Photo: Goldeneye 1995 Danjaq, LLC, & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved
Eurocopter Tiger Helicopter
A spokesman for the new helicopter, that dignitaries have had to chuff along to boring old Monaco to see, begins his sales pitch, “What you are about to see in operation is Europe’s answer to the electronic battlefield - The first working prototype of the Tiger Helicopter.”
He continues, “Uniquely manoeuverable, the Tiger not only uses stealth technology, it is the only helicopter to be hardened against all form of electronic interference, radio jamming and electro-magnetic interference.”
It’s an impressive pitch – I’ll have two.
The Tiger’s first flight was in 1991 but it didn’t move from prototype into service until 2003, so the 1995 film was perfectly timed to present to the public a military device that was ahead of its time - Just as it should be with Bond movies.
Indeed Germany and France placed a joint order worth 3.3 billion Euro for 160 Tigers to share; 80 each.
The average cost if you want to buy a Tiger is said to be about $31m so you’ll need to smash open that oversized Johnny Walker whisky bottle of pennies in the corner, by your television and have a count up.