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James Bond 007 Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine
James Bond's Lotus Esprit Submarine from "The Spy Who Loved Me".
About this creation

UPDATE :

Just adding some old photos I found, of the model halfway being built :)





(The photos are after description, if you can't be bothered to read)

Hi,

Here it is; James Bond's white Lotus Esprit transforming submarine-car from "the spy who loved me" ; one of the most famous Bond cars; second only to the Aston Martin DB5.

I was half considering building this; when, coincidentally, I was invited to join a contest group to make a film car... that plus I got quuite bored the next day meant I got persuaded to make yet another car :)

This one's different to my usual cars though; for starters, it's smaller (16-wide... yes, to me, that's small) , and since it was for a competition I limited myself to only using parts I already had, to avoid ordering new bits and waiting forveer for them to turn up in the post. Also, unlike my other cars, since this is a Bond car, I wanted to make it 'properly' and include as many gadgets as I could from the car in the film.

The first lot of photos show it in submarine mode; with the four side fins replacing the wheels, the guns on the front and the torpedo in the back.

The second batch of photos show it in it's normal car form; with the nearest wheels I could make, the guns coming out of the rear number plate holder, and a couple of interior shots. You can also see the spare wheel and opening doors in a couple of the pictures.

I hope you like this as much as I liked making it ! Personally, I think this is definately my best "less than 24hrs" model to date :)

Dan


































P.S. If you are looking to buy lego for your creations, I would like to recommend the following Bricklink lego shop ; "About Town, Castle & Train" ( http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=stacey_love )
I personally know the shopholders, and they are very nice, devoted people. They are currently sponsoring 100% of my 1/3 Lamborghini project, providing all of the parts; and have made various other donations to other models I have made.
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Comments

 I like it 
  November 10, 2013
Really really great! I love it! 5/5
Dan the Man
 I like it 
Karl M
  September 10, 2012
This is double-o heaven : a great build.
 I made it 
  August 21, 2012
Quoting Jim Morrissey Dan, you are the Man! This is the best car I've ever seen, and you've portrayed the gadgets and whatnot nicely. Morrissey, James Morrissey. Duh Nuh Da Duh!
Thanks a bunch, glad you like it :) I really ought to make more fun models like this, instead of just a massive one once or twice a year...
 I like it 
  August 21, 2012
Dan, you are the Man! This is the best car I've ever seen, and you've portrayed the gadgets and whatnot nicely. Morrissey, James Morrissey. Duh Nuh Da Duh!
 I like it 
  December 23, 2011
very nice car !!!!! great work !!!!!
 I made it 
  June 4, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera This is a great recreation of one of the best Bond cars. You've done a great job, the back looks especially convincing :) Just noticed the Lambo Cala. I used to have a massive poster of this on my wall when i was a kid, an especially beautiful concept, shame it never made production. until now ;). Can't wait to see the finished article :)
Thank you :) I can't wait either... though it isn't going to happen anytime soon, unless somebody decided to donate parts or money :( Big projects come with big price tags unfortunately, and I just don't have any money... I think it'll have to wait until university is over and I have a job :( Wow, wish I had a Cala poster lol... didn't know they even made them ! - Dan
 I like it 
  June 4, 2011
This is a great recreation of one of the best Bond cars. You've done a great job, the back looks especially convincing :) Just noticed the Lambo Cala. I used to have a massive poster of this on my wall when i was a kid, an especially beautiful concept, shame it never made production. until now ;). Can't wait to see the finished article :)
 I like it 
  February 25, 2011
I love this car!
 I like it 
  June 20, 2010
Cool! This car has come up in conversation twice today, once with another Lotus, and again with a Bond Aston Martin DB5. So I did a search, and here it is: Nice!
  September 30, 2009
Nice work - Great eye for detail! Makes you wonder why Lego never brought out an 007 theme?? Imagine...The DB5 - Z8 - AMC Hornet (OK that was a joke - but the 'Corkscrew' jump was something else!!) Go for it....
 I like it 
  September 27, 2009
Nice! looks some much like the orginal. The wheels on this are perfect. Great work!
 I made it 
  July 31, 2009
Quoting Eric Sophie Hi, I am just getting familiar with your creations! I like this one!
Thanks ! Though smaller than my other cars, I really like this one myself, maybe because I'm a Bond fan :) It was fun to build, with all the transforming bits and stuff... hopefully I'll be able to finish my Bugatti and TVR soon, too...
 I like it 
  July 31, 2009
Hi, I am just getting familiar with your creations! I like this one!
 I like it 
  July 12, 2009
i like this, very nice
 I made it 
  July 10, 2009
Quoting Tyrant Mecha The thing that amazes me the most is that you've put the steering wheel on the left side, in european fashion. Oh wait, you're British! Well, that's not quite as unbelievable then, but still a great moc!
haha , yes, I'm english, but in england we have right hand drive cars. I've lived in france for the past 8 years so I probably built the car LHD without thinking, as I'm used to cars being LHD in france. I seriously didn't realuize it; and now you mention it, james bond is english; and so is lotus; so this car is probably built wrong and should actually be RHD... **** that; if it didn't have the complicated steering mechanism, I might have changed it, but I can't be bothered now lol...
 I like it 
  July 10, 2009
Very cool! This looks great! Very nice job! Keep up the good work.
 I made it 
  July 8, 2009
Quoting John the Imaginative Very nice overall, just that it could use some SNOT work.
Everyone has their own style :) to me, SNOT just mean more lego used, which means more cost. Besides that, I rleady used about all my white tiles on this lol :)
 I like it 
  July 8, 2009
Very nice overall, just that it could use some SNOT work.
 I like it 
  July 8, 2009
I think you capture the profile of the car beautifully -- too bad about the engine, but it's not really necessary for this. The submarine mode is terrific. Maybe you could build one of the mini-subs (or were they scuba sleds?) from the film to recreate the underwater chase scene.
Dan the Man
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  July 7, 2009
hm perhaps you can make a space ship TVR
 I like it 
  July 7, 2009
Excellent work!! Really great detail. All of the cars I've made with LDD are just stuff I make up, I don't know how to build anything based on actual cars-maybe you can drop some hints? anyway, great work!!! keep it up!!!
 I like it 
  July 7, 2009
WOW ! Ca c'est un choix de modéle original ! Et comme en plus c'est trés reussi... J'avais cette Lotus faite par "Corgi" je crois, au 1/24eme, quand j'etais petit, et c'etait l'une de mes "petites voitures" préférées. Trés beau travail, que ce soit pour le mode aquatique ou routier !
 I like it 
  July 7, 2009
Dan, you did perfect on this! I remember seeing the movie with this a while back. (I thought it was a Porche or somthing lol)
 I like it 
  July 7, 2009
Fantastic work as usual, looks so realistic specially the normal version... I like your classic techniques on building your models, just keep it that way >>> peace.. Firas
 I made it 
  July 7, 2009
Thanks for all the comments and ratings and stuff, I'm really happy you like this ! Oh, I forgot to point out it's got working steering too :) That's a simple functionality I always like to add in all my cars whenever they're big enough. Tony asked about the engine. Well, erm, no. For reference, I didn't just use photos on the net, but also my 1/18 diecast esprit (exactly the same model year, but dark green and no gadgets) , and to keep it easy, since the engine was hel in a space that was 6x6 studs big and 1 brick deep; I thought it would just be simpler to buuild the engine cover out of some slopes, as you can see. It's on my model so it's a standard piece for the car :) I could have tried, but there's not much engine you can fit in a small space like that... Fred asked if I was planning any more movie cars... well, the lambo, bugatti and TVR are all on hold (the last two are now both 99% finished just ,need some parts ordered from bricklink), and I'll be posting them as soon as I can (but that won't be too soon). Hopefulyl they'll have nicer photos, too. I tried to get a nicer background than usual be draping a sheet over my couch so the background was all one colour for the Lotus, but if anybody's good at photography and can tell me how I can make 'proper' photos for this, please let me know !) So... in the meantime, I don't know what I'll build :) I love lego but I have many other hobbies too, so it just depends what I feel like doing at any given time. To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what my next lego model will be... I had an idea for a big spaceship, but since the TVR took up all the good parts I'll have to leave that idea (and TVR comes first lol) In fact, I have been wondering about making another 1/9 car; also a very special, extremely rare car in real life, and also one of my favourite cars.... though no promises, I'll have to see what I can do :) Dan
 I like it 
  July 7, 2009
Very detailed Lotus.The Lotus Esprit is one of my favorite cars.Nice to see that you ´ve build one.The front is very cool.
  July 7, 2009
Dan, I send you an invitation for the Movie and Television group, this car should really be in there. Greetings, Fred.
 I like it 
  July 7, 2009
Absolutely great car, I was planning one but you were quicker (also in building time;) The submarine mode is the best version ofcourse. So, any ideas for other movie cars????
Dan the Man
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Darcy Guerin Hanlon
  July 6, 2009
so whens that other going to finished
 I like it 
  July 6, 2009
Nice car. Caught my eye immediately.
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  July 6, 2009
Epic win.
 I like it 
  July 6, 2009
Cool!
 I like it 
  July 6, 2009
Great job, Dan! This is easily recognizable as an Esprit. Great car! I like that you made the submarine version in addition to the road version. Is there any possibility of an engine compartment? Great work! Keep building! -Tony
 I like it 
  July 6, 2009
incredible like always. 5/5 JG
 I like it 
  July 6, 2009
Nice job!
 I like it 
  July 6, 2009
Looks great!! Very realistic, even in normal 'car' mode. 5/5
 
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