Wet Nellie: The Second Most Famous Bond Car (Page 2)
The two main problems with the submersible's initial design was the extremely poor visibility and the fact that the four electric engines did not have reverse capability. The first issue was pseudo-repaired with the help of a mirror-system which helped the two "captains" to see under the car, while the second one proved to be more of a challenge.
Since it had no way of reversing, the only way to slow it down was to shut its engines off and let it settle on the sea bottom. After that, a team of three divers would lift it to its intended location. In total, a team of eleven divers were underwater in each of the car's takes.
Submersible Inspector Gadget
Of course, as just about any other Bond gadgets'r'us car, the white Lotus Esprit had a tonne of bad guys repellant systems, which we are naturally going to divulge:
- ability to turn into a submarine, complete with a telescopic periscope, retractable wheels, four control fins, four rear propellers and two stabilizing fins (rudders)
- liquid cement-spraying jets behind the rear license plate on land and a squid-like ink/oil-spraying jet for underwater use;
- mine dispenser under the car;
- two under-bonnet harpoons;
- four under-bonnet heat-seeking missile launchers (for underwater use);
- four surface-to-air radar-guided missiles.
All in all, there must have been some pretty tense days during filming, especially considering the special "logistics" involved. Thankfully, nothing went wrong and, although probably with the help of tens of different takes, what you see in the final cut is pretty much what you get: a real, working submarine made out of a Lotus Esprit S1. How cool is that?
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