The World Is Not Enough Gadgets
Just as there would be no 007 without Q Branch saving every mission, the movie franchise is unlikely to have lasted so long – Q Branch overcomes the early complications with a quite stunning vehicle.
A water jet powered speed boat that Q describes as a Hydro Boat. It also comes fully loaded, as they say in Gadgetmaster circles. Q does however admit that it is not finished, so we only get to see the torpedoes in action. We do however know that it has a grenade launching facility.
It is also equipped with two ‘Jet Blast’ rocket motors at the rear of the craft which operate a turbo boost effect. This enabled 007 to take the craft onto dry land.
With a top speed of 70mph and a zero to fifty speed of just 3.5 seconds, this little boat was among Q branch’s finest achievements.
So proud of his design, Q had intended to use it during his retirement, until Bond destroyed it of course, “My fishing boat. For my retirement. Away from you.”
15 of these boats were produced for the film. 8 survive. The Ian Fleming foundation owns the one that performed the barrel roll in the production. Only one other of the surviving craft was used.
As an homage to the original Q (read more HERE), this would be called a Q Boat.
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