Photo: Octopussy 1983 Danjaq, LLC, & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved
The BD-5 Micro was invented by Jim Bede and made its first flight in 1971. So, as Bond makes his clever escape from the back of a horse box we are left to contemplate why it took so long for it to appear in a Bond movie.
007 was making his getaway but all sorts of armoured vehicles and soldiers were in pursuit. Add that to the fact that he had not completed his mission to blow stuff up, it was on to Plan B.
Plan B, it quickly proved was the world's smallest jet plane and it was being kept in the horse box at the back of his getaway car.
Up lifts the horse's behind and out trundles a toy plane with wings folded upwards. Some spectacular stunt flying saw Bond fly the mini plane through an aircraft hangar before blowing up everything he had planned to.
Well it was all rather silly. Or was it?
A variety of alterations and improvements were made to this early prototype before we reached the jet seen in Octopussy.
A pilot named Bob Bishop purchased 20 kits of the BD-5J version and they became air show fixtures. Throughout the 1980s, Coors flew two as ‘Silver Bullets’. Budweiser also had one called the Bud Light Jet, and this was the aircraft that was used in Octopussy.
Another video of the BD-5 in action appears above, and you can read more at the official website www.bd5.com