Often when we’re on a sailing holiday we pretend to be James Bond. Why? Because we’re cruising the seas on an awesome boat and we feel invincible. That’s what sailing holidays are for, right?
The famous boats from the James Bond series are our favourite parts of the films. Vintage yachts, iceberg submarines and self-driving jet boats are just a few of 007’s preferences. Add to the mix a gun-wielding bad guy and bold women, and you’ve got yourself a killer film.
So, sit back, grab the popcorn, and check out 7 of the most suave James Bond boats of all time.
One of Q’s latest inventions, the ‘hydroboat’ is unfinished when Bond (in this case, Pierce Brosnan) jumps in and flies into the water of the Thames. Bond uses its supreme manoeuvrability and jet engines to chase down the bad guys in the beautiful Sunseeker Superhawk 34, one of the most popular Bond boats of all time.
At the end of the pre-title sequence, Bond (Roger Moore) boards the submarine that happens to be cleverly disguised as an iceberg. Inside, it’s all luxury, fitted out with the latest gadgets and an auto-pilot system. Once on board, Bond greets his colleague — and love interest — Kimberley Jones. It’s mission accomplished and time for a strong drink before the five-day journey to Alaska.
For some, the Fairey Huntress is the ultimate Bond boat. Its origin and design couldn’t be more British, and it played a strong role in From Russia With Love. The Fairy Huntress, Bond (Sean Connery) and Tatiana Romanova are pursued by the bad guys in a Huntsman 28 and two Huntress speedboats — with some pretty dramatic consequences.
The Lotus Esprit automobile was built in the UK between 1976 and 1978, and gained fame after the brilliant chase scene — one of our favourites of the whole Bond series — in The Spy Who Loved Me. Fondly referred to as ‘Wet Nellie’, the highly armed Lotus Esprit is amphibious, has cannons that spray wet cement onto pursuing vehicles, and a missile launcher from its rear deck.
Bond (in this case, Roger Moore) uses the stylish Glastron GT150 speedboat in a thrilling chase through the Louisiana marshes. The boat made a record-breaking 120ft jump. Glastron built and sold 26 boats to the Bond production team to get the jump just right, and the stunt was performed over 100 times.
The Gondola chase scene with Roger Moore has got to be one of the more humorous chases of the Bond series. Apparently, the scene in which the gondola converts into a hovercraft and raises out of the water succeeded with the fifth attempt. The boat was so unstable that, during the first four takes, Moore fell into the water and had to have his silk suit replaced for each take. Another fun fact this boat chase was hampered by the 5 km/hour speed limit in the Venice canals.
The gorgeous Spirit 54 is our favourite James Bond boat. Its modern classic design and sleek exterior exude elegance as Bond (Daniel Craig) and Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) sail it from Montenegro to Venice. This ultimate 007 yacht was built in Suffolk, shipped to the Bahamas, sailed to Puerto Rico and through to the BVIs to Tortola Harbour, shipped to Croatia and then sailed to Venice. The 54-foot Spirit was the first sailing yacht to go up the Grand Canal in over 300 years.
Ready to fight some evil? Ready to do something crazy? Book yourself a kick-ass boat, James Bond style.
If you’re a James Bond fan and we’ve missed one of your favourite boats in this list, let us know which one, in the comments!