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    Sale 4431

    50 Years of James Bond: The Auction (On Line)

    28 September - 8 October 2012, Online

  • Lot 23

    The World is Not Enough


    The World is Not Enough
    - A pre-production replica BMW Z8 Roadster made for The World Is Not Enough

    Silver with black interior. Engine; 350 Chevrolet V8 ZZ4 crate motor. Gear Box; Tremec 5 speed manual. Suspension; Jaguar front and rear. Brakes; Hydraulically Operated Disc and drum with discs on the front and inboard discs on the rear.

    The BMW Z8 was first produced in 1999 and, at the time of filming, BMW only had a prototype shell and a running test car ready, so provided Propshop at Pinewood Studios with the shell and designs to make replica kit cars for the film. The bodywork was moulded from BMW's prototype shell and was made in two pieces to eliminate gaps in the hood and trunk. As the team had only eight weeks to build the car, any unnecessary extras were removed.

    Two kit cars and one shell were made for the film. The shell was destroyed during filming; the other surviving car remains in the possession of EON Productions and is on display at Bond in Motion, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu until December 2012.

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    We first see the Z8 in the film at MI6 headquarters, introduced by John Cleese as R, Q's assistant "I dare say 007 that you've met your match with this machine... the very latest in interception counter measures, titanium armour, a mutli-tasking heads up display and six beverage cup holders, all in all rather stocked". Bond then drives the car through the Azerbaijan oil fields to the site of Elektra King's pipeline. At the docks outside Valentin Zukovsky's caviar factory in the Caspian Sea, we see Bond remotely controlling the car with the keys to drive towards him so he can get in. Bond activates the car's side missiles to successfully shoot down one of King's helicopters, just as another buzzsaw helicopter flies in from behind, slicing the car in half from back to front. As Bond gets out of the car he quips "Q's not going to like this".

    Post Lot Text

    This vehicle is not sold as a means of transport and no promise is made that the vehicle is of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose or roadworthy. If the successful buyer subsequently decides to use the vehicle as a means of transport, he/she is responsible for all tests and repairs and any other legally required formalities that are necessary to convert this vehicle from a collector's item to a roadworthy vehicle.

    Interested buyers are advised to contact Christie's staff to obtain the Condition Report for this lot. While any description of the vehicle or its condition is given honestly and with appropriate care, Christie's staff are not vehicle specialists and it is the responsibility of the buyer to carry out such inspection as the buyer thinks necessary before bidding.

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    All proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated to Unicef.