Wednesday, November 26, 2008

James Bond's Rides: Lotus Esprit

The white Lotus Esprit S1 used by James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" was a really popular with fans for it can transform from a car into a submarine. It is equipped with a cement dispenser hidden behind the rear number plate for ground use, while underwater equipments include surface-to-air missiles, depth charges, smokescreen, a periscope, torpedoes, harpoons, limpet mines and a self-destruct system that was never used in the movie. There was a flaw in the car's submarine design though: it has no reverse, so the only way to slow down is by switching off the motors. Once underwater, the retractable wheels would fold beneath extendable covers and various fins, rudders and propeller units would appear out of nowhere. There were also black reinforcing bars for protecting the windows and glasses of the car from caving in under pressure. At the end of the underwater scene, the Esprit emerges at a beach full of people, giving those beachgoers a big surprise. A similar white Esprit would later be seen in "For Your Eyes Only", albeit this time being a Turbo model and only appearing for a brief while.

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