James Bond Part 2

1 : Introduction
2 : Motor Museum
3 : SOE Exhibit
4 : Gardens
5 : Beaulieu Abbey
6 : Palace House
7 : James Bond Exhibit


In 'Die Another Day' (2002) North Korean Colonel Tan-Sun Moon's hovercraft, used to evade land mines planted around his military base, was featured in the opening scene.

Bond (Pierce Brosnan) chased Moon through a forest before being captured by soldiers and subjected to 14 months of torture. Later in the film James Bond captures one of the hovercrafts and persues Moon, and the chase is on.

Fifteen Ospreys were built and were used during filming at Pinewood Studios. Three of the craft are in working order at the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, UK.

The three include two Osprey type craft and one Griffon modified M.O.D. craft - all of which were used in the opening sequence to the 2002 movie:

1) The original craft, used by Pierce Brosnan, in original condition and fitted with 2 stroke stunt engine.

2) The original chase craft retrofitted by Osprey Hovercraft to manufacturer's specification and with a 4 stroke engine so as to enable public rides and displays.

3) The 'big chase' craft in its original film condition. This was originally a M.O.D. Shoeburyness military range Hovercraft.


A Pipeline Inspection Gauge or 'PIG' is a device sent down a pipeline and propelled by the pressure of the product in the pipeline itself.

The specially adapted PIG (above) was used to smuggle General Koskov across the border through the Siberian pipeline into Europe.

Pigging in the context of pipelines refers to the practice of using devices known as "pigs" to perform various maintenance operations on a pipeline. This is done without stopping the flow of the product in the pipeline.

It is accomplished by inserting the pig into a 'pig launcher' (or 'launching station') - an oversized section in the pipeline, reducing to the normal diameter. The launcher / launching station is then closed and the pressure-driven flow of the product in the pipeline is used to push it along down the pipe until it reaches the receiving trap - the 'pig catcher' (or 'receiving station')

A pig has been used as a plot device in three James Bond films: 'Diamonds Are Forever', where Bond disabled a pig to escape from a pipeline, 'The Living Daylights' (shown above), where a pig was modified to secretly transport a person through the Iron Curtain, and 'The World Is Not Enough', where a pig was used to move a nuclear weapon through a pipeline.


Parahawking is an activity that combines paragliding with falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals.

Parahawking was developed by British falconer Scott Mason in 2001. Mason began a round-the-world trip in Pokhara, Nepal, where many birds of prey - such as the griffon vulture, steppe eagle and black kite - can be found. While taking a tandem paragliding flight with British paraglider Adam Hill, he had the opportunity to see raptors in flight, and realised that he could combine the sports of paragliding and falconry.

Part of the edited report below is with acknowledgement to "MI6 - The Home of James Bond". The website may be accessed here.

Bond is skiing when he's ambushed by four Parahawks - hybrid paraglider-snowmobiles piloted by heavily armed henchmen. Bond forces them to crash in varied ways and lives to fight another day.

The Flying Parahawks did not come equipped with the full size Polaris Snowmobile built into the vehicle as this would have made them too heavy to fly. They were also equipped with a different rear propeller configuration.

There were originally eighteen Flying and Land Parahawks built for the film. Two of the Flyers were kept by the production company. The Ian Fleming Foundation purchased the vehicle displayed here from the production company. This is first seen flying over the mountains making an attack run on Bond and Electra King.

James Bond has to deal with several of these machines when they attack unexpectedly in the Caucasus Mountains. They are extremely slow moving, but are fitted with machine guns and parachute mines, and end up starting an avalanche in which Bond gets caught up.

The machines have a parachute permanently fixed to their frame. It can be jettisoned in an emergency, but this is not advisable. The large propeller mounted on the rear provides the forward thrust, and on the underside are skis for more conventional travel.

"Parahawks are somewhat quirky machines  .........

.........  but when they arrive in force (below) they are not easy to shrug off !"


Glastron once again provided craft for James Bond (Roger Moore) in the 1979 film 'Moonraker' in the shape of a heavily modified Glastron/Carlson CV-23HT. This limited edition model finished in silver glitter flake paint came customized for the film to include Q Branch gadgets, a bullet proof shield, mines, a torpedo and a hidden hang glider (or delta wing) with which Bond escapes from his boat just before it hits the Iguazu Falls.

After filming the special equipment was removed when the boat was sold but the gadgets have since been put back in.

HT stands for Hard Top. Only 300 of these hard top boats were built in 1978 and 1979 ; and only 3 of those were built with the custom painted silver metalflake gelcoat over gray (the 'normal' boats sold to the public had either metalflake blue or metalflake bronze color).

Today only one of these boats is known to exist and is owned by the Ian Fleming Foundation. The boat was on display in 'Bond in Motion' exhibition at Beaulieu and is pictured here.


The following report is with acknowledgement to the 'Bond Lifestyle - The Real Thing' website here .

James Bond, then played by Sean Connery, was introduced to his silver Aston Martin DB5 in the 1964 film 'Goldfinger'.

The DB5 caused a tremendous amount of talk, not only because of its timeless beauty but also because of those tempting gadgets that were fitted to it: oil spray, bullet proof shield, radar screen, revolving number plates, gun tray under driver's seat, tyre slashers and of course the famous ejector seat with control button in the gear stick.

The car is crashed in 'Goldfinger' but later recovered and restored by Q, as the car appears again in Thunderball. The licence plate number is BMT 216A.

The car can then be seen in 'GoldenEye' driven by Pierce Brosnan to the Monte Carlo Casino, with a playful chase scene between Bond in his Aston Martin DB5 versus and Xenia Onatopp in her red Ferrari 355 GTS.

The car is then fitted with an Alpine 7817R car radio that doubles as a printer and communication device, and a champagne cooler between te seats. The license plate has changed to BMT 214A. The car is also used in 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.

In 'Casino Royale' we see how Bond acquired the car when Daniel Craig as Bond wins an Aston Martin DB5, license plate 56526, during a poker game in the Bahamas 'One and Only Club'.

In 'SkyFall' the Aston Martin DB5 is once again put to use when Bond drives M to Scotland in this car. It is one of the last scenes in the movie.and the licence plate number is back to BMT 216A as it was in 1964.

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