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A 747 (of sorts) before there ever was one, the Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair is the weird-looking aircraft that Goldfinger and Oddjob use to fly themselves and the Rolls from England to Switzerland. Like the 747, the Carvair's cockpit was on a second deck above the main fuselage and its nose could open like a door to allow for easy loading of freight (like a certain supervillain's luxury car). The Carvair wasn't an original design but was actually a converted Douglas DC-4 developed by the British company Aviation Traders. It could carry 85 passengers or five cars and 55 passengers (people sat in a rear cabin). Either way, it wasn't a profitable aircraft. Only 21 were built.

The Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair was certainly unique, but never a success.

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The Lockheed C-130 Hercules played a pivotal Role in The Living Daylights. In the film's climax, Bond uses a C-130 to escape a Soviet airbase in Afghanistan (though the midair scenes where he fights blond baddie Necros were filmed using a Fairchild C-123). Introduced in 1956, the C-130 is an incredibly versatile troop and cargo transport that flies in multiple versions with air forces around the world. It can carry about 23 tons, and when you need to escape that airbase with your jeep, just drive it up that convenient ramp in the back.

The C-130 has been a workhorse of the Air Force for decades.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Bond went even bigger in military transports in Die Another Day. Villain Gustav Grave uses a ginormous Antonov An-124 Ruslan as a flying headquarters, and it's the site of a dual battle between Bond and Graves and NSA agent Jinx Johnson and henchwoman Miranda Frost. Designed and built by the Ukrainian company Antonov (when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union), the An-124 first flew in 1986. Capable of carrying 150 tons of cargo, it's the second heaviest cargo aircraft in the world after the Antonov An-225 Mriya. It's so big that its main landing gear struts have 10 wheels each -- the perfect size for two secret agents that want to sneak aboard.

The Antonov An-124: She's a wee bit big.


With a steel backbone chassis and a fiberglass body, the Esprit was powered by the Lotus 907 4-cylinder engine, as previously used in the Jensen Healey. This engine displaced 2.0 L, produced 160 bhp (119 kW 162 PS) in European trim (140 bhp (104 kW 142 PS) in US/Federal trim), and was mounted longitudinally behind the passengers, as in its predecessor. The transaxle gearbox was a 5-speed manual unit, previously used in the Citroën SM and Maserati Merak it featured inboard rear brakes, as was racing practice at the time. The Series 1 embodied Lotus’ performance through light weight mantra, weighing less than 1,000 kg (2,205 lb).

The original Esprit was lauded for its handling and is said to have the best steering of any Esprit. However, it was generally regarded as lacking power, especially in markets such as the United States where the engine was down-rated for emissions purposes. Lotus’ claim of 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h) may be thought of as optimistic - actual road test times indicated 0-60 mph in 8 seconds and a top speed of around 133 mph (214 km/h).

The S1 Esprit can be distinguished from later Esprits by a shovel-style front air dam, Fiat X1/9 tail lights, lack of body-side ducting, and Wolfrace alloy wheels. Inside the car, the most obvious indication of an S1 Esprit is a one-piece instrument cluster with green-faced Veglia gauges.


The James Bond Car Collection was a fortnightly (later monthly) release of James Bond model cars displayed in detailed scenes from the James Bond movies. From Bond's first car, the Sunbeam Alpine, to his newest, the Aston Martin DB10. The most legendary and some not so legendary cars from more than 50 years of Bond movies are featured. Each magazine issue came with a 1:43-scale model car from an Eon Productions James Bond movie, diecast in metal, with some models including gadgets and character figurines displayed on a moulded base.

Each magazine includes exclusive interviews, behind the scenes photos and anecdotes with 007's creators, actors and stunt drivers and movie trivia. General information and history of each real car. The front cover had pictures of the Bond actors from the movie that the car was in. On occasions other characters are shown, villains or allies. The back cover had posters of the Bond movie from different countries of the world. The centre spread usually had a photo of the car as it is/was available to general public, often a publicity shot from the manufacturer.

The complete collection comprises 135 issues, with 3 further models supplied as gifts to early subscribers. To start with only 40 issues were scheduled for the collection, but due to popularity, and after numerous extensions the collection finished at 135, with a total price of over £1000. The final issue contained an Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre.

The magazine was also published in France [1] (although discontinued after issue 84), Finland [2], Germany [3], The Netherlands [4] and Brazil [5]. Subscriptions are available for the UK, Ireland, France, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Brazil. Release order is depending on location, e.g. the Brazilian car MP Lafer was released very early, as issue 7, in Brazil.

The collection compromised:[7] [8] [9] [10]

Issue Car (Model Manufacturer) Film Model's Diorama/Scene
1 Aston Martin DB5 (Universal Hobbies) Goldfinger Swiss Alps. Displaying the tyre slasher, after damaging Tilly Masterson's Ford Mustang.
Gift 1 Gyrocopter Little Nellie (UH) You Only Live Twice No diorama.
2 Aston Martin Vanquish (UH) Die Another Day Ice Lake. With target seeking bonnet guns and torpedoes, chased by Zao's green XKR.
Gift 2 Renault 11 taxi (UH) A View to a Kill Paris, chasing the descending May Day through crowded street after being split in half.
3 Lotus Esprit (UH) The Spy Who Loved Me Underwater mode with full front and rear armory shoots down the helicopter with underwater missile.
Gift 3 T-55 tank (UH) GoldenEye No diorama. Scale 1:50.
4 BMW Z8 (UH) The World Is Not Enough Dual rocket launchers with Stinger missiles, moment before being destroyed by the buzzsaw-equipped helicopter.
5 Citroën 2CV (UH) For Your Eyes Only Bullet holes and damage from olive grove chase.
6 Jaguar XKR (UH) Die Another Day Ice Palace chase with missiles and mini-Gatling gun.
7 Toyota 2000GT (UH) You Only Live Twice Japanese street. Aki's 2000GT with surveillance gadgets.
8 Lotus Esprit Turbo (UH) For Your Eyes Only Cortina d'Ampezzo. Winterised with ski racks.
9 BMW Z3 (UH) GoldenEye Bond and Natalya are driving when Jack Wade flies over-head in a light aircraft.
10 Ferrari F355 (UH) GoldenEye Xenia Onatopp's Ferrari mountain race with Bond in the DB5.
11 Aston Martin DB5 (UH) Thunderball At the French chateau of Colonel Jacques Bouvar with water cannon and bulletproof shield.
12 Aston Martin DBS (UH) On Her Majesty's Secret Service Bond drives on the beach to save Tracy di Vicenzo. With glovebox sniper sight.
13 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (UH) Diamonds Are Forever Las Vegas. Tiffany Case's red Mustang Mach 1.
14 Aston Martin V8 Vantage (UH) The Living Daylights Ice lake. Ski out-riggers and Q-branch weapons eluding the Soviet military and the Police in the Lada 1500s.
15 BMW 750iL (UH) Tomorrow Never Dies Hotel car park chase, all gadgets displayed. Car attacked but impenetrable to Carver's henchmen.
16 Lotus Esprit (UH) The Spy Who Loved Me Helicopter chase. Rear cement jets.
17 Sunbeam Alpine (UH) Dr. No Jamaican dirt mountain road chase with LaSalle hearse.
18 Triumph Stag (UH) Diamonds Are Forever Commandeered at Passport Control from diamond smuggler Peter Franks, used in Amsterdam.
19 MGB (UH) The Man with the Golden Gun Hong Kong street. Mary Goodnight's MGB pulls up in front of the Peninsula Hotel's chauffeur-driven green Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
20 Aston Martin DBS V12 (UH) Casino Royale Car sent to Bond by M for use in mission parked in Casino Royale car park.
21 Mercury Cougar (UH) On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tracy di Vicenzo's red Cougar. Damaged in ice track race, with custom ski rack.
22 Corvorado (UH) Live and Let Die New York street. Whisper's Corvorado with dartgun that kills Bond's CIA chauffeur to Felix Leiter's location.
23 Mercedes-Benz 250SE (UH) Octopussy Soviet General Orlov's staff car, Bond steals and drives along railtracks following Octopussy's train.
24 Mini Moke (UH) Live and Let Die Harbour side, with Bond and Rosie Carver.
25 Aston Martin DB5 (UH) Goldfinger Driven through Auric Goldfinger's industrial estate, with bullet holes and ejector seat.
26 Lada 1500 (UH) The Living Daylights Czechoslovakian police car, cut with laser by Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
27 Ford Thunderbird (UH) Die Another Day NSA agent Jinx's car outside Graves' Ice Palace, Iceland.
28 AMC Hornet (UH) The Man with the Golden Gun Landing after the 360° rotation with Sheriff J.W. Pepper falling into rear seat.
29 Tuk Tuk taxi (UH) Octopussy Driving through Indian marketplace, Bond shooting with Walther PPK on rear seat throws rupees out to slow Prince Kamal Khan's henchman, Gobinda chasing him.
30 Ford Mustang convertible (UH) Thunderball Fiona Volpe gives Bond a 100 mph lift to the hotel.
31 Moon buggy (UH) Diamonds Are Forever Tall case. Scale 1:58. – On filmset of Moon expedition, Bond drives offsite into desert chased by security guards.
32 Mercedes-Benz 600 (UH) On Her Majesty's Secret Service Drive-by assassination, Blofeld driving with Irma Bunt in the rear killing Mrs. Tracy Bond through windscreen of Bond's DBS.
33 Chevrolet Bel Air (UH) Dr. No Roadside fight with Mr. Jones who had pretended to be a chauffeur from Government House sent to pick up Bond. The first car driven by James Bond in a movie, when Bond brings the recently deceased 'Mr. Jones', in the back seat, to Government House.
34 Range Rover 4.6 HSE (UH) Tomorrow Never Dies Carver's henchmen chasing Bond and Wai Lin on BMW R1200C through Saigon marketplace.
35 Ford Mustang convertible (UH) Goldfinger As Tilly Masterson accepts Bonds offer for a lift, after her tyres where slashed by Bond in the DB5.
36 ZAZ-965 A (UH) GoldenEye Jack Wade and Bond drive to Zukovsky's club through derelict buildings.
37 Chevrolet Corvette (UH) A View to a Kill Night scene with Pola Ivanova.
38 Maserati Biturbo 425 (UH) Licence to Kill Parked at roadside displaying Stinger missiles in boot, as Sanchez kills his financial advisor Truman-Lodge.
39 Lamborghini Diablo (UH) Die Another Day Parked in hangar bay of the Antonov An-124 owned by Colonel Moon.
40 Citroën Traction Avant (UH) From Russia with Love SPECTRE Agent Red Grant follows Bond and Ali Kerim Bey's son.
41 Jaguar XJ8 (UH) Casino Royale Mr. White's Jaguar, parked outside his luxury estate Bond shoots him in the leg.
42 Ford Thunderbird (UH) Goldfinger Felix Leiter parked in a KFC car park, near to Goldfinger's Kentucky stud farm.
43 Chevrolet Nova (UH) Live and Let Die San Monique police cars chasing Bond in the AEC double-decker bus.
44 AMC Matador (UH) The Man with the Golden Gun Scaramanga drives through the streets of Bangkok to escape from Bond and change into a flying car.
45 Land Rover Series III (UH) The Living Daylights British Army Land Rover gets stolen by an assassin on the Rock of Gibraltar, Bond jumps onto roof in pursuit.
46 Willys Jeep M606 (UH) Octopussy After Bond ambushes the henchman and runs into the jungle.
47 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (UH) Die Another Day As Bond drives through the streets of Cuba.
48 Lincoln Continental (UH) Goldfinger Oddjob, Goldfinger's henchman chauffeurs Mr. Solo, and his car, to be crushed.
49 Daimler Limousine (UH) Casino Royale Picks up Bond and Vesper after Pendolino train journey to take them to the Hotel Splendide.
50 MP Lafer (UH) Moonraker Rio – Ipanema beach road.
51 Range Rover Sport (UH) Casino Royale Bond is thrown the keys being mistaken for a valet which he uses to distract the security.
52 Ford GT40 (UH) Die Another Day In Colonel Moon's impressive car collection.
53 Renault 11 taxi (UH) A View to a Kill As Bond drives onto the pavement chasing May Day through Paris.
54 Chevrolet Impala convertible (UH) Live and Let Die Bond driving with Rosie Carver in the forest.
55 Dodge Monaco (UH) A View to a Kill SFPD police car pursuing Bond in the stolen fire-truck through the streets of San Francisco.
56 Toyota Crown (UH) You Only Live Twice Driven by Mr. Osato's men who chase Bond and Aki, before being picked up, then dropped into the sea, by electromagnet on a helicopter owned by Japanese Intelligence.
57 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (UH) Thunderball Driven by the SPECTRE agent, Count Lippe.
58 Aston Martin DBS V12 (UH) Quantum of Solace Before it loses its door in chase with the Alfa 159s.
59 Hispano-Suiza (UH) Moonraker Bond is chauffeur-driven from Drax's manor house to shooting on his country estate.
60 Ford Ka (UH) Quantum of Solace Parked at the dock-side overlooking Bond rescuing Camille from General Medrano.
61 Leyland Sherpa van (UH) The Spy Who Loved Me Tall case. – Parked in at the Egyptian pyramids as Bond fights Jaws for the micro-film containing the nuclear submarine information.
62 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (UH) Tomorrow Never Dies Elliot Carver's henchmen that chase Bond through the multi-storey car park in Hamburg.
63 Alfa Romeo 159 (UH) Quantum of Solace Chasing Bond in the DBS through the quarry.
64 Bentley 4¼ Litre (UH) From Russia with Love As Bond is enjoying the company of Sylvia Trench before he receives a call from Moneypenny on his car phone.
65 Land Rover Defender (UH) Quantum of Solace Tall case. – Carabinieri giving chase to both the Quantum members in the Alfa Romeo 159 and Bond in the DBS.
66 BMW 518 (UH) Octopussy West German police car pursuing Bond at the entrance to the USAF base for having stolen the Alfa Romeo GTV6.
67 Land Rover Lightweight (UH) The Living Daylights Tall case. – When their plane runs out of fuel, Bond and Kara Milovy escape as the plane crashes into the hills.
68 Lotus Esprit Turbo (UH) For Your Eyes Only Just before its self-destruct system goes off, forcing Bond to use Melina Havelock's 2CV.
69 Aston Martin V8 Volante (UH) The Living Daylights Before Q branch winterize, Bond driving to meet up with Koskov at the manor.
70 Daimler Super Eight (UH) Quantum of Solace As Dominic Greene gets out at Quantum's meeting at the opera in Bregenz.
71 Austin Mini (UH) On Her Majesty's Secret Service During the ice race sequence in which Bond and Tracy find themselves in the middle of.
72 Audi 200 quattro (UH) The Living Daylights Bond gets into the car just after missing Kara Milovy with his sniper.
73 Alfa Romeo GTV6 (UH) Octopussy As Bond steals the car, to get to the USAF base in time to defuse the nuclear bomb. He is then chased by German Police in their BMW 518s.
74 VW Beetle (UH) On Her Majesty's Secret Service MI6 agent tails Bond as he is taken to a helicopter to visit Blofeld.
75 Ford Taunus (UH) The Spy Who Loved Me Filled with Stromberg's henchmen the Taunus chases Bond in the Lotus Esprit down the winding Sardinian roads.
76 Ford Falcon Ranchero (UH) Goldfinger As Oddjob drives out of the scrap yard with Mr. Solo's crushed Continental in the back of the pick-up.
77 Checker Marathon taxi (UH) Live and Let Die New York cab ride that leads Bond to Mr. Big, and in turn Solitaire.
78 Mercedes-Benz 220S (UH) On Her Majesty's Secret Service As Irma Bunt and her henchman hunt Bond down in the Mercury Cougar.
79 Range Rover Sport (UH) Quantum of Solace Bond and Camille leave Greene's party in La Paz and are stopped by the police while Mathis is lying in the trunk.
80 GAZ Volga (UH) GoldenEye As Bond chases Ourumov through St. Petersburg in the T-55 tank.
81 GP Beach Buggy (UH) For Your Eyes Only Emile Locque and his henchmen chase 007 and countess Lisl von Schlaf on the beach.
82 Q-Boat (UH) The World Is Not Enough During the Thames River boat chase, Q's jet boat makes a brief appearance on land before going back into the water.
83 Peugeot 504 (UH) For Your Eyes Only Hector Gonzales' henchmen chase Bond and Melina Havelock in the 2CV through olive groves.
84 Dragon Tank (UH) Dr. No Tall case. – Bond, Honey Rider and Quarrel reach an open swamp where they are attacked by the legendary dragon of Crab Key.
85 Land Rover Defender (UH) Casino Royale In Uganda, Mr. White arranges a meeting between Le Chiffre and Obanno, who is seeking a safe haven for his funds.
86 Renault Fuego Turbo (UH) A View to a Kill The stable girls follow Sir Godfrey Tibbett in the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud to a petrol station, where he is strangled by May Day who hid in the back.
87 Parahawk (UH) The World Is Not Enough Bond and Elektra King are attacked while they are on top of a mountain in Azerbaijan examining the King pipeline.
88 Cadillac Superior hearse (Ixo) Diamonds Are Forever Long case. – Bond arrives in Los Angeles to find Peter Frank's casket, which has diamonds inside.
89 Ford Anglia (UH) Dr. No Parked outside the Queen's Club, Jamaica, where Strangways is shot and killed by the Three Blind Mice.
90 Acrostar mini-jet (UH) Octopussy Tall case. – Bond infiltrates a military base then escapes after destroying it.
91 Ford Edge (UH) Quantum of Solace As Bond abandons Green in the desert, leaving only a canister of motor oil for him to survive on.
92 LaSalle hearse (Ixo) Dr. No Long case. – On his way to pick up Miss Taro in his Sunbeam Alpine, Bond is chased by Strangways' murderers.
93 Osprey 5 hovercraft (UH) Die Another Day Tall case. – Colonel Moon and Bond chase each other on hovercraft over the North Korean Demilitarized Zone.
94 Mercedes-Benz 190 Binz ambulance (Ixo) Thunderball Long case. – At the health clinic Bond finds François Derval's body being mysteriously transported away in the dead of the night.
95 Kawasaki Z900 motorcycle (UH) The Spy Who Loved Me Chasing Bond and Anya Amasova in the Lotus Esprit on Sardinia.
96 Chevrolet C10 ambulance (Ixo) Moonraker Long case. – Drax's men show up disguised as paramedics and capture Bond and Holly Goodhead in San Pedro.
97 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville (UH) Goldfinger Driven by Oddjob in Switzerland.
98 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II (UH) The World Is Not Enough In Zukovsky's caviar factory in Baku.
99 Range Rover convertible (Ixo) Octopussy Long case. – Driven by Bianca after Bond released the horsebox trailer.
100 Ford Crown Victoria (Ixo) Casino Royale Long case. – The Miami-Dade PD police cruiser driven by the terrorist at Miami International airport.
101 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II (UH) A View to a Kill Before May Day pushes the car with Bond and Tibbett into the lake.
102 Bondola (Ixo) Moonraker Long case. Scale 1:72. – Bond in Venice after the boat chase.
103 Ford Bronco II (Ixo) Quantum of Solace Bond calls M so that she can track Dominic Greene, Bond follows him to his private jet.
104 ZIL-117 (Ixo) Casino Royale In the trunk is the dead Obanno.
105 Ford Country Squire (Ixo) Goldfinger As Bond is dropped off at Goldfinger's Kentucky stud farm.
106 Ford Consul (Ixo) Dr. No Bond is driven with the police superintendent in this to Strangways' house.
107 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II (UH) Licence to Kill Bond's transport in Isthmus City, with Q as the chauffeur.
108 Ford Econoline (Ixo) Diamonds Are Forever Driven by Bert Saxby in Las Vegas.
109 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe (Ixo) Live and Let Die Kananga's henchmen follow Bond to the crocodile farm.
110 Aston Martin DBS V12 (crash damaged) (UH) Quantum of Solace Bond with Mr. White in the trunk chased by the Alfas. No door, scratches to bodywork.
111 Ford Thunderbird (UH) Thunderball Largo's car as he attends a SPECTRE meeting in Paris.
112 Mercedes-Benz 220 (Ixo) The Man with the Golden Gun After fighting in the karate school.
113 VAZ-2106 (Ixo) GoldenEye Militsiya GAI car from St. Petersburg tank chase.
114 Austin FX4 taxi (Ixo) Octopussy London taxi.
115 Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II taxi (Ixo) Dr. No Jamaican taxi.
116 Lada Niva (Ixo) The World Is Not Enough Davidoff's car in Baku.
117 Mercedes-Benz 220S (Ixo) Goldfinger Chasing the DB5 inside the factory premises.
118 VAZ-2105 (Ixo) The Living Daylights Bratislava – driven by the secret police who take Kara Milovy from the tram.
119 Lincoln Continental stretch limousine (Ixo) Thunderball Long case. - At the French chateau.
120 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL (Ixo) For Your Eyes Only Long case. – Locque's car hanging on the cliff edge, with Bond about to kick it down.
121 Volga M24 (Ixo) Octopussy Used by Soviet General Orlov as his Staff car to chase the Circus's train.
122 Mercedes-Benz 200D (Ixo) For Your Eyes Only Locque waiting inside next to the jumptower in Cortina.
123 Plymouth Savoy taxi (Ixo) From Russia with Love Istanbul taxi.
124 Chevrolet Bel Air (Ixo) Live and Let Die Bond is driven from the airport to meet Felix Leiter, his driver is killed en route by Kananga's henchman Whisper.
125 Dodge Ram (Ixo) Licence to Kill Truck chase.
126 Chevrolet Apache C30 1-ton stakebed truck (Ixo) From Russia with Love Long case. - "I bed you on roses"
127 Dodge M43 ambulance (Ixo) Goldfinger Long and tall case. - With laser gun on the roof during the assault on Fort Knox.
128 Morris Minor 1000 (Ixo) Thunderball Bond is driven to his hotel on the Bahamas.
129 Ford Ranch Wagon (Ixo) From Russia with Love This car is driven by a son of Kerim Bey in Yugoslavia.
130 Wales & Edwards Rangemaster milk float (Ixo) The Living Daylights Long case. - Driven by Necros at Blayden Castle where Soviet defector General Koskov is being interviewed.
131 Chevrolet Bel Air police car (Ixo) Live and Let Die Long case. - Louisiana State Police car from the speedboat chase.
132 Lincoln Continental convertible (UH) Goldfinger On the airport, before Bond boards the presidential Lockheed JetStar.
133 Aston Martin DB5 (UH) Skyfall Bond's private car on a road in Scotland.
134 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow (UH) Moonraker Bond is driven from the airport to the hotel in Rio.
135 Aston Martin DB10 (UH) Spectre Bond being chased by SPECTRE assassin Mr. Hinx in his Jaguar C-X75 through the streets of Rome.

Throughout the collection, collectors noticed a number of errors both in the printed publication and the models themselves. Notable examples include


Robert Mainhardt and Art Biehl joined forces to form MBAssociates, or MBA, in order to develop Biehl's armor-piercing rocket rounds. Originally developed in a .51 caliber, the cartridges were self-contained self-propelled rockets with calibers ranging from .49 and 6mm to 20mm.

A family of Gyrojet weapons was designed, including the pistol, the carbine and a rifle, as well as a proposed squad-level light machine gun and a needlegun known as the Lancejet [3] however only the pistol and carbine were built. The space age-looking carbines and an assault rifle variant with a removable grip-inserted magazine were tested by the US Army, where they proved to have problems. One issue was that the vent ports allowed humid air into fuel, where it made the combustion considerably less reliable. The ports themselves could also become fouled fairly easily, although it was suggested that this could be solved by sealing the magazines or ports.

Versions of the Gyrojet that were tested were inaccurate, cumbersome, slow loading, and unreliable. At best, a 1% failure rate was suggested users quote worse figures, with many rounds that misfired the first time but later fired. Possibly these disadvantages could have been overcome in time, but the technology did not offer enough advantages over conventional small arms to survive.

The original designer Robert Mainhardt enlisted the help of his friend Nick Minchakievich of Pleasanton, California, before 1962, in helping to stabilize the projectiles or ammunition. Minchakievich first developed retractable fins after rear ignition proved too dangerous. But the retractable fins proved too expensive, requiring advanced machining during production. The two experimental calibers with retractable fins were 6mm and 13mm. [4]

Rushed for a solution due to the possibility of large government contracts, Minchakievich then invented diagonal vented ports to make the projectiles or ammunition spin while advancing, stabilizing the projectiles gyroscopically, in the same manner as a rifle. This method was used in all the Mainhardt calibers for the Gyrojet. Minchakievich warned Mainhardt that rushing the project would only make the pistol shoddy and unreliable.

Working for free out of his Livermore Aerospace Plastics Lab, Minchakievich requested six more months to perfect an accurate projectile, and make the Gyrojet more famous than the Colt Peacemaker. Mainhardt and the Air Force declined as current ordnance and technology was in demand for Vietnam. Minchakievich even attempted a marketing strategy by enlisting the help of Gene Roddenberry in using the pistol on Star Trek. Although Roddenberry loved the Gyrojet, he wanted a "ray gun" and not a pistol that merely shot a rocket projectile, no matter how advanced for the twentieth century. [5]

MBA projectiles are still found at building sites on Sycamore Creek Way and Happy Valley Road in Pleasanton where Minchakievich lived and did some experimentation.

The inherent difference between a conventional firearm and a rocket is that the projectile of a conventional firearm builds up to its maximum speed in the barrel of the firearm, then slows down over its trajectory the rocket continues to accelerate as long as the fuel burns, then continues its flight like an un-powered bullet. A bullet has maximum kinetic energy at the muzzle a rocket has maximum kinetic energy immediately after its fuel is expended. The burn time for a Gyrojet rocket has been reported as 1 ⁄ 10 of a second by a Bathroom Reader's Institute book [6] and as 0.12 second by "The 'DeathWind' Project". [7]

A firearm's rifled barrel must be manufactured to high precision and be capable of withstanding extremely high pressures it is subject to significant wear in use. The Gyrojet rocket is fired through a simple straight, smooth-walled tube of no great strength.

Accuracy is increased by spinning the projectile. This is achieved for a bullet by being forced against spiral rifling grooves in the barrel. A rocket does not have enough initial energy to allow stabilization this way. Spin stabilization of the Gyrojet was provided by angling the four tiny rocket ports rather than by forcing the projectile through a rifled barrel. Combustion gases released within the barrel were vented through vent holes in it. Spin stabilization is limited in accuracy as a targeting technique by the accuracy with which one can point the launching tube and the accuracy with which the orientation of the projectile is constrained by the tube. The technique requires the shooter to have a line of sight to their target.

The rocket leaves the barrel with low energy, and accelerates until the fuel is exhausted at about 60 feet (18 metres), at which point the 180-grain rocket has a velocity of about 1250 feet per second (380 m/s), slightly greater than Mach one, with about twice as much energy as the common .45 ACP round. [8] While test figures vary greatly, testers report that there was a sonic crack from some rounds, but only a hissing sound from others, suggesting that the maximum velocity varied from slightly below to slightly above Mach 1.

In 1965, the manufacturer of the pistol claimed 5-mil accuracy (about 17 MOA, or about 4.5 inches at 25 yards), worse than conventional pistols of the time. [9] However, in later tests accuracy was very poor the difference seems to have been due to a manufacturing flaw in later production runs which partially blocked one of the exhaust ports, creating asymmetrical thrust that caused the projectile to corkscrew through the air. [10]

About 1000 of the "Rocketeer" model pistols were produced a few saw service in the Vietnam War, and were featured in the James Bond book and movie You Only Live Twice, the Matt Helm film Murderers' Row, as well as one of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. novels, The Monster Wheel Affair. At about the same general size as the Colt M1911, the Gyrojet was considerably lighter at only 22 ounces (625 g), as the structure was mostly made of Zamac, a zinc alloy. The weapon was cocked by sliding forward a lever above the trigger to pull a round into the gun the lever sprang back when the trigger was pulled. The lever hit the bullet on the nose, driving it into the firing pin. As the round left the chamber, it pushed the lever forward again to recock it. The pistol lacked a removable magazine rounds had to be pushed down from the open "bolt" and then held in place by quickly sliding a cover over them on the top of the gun. Reloading quickly was impossible.

Tests in 2003 claimed that the acceleration, rather than being constant, started at a high value and decreased, leading to velocities at close range which were not as low as expected, about 100 ft/s (30 m/s) at 1 foot (30 cm) instead of the calculated 20 ft/s (6.1 m/s). The testers suggested that the (secret) manufacturing process was designed to achieve this effect. [8] However, independent analysis of those testers' own published data shows that their conclusions were incorrectly calculated. The projectile's acceleration actually started out low and continually increased over the bullet's measured flight. [11]

Gyrojet MkI Edit

Aside from a few Gyrojets tested by the United States military, [12] [13] most Gyrojets were sold on the commercial market starting in the mid-1960s. These were Mark I Gyrojets, which launched a .51 caliber rocket, and ammunition was costly to produce and buy.

Gyrojet MkII Edit

In 1968, the U.S. Gun Control Act of 1968 created a new legal term, the destructive device. Under the new law, any weapon firing an explosive-filled projectile over a half-inch in diameter was considered a destructive device and required paying a tax and obtaining a license. The registration process was changed several years later, but in the interim, MBA created the legal Gyrojet Mark II, firing a .49 caliber rocket. [10]

Gyrojet assault rifle Edit

Assault rifle variant with M16-type ergonomics tested by the US Army. [14] This variant had full auto capability and a removable grip inserted magazine. To increase ammo capacity, it is possible this rifle was chambered in the 6 mm caliber. [15]

Gyrojet carbine Edit

Came with a rifle type stock, pistol grip and scope.

Gyrojet Derringer Edit

Derringer pistol with an upper barrel chambered for the Gyrojet round.

Gyrojet flare launcher Edit

The Gyrojet principle was also examined for use in survival flare guns, and a similar idea was explored for a grenade launcher. The emergency-survival flare version (A/P25S-5A) was used for many years as a standard USAF issue item in survival kits, vests, and for forward operations signaling, with flares available in white, green, blue, and red. Known as the gyrojet flare, the A/P25S-5A came with a bandolier of seven flares and had an effective altitude of over 1,500 feet (460 metres). Its rounded-nose projectile was designed to ricochet through trees and clear an over canopy of branches.

Gyrojet Lancejet Edit

An underwater firearm variant of the Gyrojet called the "Lancejet" was considered for use by the United States military. It was planned and tested but not adopted the inaccuracy of the weapon eventually removed it from consideration. [16]

Gyrojet pepperbox pistol Edit

An experimental twelve-barrel Gyrojet pepperbox-type pistol [17] [18] was planned to be used, but was not, in the film version of You Only Live Twice. [19]

Gyrojet conversion gun Edit

The Studies and Observations Group (SOG) of the U.S. military in Vietnam in 1967 saw an opportunity to try out one of the SOG's new developments, a revolutionary rocket pistol called a "Gyrojet". In one test, a rocket round punched through an old truck door and into a water-filled 55-gallon drum, almost exiting its opposite side. SOG men also test-fired it through sandbag walls and even tree trunks. [20]

The pistol was featured in the 2021 video game Resident Evil Village as the Rocket Pistol.

The Chinese Army Is Going Full James Bond

These military autogyros will be used for special forces, search and rescue.

The Chinese military is putting a little-used aircraft concept to work. Looking like something out of the classic James Bond film You Only Live Twice , the Hunting Eagle gyrocopter is going into People's Liberation Army (PLA) service.

Developed by Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles, the Hunting Eagle is expected to operate in the search and rescue, border control, reconnaissance, anti-riot, and other roles. It will also be used to self-deploy Chinese special forces on missions into enemy territory.

Gyrocopters are different from helicopters in having an unpowered main rotor. A rearward-facing, engine-powered propeller provides thrust, and once sufficient speed is gained, the main rotor begins to rotate, providing lift. Gyrocopters were actually developed before helicopters, which at the time were thought technologically unfeasible.

Little is known at this time about the Hunting Eagle's performance specifications, in particular load carrying capacity and range. The Hunting Eagle has been developed in one-, two- and three-man versions. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is some grumbling online that the Hunting Eagle bears a very strong resemblance to German gyrocopter manufacturer MTO's designs.

Gyrocopters have never really taken off in Western military service, with most armed forces preferring the range and payload of full-size helicopters.

Unlike James Bond's "Little Nellie" gyrocopter, which was packed with everything from aerial mines to a flamethrower, the Hunting Eagle does not appear to have any built-in weaponry. Small and fragile, an gyrocopter can't take even the limited punishment a helicopter can and should avoid combat if at all possible.

One photo of the three-man version has a passenger carrying a shoulder-fired rocket launcher, but the weapon is likely just being transported firing from his seat, the soldier carrying the rocket launcher would likely fry his co-passengers.

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It’s appeared in episodes of The Simpsons and in a James Bond movie. Legendary pilot Amelia Earhart had one…and so did General Robert Wood Johnson, who used it during the 1930s. What was it?

Robert Wood Johnson’s autogyro in flight, from our archives, 1930s

So…now you know what it was, but still, what on earth is an autogyro, anyway? An autogyro is a forerunner of the modern helicopter, and it looks like a very small plane with a propeller and big rotor blades on top. If you’re interested in how autogyros work, there’s information at this site. And this site has a great old vintage British Pathe film from the days of Robert Wood Johnson’s autogyro, showing an autogyro taking off and flying (the flying part is about four minutes in). The old film gives you an idea of how noisy they were – and how maneuverable, as the autogyro buzzes riders on a horse-jumping course and a man riding a bicycle. Autogyros are still around today, but are used mostly for exhibition flying at airshows.

Robert Wood Johnson’s autogyro drawing the attention of a crowd, from our archives

So how did one of our former chairmen come to have an autogyro? It stemmed from his interest in aviation, and his constant search for new ideas. Robert Wood Johnson was so interested in aviation that at one point in the 1920s he even bought a biplane and flew it around the New Brunswick area. [Robert Wood Johnson, The Gentleman Rebel, by Lawrence G. Foster, p. 183]

If the biplane raised some eyebrows, then no doubt Johnson raised many more when he said in a newspaper interview that he was thinking of providing airplanes for all of the Company salesmen, so they could save time and improve their performance. [Robert Wood Johnson, The Gentleman Rebel, p. 182] (In case you’re wondering, that idea never came to pass.)

Johnson had actually developed a prototype amphibious biplane, which was tested but ultimately did not work out when the prototype landed badly on its second test, taking off from the bay at Keyport, N.J. and flying to New Brunswick for its first runway landing. A wheel strut snapped during the landing, the plane skidded down the runway, flipped onto its back, and skidded some more before crashing to a stop. Miraculously, the pilot was unhurt, but the plane was destroyed, ending Johnson’s hopes of bringing a new industry and aviation jobs to New Brunswick. [Robert Wood Johnson, The Gentleman Rebel, p. 184-185]

Johnson soon became interested in autogyros, which were brand new, and he began taking lessons on how to pilot them. He was awarded an autogyro pilot’s license – the first nonprofessional autogyro pilot’s license in the region (he had License #1), and the first one in Middlesex County, N.J. Johnson eventually bought a Pitcairn autogyro and was soon using it for business travel, because it was a quick and efficient way for him to get around. (Many executives at the sites he visited probably felt that it got him there a little too quickly and efficiently for their liking.) Johnson’s autogyro was small, with short wings that angled up at the tips, with two open cockpits. It had a propeller in front and four huge rotor blades like a helicopter. Although the only photos we have of it are black and white, our records tell us that the autogyro was green and white. In 1932, Johnson used his autogyro to visit Montreal, where Johnson & Johnson had had an operating company since 1919.

This was during the depths of the Great Depression, and the Company was looking for ways to increase its business. So in 1931 Robert Wood Johnson announced that he would visit 16 midwestern cities in which there were major wholesale drug customers. And to save time, because the Company’s Sales Department had given him a very full schedule, he would use his autogyro. According to an article in Sales Management, he planned to visit druggists in Fort Wayne, Chicago, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Joplin, Springfield, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Memphis, Evansville, Louisville and Atlantic City, all in a little over two weeks. Here’s what The Wichita Beacon said:

“In order to cover the territory as rapidly as possible, yet spend sufficient time in each city, Mr. Johnson is making the entire trip by air, using his auto-gyro so that landings can be made in places ordinarily inaccessible to the regular type plane.” [The Wichita Beacon, "Surgical Dressing Expert to Visit Here in Auto-Gyro," Sunday, October 11, 1931]

While autogyros may seem quaint or archaic today, in 1931 they were considered “…the most modern means of transportation at the command of the civilized world…” [The Wichita Beacon, "Here's How He Checks Up on Business," Thursday, October 15, 1931] Not only was Johnson’s mode of transportation on his economic fact finding tour considered cutting-edge and modern, so were his ideas and opinions. “Modern business…demands action and a first-hand knowledge of what is going on throughout the country. The day is past when you can run a business from behind a desk,” he told a Kansas newspaper. [The Wichita Beacon, October 15, 1931]

A rare photo from Hadley Field, NJ. showing the lighter side of General Robert Wood Johnson. Johnson (R) pretends to read a newspaper while sitting with pilot Ken Unger (a famous former WWI flying ace and former air mail pilot) on the frame of an autogyro waiting to be rebuilt.

Johnson’s love of aviation gave rise to one of the most famous General Johnson stories in the history of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. In his later years, Johnson was known for making surprise inspections at Company facilities. Many times, the local manager would receive advance word of the surprise inspection, and employees at the facility would race around hiding clutter and making sure that everything was up to Johnson’s exacting standards. The manager at one site decided to store some materials on the roof to get them out of sight during General Johnson’s visit. Unfortunately, Johnson came in by air that day. And the first question he asked the nervous manager was…you guessed it: what is all that stuff doing on your roof?

James Bond's Auto Gyro - HISTORY

The Wallis WA-116 autogyro, known as "Little Nellie" , was a helicopter that could lift twice its own weight, fly 210km/h and rapidly climb to 4100m - even though it weighed 110kg. This aircraft could take off in 30 yards of space at a minimum speed of approximately 20km/h. The autogyro was flown by James Bond in a movie featuring the flying exploits of agent 007.

Wallis Autogyros Ltd (Great Britain)

This small company was founded in 1961 by Wing-Commander K.H. Wallis and has produced an extremely wide range of special-purpose autogyros.

Wing-Commander K. Wallis flew his first autogyro in August 1961. After building nine single-seaters, construction of a two-seat variant — the WA-116T — was begun in 1969 he then tested a four-blade rotor and finally produced the WA-116F with which he won the closed circuit world record in 1974 in the 670.26km category.

Wallis autogyros have been powered by various types of engines, within the range 72 to 160hp (the latter is used in the two-seat Wallis WA-122) and have been employed for research programmes, including one promoted by Sperry Radar.

In 1983 development of a production version, powered by a Weslake engine, was under way in association with Vinten Ltd. Intended primarily for para-military use, including policing and survey work, the definitive aircraft is due to be certificated in 1984.

G.Apostolo "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters", 1984

The Wallis WA-116 Agile was a British single-seater ultra-light autogyro first flown in 1962, and subsequently seen in a James Bond film. The Wallis WA-116 Agile was powered by a McCulloch Model 4318A four-cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled engine providing a top speed of 185km/h and a range of 225km.

The Wallis WA-117 was a British single-seater ultra-light autogyro developed during the mid-1960's as an advanced version of the Wallis WA-116, powered with a 100hp Rolls-Royce/Continental O-200-B flat-four engine.

The Wallis WA-118 Meteorite was a British single-seater research autogyro first flown in 1966. The Wallis WA-118 was powered by a Meteor Alfa I super-charged four-cylinder radial air-cooled two-stroke engine providing a top speed in excess of 320km/h.

- The aircraft achieved the greatest fame was 'Little Nelly' in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice .

- For its starring role, 'Little Nelly' was armed with dummy air-to-air missiles, 44mm rockets, rearward-firing 'flame-throwers' and two machine-guns

- As well as the Bond movie, a Wallis design also appeared in and was used as a camera ship in The Martian Chronicles .

- A version built in conjunction with Vinten was designed for aerial photography.

- The WA-116 uses 27.5 metres of runway during its take-off run.

- The Wallis WA-122 can be transported in a container thanks to its folding rotors and landing gear legs.

- The prototype WA-116 was flown by Wallis for the first time on 2 August 1961.

- The WA-119 Imp was powered by an engine from the Hillman Imp motor car.

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JAMES KILSBY , e-mail , 27.10.2020 reply

Cleaning out in my workshop recently and came across two unmade Airfix Wallis Little Nellie kitsets . I am looking forward to constructing these models , I have had for many years . I have always found Ken Wallis and his Gyrocopters very very interesting over the years , and even though he left us in 2013 i still watch regularly the videos on line of him and his machines in action . I hope that interest in this most amazing man never waynes .

Where can i obtain this plan to build myself and the engine to run it?

In 1960s a known gent was flying the little nelly here in Srilanka.Then I was interested in B8 Bensen Gyrocopter which was simlple Tricycle type design. I have baught plans directly from Bensen in 1983. Its shows 50cc engine fixed to rotor for jump T.o but does not show how to assemble it.Does anyone has Drawings of this Item. because i like KITING than power gyro. Thanks.Nissanka.

Huh. Give her a composite shell and a low-noise motor, M60 machine guns, AIM-92 Stingers and lightweight rocket pods and the old girl might actually be practical as a covert scout aircraft! Hang on, let me email the MoD. -)

Nobody here has told the fact that the little Nelly and it's civil version are availlable virtually for Flight Simulator 9, and it works fine in FS X after updating it's panel. It can be downloaded from the specialized simulator sites such as flightsim.com or avsim.com I can help with the updating of panel.

has anyone ever seen details of the wallis rotor head i suspect it a simple offset gimbal with centrifugal teeter stops to control blade flapping during prespin any comments regards tony

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Hi i girish sutar form india.now i a doing diploma (E&C)last sem i want to make helicopter like in 3 idiot movie. would you explian me how to it. please with explication & How to make helicopter to fly and how to control it by remote and also by keeping wireless cam to it. so can you help me where can i find the rotors blade,motors,batteries and any other material(componet) need for that rc helicopter and images reply me please

Hi i girish sutar form india. I realy like this helicopter i want to make helicopter like in 3 idiot movie. would you explian me how to it. please with explication & How to make helicopter to fly and how to control it by remote and also by keeping wireless cam to it. so can you help me where can i find the rotors blade,motors,batteries and any other material need for that helicopter reply me please

dear sir i am student b.tech mechanical final
year and i am work this project please tell me.
how it possible send my email id which used part
and technical mesrument.please send every thing.

dear sir i am student b.tech mechanical final
year and i am work this project please tell me.
how it possible send my email id which used part
and technical mesrument.please send every thing.

Wankers.. You can't get plans. You sound like a bunch of kids screaming "I want one, where do I get it" Wake up, you idiots don't know the first thing about these machines..

like everyone else, i too would like to know the costs of the Wallis Autogyro. about 20-25 years ago my dad had an oppertunity to buy one for 500$ but passed and we are now curious about the todays price range of them. thank you

My Name is Ashkan Ghane (From IRAN)
I want buy Licence sell this Producte "Little Nellie" to IRAN.

Please send for me (by E-mail), Information & how buy licence & how buy this product (& price list).

tnx for your information.
Ashkan Ghane
April 01, 2009



I am a U.S. citizen (Monroe Georgia) What is the price
of the "littleNellie" ----. where can I buy one.
Dudley T.

I've enjoyed learning about Mr.Wallis' AutoGyro on the
History Channel Episode that has already aired at least
twice now! I want one for my private transportation depot!
Is the price per autogyro negotiable or fixed?!
-S.N.,AutoGyro Enthusiast in South Texas.

I NEED one of these. How much can I but one for? How do I go about getting one?

hello, sorry for my English I am French. I am impassioned by aeronautics and I would like to know if it would be possible for me to build a WA-116. thank you

James Bond Gadgets

Fleming’s novels and early screen adaptations presented minimal equipment such as the booby-trapped attaché case in From Russia with Love, although this situation changed dramatically with the films. However, the effects of the two Eon-produced Bond films Dr. No and From Russia with Love had an effect on the novel The Man with the Golden Gun, through the increased number of devices used in Fleming’s final story.

For the film adaptations of Bond, the pre-mission briefing by Q Branch became one of the motifs that ran through the series. Dr. No provided no spy-related gadgets, but a Geiger counter was used industrial designer Andy Davey observed that the first ever on screen spy-gadget was the attaché case shown in From Russia with Love, which he described as “a classic 007 product”.

The gadgets assumed a higher profile in the 1964 film Goldfinger. The film’s success encouraged further espionage equipment from Q Branch to be supplied to Bond, although the increased use of technology led to an accusation that Bond was over-reliant on equipment, particularly in the later films.

Davey noted that “Bond’s gizmos follow the zeitgeist more closely than any other … nuance in the films” as they moved from the potential representations of the future in the early films, through to the brand-name obsessions of the later films.

It is also noticeable that, although Bond uses a number of pieces of equipment from Q Branch, including the Little Nellie autogyro, a jet pack and the exploding attaché case, the villains are also well-equipped with custom-made devices, including Scaramanga’s golden gun, Rosa Klebb’s poison-tipped shoes, Oddjob’s steel-rimmed bowler hat and Blofeld’s communication and bacteriological warfare agents vanity case.


From Russia with Love

Q (standing for Quartermaster), like M, is a job title rather than a name. He is the head of Q Branch, the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service. Replacing actor Peter Burton, who portrayed Major Boothroyd in the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962), Llewelyn's quartermaster makes his first appearance in From Russia with Love (1963) and provides James Bond with a standard issue attaché case. He explains how the case functions and notes its hidden features, such as a throwing-knife, anti-tampering mechanism with a magnetised tear-gas cartridge (disguised as a tin of talcum powder), and fifty gold sovereigns concealed in the lining of the case. Also included was an Armalite AR-7 folding sniper-rifle with an infrared scope and .25 ACP ammunition. Notably, real-life AR-7s fire a .22 Long Rifle cartridge. It is quite possible that Q has modified a normal Armalite AR-7 to accept .25 ACP cartridges.


007 is briefed by Q in the Q Branch lab, as seen in Goldfinger (1964).

In Goldfinger, Q replaces 007's Bentley 3½ Litre with an Aston Martin DB5, implying that the vehicle had been provided by Q Branch, rather than being Bond's personal vehicle as per the Ian Fleming series of novels. The DB5 was equipped with bullet-proof windows, revolving number plates, smoke screen projector, oil slick dispensers and twin Browning machine guns all operated via a set of trigger switches hidden under the arm rest. Notably, he also reveals the vehicle's most fantastical feature - a passenger ejector seat, triggered by a switch concealed in the gear-stick. Bond is incredulous, remarking that the quartermaster must be joking. With complete seriousness, Q famously replies "I never joke about my work, 007."


In Thunderball, Q - dressed in an outlandish blue Hawaiian shirt with pineapples - makes his first appearance in the field, travelling to the Bahamas to personally outfit Bond with his equipment. He demonstrates a modified Breitling Top Time wristwatch and an underwater camera (both containing built-in Geiger counters), an underwater propulsion unit (with harpoon-launcher), a compact flare pistol, a radioactive homing pill (designed to be ingested), and a miniature rebreather which provides Bond with four extra minutes of air whilst diving.

You Only Live Twice

Q demonstrates Little Nellie's improved features to Bond, as seen in You Only Live Twice (1967).

In 1967's You Only Live Twice, Q makes his second appearance in the field to supervise assembly of the Little Nellie auto-gyro. Frustrated with 007's remarks, the quartermaster retorts that his journey to Japan has been long and tiring, probably pointlessly so, and consequently he is not in the mood for the spy's quips. He implies that Bond has used the auto-gyro before off-screen and notes that Q Branch have made some improvements in the interim. Judging from Q's briefing and Bond's reactions, the aircraft's weapon systems appear to have been the subject of the changes with machine guns, flamethrowers, aerial mines, rockets and heat-seeking missiles equipped for 007's reconnaissance of SPECTRE's launch site.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

An unusually avuncular Q congratulates the married couple, as seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

Q briefly appears in the pre-title sequence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, during which he attempts to pitch to M the idea of improving the Secret Service's obsolete equipment via miniaturisation. As an example, he presents radioactive lint, which he notes could be utilised for antipersonnel and tracking purposes. M, however, is more distracted by 007's lack of progress on Operation Bedlam and wants to know his present location.

At the end of the film, Q is seen in attendance at James and Tracy's wedding. He congratulates him and confesses that he had thought him rather irresponsible in the past, but on this occasion he has no reason to complain. Giving him a friendly pat on the back, Q notes that while they haven't always seen eye-to-eye, he offers his assistance if Bond ever needs anything. As the married couple depart, Q walks over to the teary Moneypenny and dusts off the hat which Bond had thrown her in a parting gesture, noting that he "never had any respect for government property."

Diamonds Are Forever

In Diamonds Are Forever Bond assumes the identity of diamond smuggler Peter Franks with the help of Q, who provides him with false fingerprints off-screen. Bond telephones Q after meeting with his contact in the diamond-smuggling pipeline, Tiffany Case and voices his appreciation. The quartermaster informs 007 that Franks has killed his captors and escaped, leaving Bond to run after Franks without hanging up. Later, Q joins Bond in Las Vegas and provides him with a voice alteration machine for mimicking Blofeld's deputy and casino manager, Bert Saxby. Bond remarks that the inventor had surpassed himself, although Q admits that he had constructed a similar device as a plaything for his children the previous Christmas. While Bond rescues Whyte House owner Willard Whyte, Q makes use of the casino's slot machines to test an electromagnetic RPM controller ring which he had been aching to try out.

The Man with the Golden Gun

Q and Colthorpe examine the bullet Bond has recovered, as seen in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

The character did not make an appearance in 1973's Live and Let Die, aside from a brief mention when Moneypenny hands Bond his magnetic wristwatch, which Q had repaired off-screen. His next appearance would be in The Man with the Golden Gun, where he identifies the golden bullet which Bond recovered from Saida and gives him the name of its manufacturer: a gunsmith named Lazar. Later, Q travels to Hong Kong, along with M and Professor Frazier. The three prepare to meet with rogue solar energy scientist Gibson on-board the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth to discuss his return to Britain. However, before they can meet, the scientist is shot by assassin Francisco Scaramanga. Brought on-board the ship, Bond is briefed by the men and suggests infiltrating likely culprit Hai Fat's mansion by posing as Scaramanga. To facilitate this, 007 asks Q to create a prosthetic third nipple to match the assassin's deformity.

After a fellow operative, Mary Goodnight, is kidnapped by Scaramanga and Nick Nack in Thailand, Bond returns to the Queen Elizabeth. During the debriefing, M incredulously mocks the fact that Scaramanga escaped in a flying car prompting Q to explain that, not only is is plausible, but Q Branch is actually developing a similar vehicle. He is promptly told to shut up. Bond also mentions that Q's homing device has failed to locate Goodnight and Q, frustrated at the criticism of his equipment, cuts him off by asserting that they simply need to step up the reception sufficiently, only to be told by M to shut up again.

The Spy Who Loved Me

Promotional photograph of Q, Bond and the Lotus Esprit, as seen in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

In The Spy Who Loved Me, Q temporarily operates out of a hidden workshop in Egypt where he is trialing several gadgets, including a metal tea tray capable of decapitating a dummy. Bond and Soviet agent Anya Amasova seek out his assistance when their recovered microfilm plans turn out to be incomplete. Analysing the film, Q and his team determine that one of its plans was drafted in Italy and further analysis by Bond reveals a partially concealed stamp of the Stromberg Shipping company, narrowing the search to Karl Stromberg's marine laboratory in Sardinia. On arriving in Sardinia, Q delivers Bond's new Lotus Esprit by ferry and is greeted by Anya as "Major Boothroyd". He cautions Bond and attempts to explain the vehicle's features to him, but is promptly cut off in mid-sentence by the spy's "Q, have I ever let you down?". As he throws the Esprit into gear, the frustrated quartermaster slams the driver's door shut, retorting "frequently!" Later, at the end of the film, Q was among M and KGB General Gogol to see 007 and Amasova in the escape pod's bed the first of several awkward moments in the film series.


During the initial briefing scene in 1979's Moonraker, Q presents aerial footage of the Moonraker crash site and notes that no trace of the shuttle itself was found among the wreckage of its transport. He provides James with a wrist-mounted dart gun, triggered by flexing the wrist muscles. Bond, in typically cavalier fashion, tests it out in M's office by firing a dart into a nearby painting prompting a frustrated "be careful, will you?".

Later in the film, Q is present at a Q-Branch workshop concealed in a Brazilian monastery. Bond finds him in the courtyard trialling a pair of explosive bolas prompting a puzzled "Balls, Q?" double-entendre from the spy. The pair meet with M, where Q explains that the toxin 007 had found in Venice comes from a rare orchid indigenous to the Amazon jungle. Presumably he provides Bond off-screen with the boat he subsequently uses to search for Hugo Drax's base of operations. At the end of the film, Q is present in the mission control centre in Houston and assists with establishing an audio-visual link with Bond and Dr. Goodhead's shuttle. Unaware that the pair are making love on the screen behind him, Q innocently responds to the Minister of Defence's disgusted "My God, what's Bond doing?" with "I think he's attempting re-entry, sir."

For Your Eyes Only

Q also appeared in For Your Eyes Only, where an assistant named Smithers tests an arm cast battering ram when Bond comes in, wanting to identify a man who payed Melina Havelock's parent's killer and when 007 observes an umbrella that can bring out stings when wet, Bond jokingly asks "Stinging in the rain?" Which Q doesn't find funny. Bond was also amazed at how Q Branch managed to get Bond a new Lotus after the old one was destroyed. They head into the identification room and Q was annoyed when 007 pressed a few buttons on the code after finding it catchy. During the identifying, Q makes the nose look bigger making Bond say "A nose, not a banana, Q" which Q apologises and also accidentally makes the lips to small.

This took several hours and he told the last assistant to go home, saying he will lock up. After the description, they manage to identify him as Emile Leopold Locque. After Bond and Melina managed to escape from Aristotle Kristatos, Bond went to a church where Q, disguised as a reverend surprises Bond by removing his fake beard and informs him where Kristatos might be. After Milos Columbo killed Kristatos, Q managed to contact Bond, who was about to go skinny dipping with Melina, via his watch and connected him to the Prime Minister, but Bond left the watch on Melina's pet parrot's perch and the parrot insulted the Prime Minister. Thinking Bond went mad, they try to contact him but the parrot throws the watch in the ocean.


Q being kissed by Octopussy's girls

Q appears in the field in Octopussy, very unhappy because of Bond as India has no proper facilities. 007 asks Q to fix his dinner jacket and give him a new gun, which he has his assistants do. Q shows him and Vijay a rope that could extend skyward when a button was pressed, but it malfunctions. After observing Smithers' successful demonstration of a thorn laced door, He puts a homing device and hearing piece in the Faberge egg and gives Bond a pen that can dissolve all metals and hear into the device. He was furious when Bond played with a camera on a lab tech. After getting his jacket back, Q had work to do and Vijay asks if he can help him and accepts. He observes Octopussy's island while Bond was on it and Vijay took over while Q took a break. By the time Q came back, he found Vijay wounded and before he died, Vijay managed to inform Q it was Kamal Khan's men. He later aids Bond in infiltrating Octopussy's old compound in a hot air balloon, although he is left behind to be kissed by girls that he saved from a henchman with a gun and when Bond departs to save Octopussy.

A View to a Kill

Q appears again in A View to a Kill. At the film's conclusion, he uses a portable camera device to find Bond when he was presumed dead, eventually finding him in the shower with Stacey Sutton, Q contacting M to inform him that Bond has been discovered but requests that they leave Bond alone for the moment.

The Living Daylights

Q, Bond and Miss Moneypenny observe the ghetto blaster test.

In The Living Daylights, Q helps (false) defector Georgi Koskov by getting him into a plane and back to London. After a failed attempt to find the sniper that Bond doesn't kill, he shows him and Moneypenny a gadget that Q Branch is making for the Americans "It's called a ghetto blaster!"

After Koskov was 'captured' by Necros, Bond comes down to Q who gives him a key ring finder which beeps when Bond whistles. The key ring can give off stun gas when Bond whistles 'Rule Britannia' and can explode if Bond does a wolf whistle. Before 007 could do the wolf whistle, Q stops him and before he went off after being called by Moneypenny, Q shows the key ring has a lock pick that can open 90% of the world's locks.

Along the way, Q has a tech to sit down on a couch and when the tech sits down, the couch soon swallows him and turns around to look like nothing was on it. After finding the identity of the sniper, Bond ran out as Q came in, taking the Aston Martin V8 Vantage with him and tried to warn Bond that the car "just had a new coat of paint."

Licence to Kill

In Licence to Kill, Moneypenny asks Q to go to Isthmus, under the pretense of being on leave and assist James who went rogue after being fired from MI6. He went to 007's hotel, posing as James' uncle. When James and former pilot Pam Bouvier, posing as Ms. Kennedy, came back from Franz Sanchez' casino and going in the hotel elevator, Pam gives James one of her Beretta 950 Jetfires and when James rings the doorbell, Q prepares to open it and Bond barges in and pushes Q into a chair and as Q gets up and explains his reasons, Q shows James some plastic explosive and when the door opens, Pam comes in waving another gun and James introduces her to Q as his cousin and Q kisses her on the cheek. He soon shows them a signature gun, disguised as a camera that can only take Bond's palm print and Pam soon gets out a camera and Q tries to warn her not to "use the flash!", but it was too late and a laser appears and hits a picture and Q soon grabs it from her and scowls her for fiddling with the camera.

Bond soon tries to get into the master bedroom with Pam but when she closes the door, Bond goes into the other room with Q and says "I hope you don't snore, Q." Posing as Bond's driver, Q waited while 007 sets the plastic explosive onto Sanchez' office window and soon drove him to the vantage point and was forced to leave him. After James was captured by the Hong Kong Narcotics and was rescued by Sanchez, James soon escaped Sanchez' place with the help of Sanchez' girlfriend Lupe, Q was told to try and leave but soon after Pam and James talked about her mission and soon helped Bond by putting back the $5 million that Bond stole and frames Milton Krest for the theft and after being dropped off by Bond, Q and Pam left to head back to the hotel.

The next morning, Q and Pam were informed by Lupe that Sanchez has hired Bond and takes him to his drug factory. Q informs Pam, via a rake with a radio, posing as a Mexican gardener and after informing Pam, he tosses away the rake and walks away.

Then after Bond killed Sanchez and was reinstated into MI6, Q also attends the party and when Pam ran down to the pool side and Bond jumps in after her, Q looks at the two and soon just finishes his drink, scowling before he goes back to the party.


In GoldenEye, James comes down to Q Branch to see Q in a wheelchair with a cast on his left leg and asks if it was skiing but Q soon fires a rocket from the cast into a wall and grins as he replies "Hunting." 

He shows James a BMW Z3 and after Bond joked about the Stinger missiles, Q reminded him that he has "a licence to kill, not to break the traffic laws." He also shows 007 a leather belt that has a rappelling cord designed only to support Bond's weight. During the belt gadget talk, Bond played with a laptop and soon closes it as Q asked if he was finished and they soon see a tech getting squished in an airbag payphone booth.

Q in a wheelchair, later revealed to be a gadget.

He also shows James an x-ray document scanner, disguised as a dinner tray. Q then showed James a pen which is a Class 4 grenade, three clicks arms the four second fuse, another three disarms it. When Bond pressed it three times, he jokingly asks "How long did you say the fuse was?" which Q soon snatches the pen back and disarms it while saying "Oh, grow up, 007." He shows the pen's demonstration and after it explodes and Q warns Bond not to say the joke, Bond just says "The writing's on the wall?" Which Q soon laughably replies "Along with the rest of him." After they witness a tech get airborne by and ejector seat, Q asks James to return some of the equipment in pristine order and soon discovers James touching a sandwich roll, Q takes it from him, saying "Don't touch that! It's my lunch!"

Tomorrow Never Dies

In Tomorrow Never Dies, Q, posing as a car rental salesman, appears to Bond to sign the insurance damage waiver and after being told about the dangers, Q tells him to bring the car back to him. Q soon shows him a BMW 750iL and tells him about the car's weaponry and also added a female guide voice and showed him a phone to drive the car. After accidentally denting the back of the car while using the phone remote, Q gives the phone to James who drives the car out of the warehouse and back and slows it down in front of Q and James thinks that they understand each other and Q just says "Grow up, 007" and walks away.

The World Is Not Enough

Q groans as 007 steals his boat.

In his final film The World Is Not Enough while working on a boat, he sees James run past Q Branch to try and stop Sir Robert King from getting his money, but was too late. When the assassin gets away in a boat, 007 steals the unfinished boat and ignores Q's yelling as James soon chases after the assassin.

Q was frustrated when James destroyed the boat, he was hoping to use it for his retirement (away from 007). He introduced Bond to his successor by bringing him in from the 8-ball table elevator along with a BMW Z8 which 007 jokingly asks "If you're Q, does that make him R?" After R talked about the car and said "rather stocked" than "fully loaded" and also reminds R that he wasn't in Q Branch to think, he was in it to do what Q told him. When R went to put on a ski jacket for demonstration, Q was annoyed at R's tutorial on how to put a jacket on, rather than pulling a tag on the jacket and Q pulls it, causing R to be trapped in an inflatable ball. Before going down, Q gives 007 two final things, never to let them see him bleed and always have an escape plan before he activates the 8-ball elevator and is lowered down, never to be seen again.

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