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August 3: James Bond unveils his Lotus Esprit submarine on this date in 1977

August 3, 2012

Back when movie makers had to build their props for the real world rather than only on computer, the producers of the James Bond franchise had to build full-size submersible versions of the Lotus Esprit for 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me." Powered by electric motors, a pressurized air tank for the roof rocket and guided by divers in wet suits, the underwater Lotus became a successful successor to Bond's stodgy old Aston Martin. A couple of the cars built for the movie have been preserved by collectors, much as Bond himself has been kept up to date. Roger Moore was one suave sea captain: