By Lauren Jade Hill
As the news broke that the sailing yacht ‘Regina’ from the James Bond movie Skyfall was on sale, we began to look back at the long line of breath-taking yachts that have graced the screen in these iconic movies. While Regina captured audiences in scenes with Daniel Craig, the opening sequence of The World is Not Enough, sees Pierce Brosnan in a high-speed chase down the River Thames in the Sunseeker Superhawk 34. And this is just the beginning; here’s our selection of the most extraordinary boats to have appeared alongside 007.
Having seen the sailing yacht glide through the azure waters off of Turkey in Skyfall, many movie goers would have inevitably dreamed of owning Regina themselves; now this dream can become a reality. After being available for charter since the movie’s release in 2012, the sailing yacht is now being sold for $9.4m by Engel & Völkers Yachting. The elegant 184-foot yacht has a maximum speed of 12 knots, with six cabins affording ample space for 12 people, and outstanding amenities, including a jet ski.
Glaston Carlson CV23HT
In 1979, it was Roger Moore who starred as James Bond in Moonraker, and who sped along the Amazon River in the Glaston Carlson CV23HT speedboat with the enemy in hot pursuit. The hard-top model was one of only 300 to be made, of which only three were given its distinctive silver metal-flake finish. The scene comes to a dramatic close as James Bond manages to escape over Iguazu Falls.
Lotus Esprit Turbo Sub
In the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore was behind the wheel of the Lotus Esprit S1, a sports car that transformed into a submarine when it was submerged in water. The amphibious car featured cement spraying cannons, fins and a periscope for making underwater escapes, and the capability to fire missiles.
In the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale, Daniel Craig sails into Venice on the Spirit 54, a classic British yacht that’s celebrated for its elegance; the 54-foot boat was handcrafted in Suffolk, incorporating mahogany topsides and teak decks. By being featured in these James Bond scenes, the yacht not only shot to international fame, it also became the first sailing yacht to travel along the Grand Canal is around 300 years.
Live and Let Die was the 007 movie that featured the scene considered to be one of the most dramatic boat chases in the history of James Bond, in which Roger Moore flies through Louisiana with a 110-foot leap through the air. While a number of boats were used to film this scene, the model has become a cult classic as a result.
Find out more about the sale of Regina by going over to the Engel & Völkers Yachting site.