Back in 1977, Eon Productions, the producers of the James Bond series, spent roughly $100,000 on “Wet Nellie,” the Lotus Elise submarine now owned by Elon Musk. Lotus supplied the team with two road cars and an additional six empty body shells, three of which were converted by Florida’s Perry Oceanographic for underwater scenes shot in the Bahamas. They were designed by movie prop legend Ken Adam.The only motorized Lotus out of the fleet was operated by retired US Navy SEAL Don Griffin and a copilot, while another two empty submarine shells were used for the closeups. And while the star sub was kept in storage until 1989, a second shell was donated to local crane supplier Roberts, only to be rediscovered in an empty lot in the Bahamas in 1992. Getty ImagesSunset Boulevard Despite his initial enthusiasm, Elon Musk wasn’t able to turn his $997,000 Esprit into a working submarine—it was never designed to be sufficiently airtight, or even submersible. But while Musk has so far failed, there’s another crew that has made a working Bond-style sports car sub: The team at Top Gear, circa 2012.To celebrate 50 years of Bond cars, old-new Top Gear’s Richard Hammond came up… Read full this story
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