Oct 20, 2019
Notable Yachts in James Bond Movies
The films depicting the dangerous life and adventures of international spy James Bond are known for showcasing all kinds of unique vehicles including high-end cars and luxury yachts. Cars from brands like Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, and Bentley often take center stage in the 007 films. However, performance boats and stunning yachts have also been given time to shine.
With much of the action taking place in the world-renowned paradises of the world including the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the opulent yachting lifestyle enjoyed by the world’s elite has often been depicted. The recent James Bond films starring Daniel Craig have featured some of the most memorable vessels in the franchise. Here are three of the most notable yachts in James Bond movies.
Previously named the Regina, this 56-meter sailing yacht features in a particularly tense scene between Bond and Bond girl Severine. The short-lived couple sail on the yacht to a deserted island off the coast of Macau owned by villain and cyber-terrorist Raoul Silva, which would, unfortunately, become the place of Severine’s death. An elegantly styled neo-classic steel schooner, the Aria I was launched by Spanish yacht builder Med Yachts in 2011. Her 5 staterooms accommodate up to 12 guests, while her vast deck spaces allow for easy outdoor entertainment. The Aria I is available for charter starting from $73,000 per week.
This 54-foot wooden sailing yacht was custom built by British contemporary wood yacht builders Spirit Yachts for the 2006 film. James Bond sails this vessel through the canals of Venice with mysterious Bond girl Vesper Lynd. Designed with the ability to be de-masted in order to go under the city’s numerous bridges, the Spirit was the first sailing yacht to go up the Grand Canal in 300 years.1 Mahogany topsides and teak decks are the finishing touches to the vessel which features two double cabins, a spacious living area, and well-equipped galley.
“Bond is obviously famous for his taste in classic cars like the Aston Martin, so the production team was looking for a quality build. That’s why they came to Spirit. Every yacht in the Spirit portfolio is entirely crafted in wood, so they ooze quality and classic elegance. It was a great opportunity to showcase British craftsmanship.” – Nigel Stuart, Managing Director of Spirit Yachts2
In the movie, Bond and Vesper cruise through Venice in a rare moment of simple relaxation for the couple. The international spy casually steers the ship, while his Bond girl of the moment sits on the deck and takes pictures of the beautiful city. Unfortunately, the city would become the place of Vesper’s death. Perhaps, Bond girls should avoid James Bond yachts. The audience will continue to enjoy the yachts in James Bond movies.
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1. Viju Mathew, Robb Report – Own James Bond’s 54-Foot Racing Yacht from Casino Royale
2. Epoxycraft – SPIRIT 54: A BOND GIRL WITH A DIFFERENCE