Friday, October 22, 2010

To Find A Spy Car

by Doug Redenius

Rumors. The best way I know of to get started. If it wasn't for persistent rumors about discarded James Bond film props I don't know where I'd be.

In this case, it started about 1988. I'd heard that one of the Lotus Esprit submarine cars from The Spy Who Loved Me was still down in the Bahamas. Exactly where in the Bahamas I wasn't sure. All I had to go on was that some tourists had driven past it one night, and the cab driver told them it was one of the actual submarine cars from the film. As it later turned out, it was a very important Lotus used for the "gadget" shots.

After filming on TSWLM had finished, Cubby Broccoli asked Mr. Roberts of Roberts Used Car Lot & Scrap Metal Co. Ltd. if he would like to keep this particular car, as a momento from the film. (Mr. Roberts had supplied the cranes used to raise and lower all the film's equipment into and out of the ocean each day.) As you might have guessed already, Roberts said yes.

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