 2017-06-14 06:24:50

Aurora MX

2018-06-14 15:43

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A few beautifull toys

Aurora MX

2018-06-14 15:44

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This is my favorite Bond car EVER

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