Dude, Where’s My James Bond Submarine Car?

Lotus Subcar

The kick-ass, amphibious Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me could be yours! From RM Auctions:

No Bond car has ever done anything as outrageous as transform itself into a submarine. Used to incredible effect in the film The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore, the white Lotus commonly tops the polls when generations of movie fans are asked to vote on their favourite film cars of all time […]

The vehicle to be offered by RM Auctions at its forthcoming London sale, 8-9 September, in Battersea Park, is the one and only fully functioning car especially designed and built for the famous underwater sequence seen on screen in the 1977 film […]

The Aston Martin from Goldfinger sold for £2.9 million in 2010. I can’t imagine the Lotus will go for less, since, you know, it’s a bloody submarine. The closest I ever got to the damn thing is pictured below.

Lotus Corgi

(Images via Lotus Esprit Turbo and Vectis Auctions)

4 Responses to “Dude, Where’s My James Bond Submarine Car?”


  1. 1 leftylimbo July 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Ah, yes. I think we may have discussed this toy before. Nevertheless, The Lotus Esprit was my favorite car for quite some time after seeing The Spy Who Loved Me. I was totally obsessed, going to my local library and hunting down every single Road & Track or Car & Driver magazine which featured one in its articles and/or reviews. I tried memorizing all the technical stats on its engine, top speeds, etc.; in fact I think that was the first time I memorized the term DOHC without even knowing what the heck it was. Man, what a geek.

    I did see a few Esprits on the Westside (of course, the Beverly Hills area) back then. Most of them were that racing yellow, then there were some red ones, but the least common (that I saw) were the white ones like in the movie, which I thought was weird.

    I could not believe how low to the ground they were. When we pulled up next to one in my dad’s ’72 Dodge Dart I swear the Esprit’s roof was lower than, or maybe about level to, our car window (the bottom-most part).

    So needless to say, I was overjoyed when my parents gave me money to buy that Corgi toy at Toys ‘R’ Us. It was great fun for awhile, but it didn’t take long for me to wish that the car could do a full transformation from normal car to submarine. You had one too?

  2. 2 2W2N July 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I had one, but I probably got mine from the Corgi Moonraker line. The car wasn’t in Moonraker, but what the hell? I had the Moonraker Space Shuttle as well.

  3. 3 leftylimbo July 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    LoL, did they try to do a crossover? I vaguely remember the Moonraker Space Shuttle.

  4. 4 Ed February 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I still got mine, and all of my other die cast cars.


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