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” As a Commander in the Royal Navy, it is only right and proper that over the last 40 years or so, 007 has been involved in some marvellous powerboating scenes. Not all the craft he has used in that time have been outrageously high-end. In fact some have been distinctly modest – and yet, like his cars, all have possessed something that made them stand out from the crowd as something a man like Bond might have enjoyed. What follows are five boats which, through the drama of the scene, the excellence of the marque or the sheer ‘Bondishness’ of the model, deserve a special mention. If you disagree (and on a subject as emotive as this, no doubt some of you will), do feel free to let us know…”
” (2) Glastron GT150 – Live and Let Die (1973)
In what is surely one of the most memorable boat scenes in 007 history, a 1972 Glastron GT150 embarks on a long and implausibly fast chase through Louisiana. Equipped with an Evinrude Starflite 135hp outboard, the highlight of the sequence is a record-breaking 110-foot leap over the pursuing Sheriff at the hands of Roger Moore.
Naturally, modifications were required in order to achieve the feat – not least a pair of wooden rails on the hull to keep the craft level on the ramp and the repositioning of the helm station in the centre of the boat to help maintain balance in flight. Even then, it is said (though unconfirmed) that around 25 craft were used in filming the chase, with around 100 takes of the jump sequence alone. A great many boats were damaged or destroyed either in practice or in filming but in an age when special effects could not come to the rescue, the results were superb.
The Glastron GT150 became something of a cult classic, featuring heavily on the film’s promotional poster and achieving more film success three years later in ‘Outlaw Blues’.”
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