First I have heard about this - which may say more about me than the veracity of the above, I admit.
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Posted 04 August 2016 - 10:51 AM
Welcome to the club, neither have I heard about this thingy. Possible, I'd say - although in terms of vehicles the film already features an impressive number.*
Could possibly be a prop for the planned end of the PTS with Bond landing on a lake and then waterskiing onwards; that kind of thing would have needed a fast motorboat. But up to now I always read this end was discarded as one step too far. Nor have I ever heard about it supposedly being filmed. Or prepared even.
*The Lotus, the water bike Wet Nellie, the armed helicopter, the submarines, the rescue capsule, the armed motorcycle with rocket sidecar. Bet I forgot some...
Posted 04 August 2016 - 11:40 AM
The underwater sleds...??
Also, if true, it is in Hero white, as opposed to Villainous yellow or red. That said, looks a bit clunky for James to be using.
Am sure stuff does get built and not used. I am reminded there was some reinforced armoured train carriage thing built for Octopussy that never made it into the film. It was built in plywood, of course. This from all the magazines I was buying at the time.
Anyway, I have asked Invaluable for provenance. Let's see.
Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:05 PM
What baffles me is the claim the scenes didn't make it to the final cut. That would mean they actually shot footage with it. From what I heard about TSWLM it would really only fit to the last part of the pts - which everything I read about leads me to believe was never shot. They were happy enough the parachute opened properly and the Union Flag design looked splendid in the footage.
An alternative would have been to use this instead of the wet bike, also since it looks a bit sturdier for open sea activities than the bike. But the bike was a real vehicle that would sell the following Christmas. While this is a custom made job that only costs the production.
I keep wondering, are they sure it's a TSWLM prop? I think it wouldn't look out of place in TMWTGG - though I have no idea where it would fit in there.
Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:18 PM
Not sure anyone is sure.
I will pop up whatever Invaluable comes back with.
Posted 04 August 2016 - 02:47 PM
Posted 04 August 2016 - 04:29 PM
I doubt anything was happening in '75 to warrant this.
All sounds a bit of rubbish really... Wouldn't be surprised if it all gets retracted.
Posted 04 August 2016 - 06:20 PM
Posted 05 August 2016 - 08:24 AM
I have never heard or seen this "prop", in any film or book or documentary about the making of 'TSWLM' or anything regarding it.
Total nonsense if you ask me.
Posted 05 August 2016 - 09:11 AM
And it's not looking any better with the chap's response. Which makes his 'lot' a hell of a claim for an auction.
I have replied saying that Spy went into Pre-Prod around 1976 so it is very unlikely this boat was manufactured For the movie. I also highlighted the fact he was advertising it as 6 inches in length,,,,
All we have is the bill of sale and a manufactures state of origin. We also have pictures of it at the museum and a copy of the flyer when it was original sold at auction. When it was used in the movie we do not have any information on that.
From : Firth, Simon (Invaluable)
Sent: Aug 4, 2016, 7:42 AM
To: King, Miles
Subject: Condition Report: Lot 200D - JAMES BOND MOVIE PROP BOAT "THE SPY WHO LOVED ME"
Please can you provide any provenance that this was indeed built for the Bond movie. And if in fact ANY scenes were filmed using it.
Posted 05 August 2016 - 10:03 AM
Posted 06 August 2016 - 05:46 AM
Could possibly be a prop for the planned end of the PTS with Bond landing on a lake and then waterskiing onwards; that kind of thing would have needed a fast motorboat.
Posted 03 September 2016 - 10:19 PM
So this heap of irrelevant flotsam (I feel confident to say this...) sold for $4100.
It was estimated rather generously at $10-20,000.
I hope it was bought for its uniqueness rather than its Bond connections.
Posted 03 September 2016 - 10:50 PM