James Bond Submarine Car Sells For £550,000

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A wealthy buyer has splashed out £550,000 for the James Bond submarine car featured in The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Lotus Esprit was sold at auction after a fierce price war between a female buyer and a telephone bidder who took the prized collector's piece.

The distinctive-looking vehicle was designed for an underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007.

James Bond car auction

Bond fans will need to have cash to burn to buy it

In the film, 007 and Bond girl Anya Amasova, played by Barbara Bach, escapes a helicopter attack by driving the Esprit off a pier into the sea. 


Also known as the Wet Nellie, it is a fully operational submarine but cannot be driven on the road.

Those in the room at RM Auctions in Battersea, south London, clapped as bids went up to £550,000, which after charges left the buyer £616,000 out of pocket.

James Bond car auction

Roger Moore drove the vehicle in the 1977 film

Peter Haynes, from RM Auctions, said the auctioneer was pleased with the price despite it coming in at under estimated prices of between £650,000 and £950,000.

 James Bond car auction

"We are very happy with that price, it is very strong money for what is an important piece of movie memorabilia," Mr Haynes said.

"Bearing in mind it is not a car that can be driven on the road, the price just goes to prove the draw that all Bond-related memorabilia has."

Richard Kiel, right, as Jaws and Roger Moore, as James Bond, fighting in the 1977 film, "The Spy Who Loved Me."


Moore and Richard Kiel, who played Jaws, in the 1977 film.

via: SkyNews