The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - A piece of Lotus Esprit Carpet & Autograph Display
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One of the ‘Star Cars’, & certainly the most memorable in the entire Bond Film Franchise is without a doubt the Lotus Esprit S1. Known as ‘Wet Nellie’, James Bond (Roger Moore) & Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) flee Stromberg’s henchmen in the Lotus before it ingeniously converts into a submarine. During filming, six Esprits were used though only one formed the submarine. Three of the Esprits were just empty bodyshells which were used to show each phase of the car-to-submarine transformation. Two unpowered dummy cars fitted with wheels were used to show the Esprit entering and emerging from the sea; the first was designed to be fired from an air cannon off the end of the pier, the second was towed by a rope buried under the beach. This is a rare piece of the carpeting extracted from the interior of the Lotus Submarine, mounted within a Limited Edition relic card. It comes beautifully framed with a corresponding 8x10” still signed by Caroline Munro who played Naomi in the film. Acquired by Rittenhouse from the EON Productions Archive; the Producers of all the James Bond Films, the relic card includes a unique serial number on its reverse (486 out of 490). Rittenhouse Limited are the only Relic Company to be officially licensed by EON Productions. The autograph was obtained in-person at the Collectormania Event on Saturday 2nd June 2018, NEC Birmingham, UK. Display measures 33x40cm.