By Mirembe Martina
The James Bond submarine car which featured in the 1977 Bond movie, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ with Roger Moore as Bond is going up for auction.
It is due to go on sale in September by RM Auctions in London. It is the only car designed for the film and was built from six Esprit body shells used in the movie.
The car is a fully operational, self-propelled “submarine” and was designed by the Florida-based Perry Oceanographic. In the film, it was driven by retired Navy SEAL Don Griffin, who used motorized propellers and maneuvered the vehicle with levered steering mechanisms. It cost about $100,000 to make, which would be more than $400,000 in today’s dollars.
The car has been in a storage unit in Long Island, N.Y., for the past 10 years since it was used in the movie; its rent was paid in advance.