With two framed black and white prints showing James Bond, wearing the present Rolex, and Solitaire tied to a hoist in Kananga's lair and James Bond unzipping Miss Caruso's dress by using the hyper intensified magnetic field of the watch. Furthermore delivered with Syd Cain's original production drawing showing the functioning of the different features, "Live and Let Die" video tape and Christie's South Kensington 14 February 2001 "James Bond" auction catalogue.
The present Rolex wristwatch, equipped by the famous "Q" for James Bond with the most remarkable features, was the principal gadget in "Live and Let Die". The two most notable tools were doubtlessly the hyper intensified magnetic field powerful enough to deflect the path of a bullet even at a long range and the buzz saw, both used by Bond with positive results at climatic instants in the movie.
Designed by art director Syd Cain, the watch is one of the exceedingly rare timepieces modified to be used in a film. It has been specifically adapted for the buzz saw feature by cutting the bezel's edges into sharp teeth and modified in order for it to rise to maximum height before spinning (see Cain's production drawing). In Syd Cain's original design, the buzz saw is activated by compressed air blown through a tube onto specially constructed vanes, causing the bezel to rise and rotate. James Bond used the saw feature with dramatic results in one of the movie's most exciting sequences when cutting through the rope and escaping with Solitaire (Jane Seymour) from the hoist in Kananga's lair just before the villain's plans to feed them to the sharks could be carried out.
The magnetic feature was similarly used to full effect by Bond in his final confrontation with Dr. Kananga. It also provided some of the movies' more humorous moments when Bond, at the beginning of the film, uses it to unzip Miss Caruso's (Madeline Smith) dress. Her remark about the delicacy of his touch gave rise to 007's typically sardonic response "Sheer Magnetism, Darling".
The present Rolex ref. 5513, modified by the famous Q Branch, is certainly the most memorable Submariner to appear in movies and must be considered a veritable trophy not only for the watch aficionado but also for the amateurs of cinematography, of James Band in general and most particularly of Sir Roger Moore who after all wore it in "Live and Let Die's" most exciting scenes.
Syd Cain (born Sidney B. Cain on 16 April 1918 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England) is a British production designer and art director who has worked on more than 30 films, including four in the James Bond series in the 1960s and 1970s. He gained international fame for being the set and gadget designer for the these early James Bond movies, notably the present Rolex Submariner but also the lethal spiked shoe wielded by Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) in "From Russia with Love" and Bond's briefcase which concealed an AR-7 sniper's rifle, 40 rounds of ammunition, a tear gas canister disguised as talcum powder, 50 Gold Sovereigns and a throwing knife for the same movie.
Syd Cain's early live included some spectacular action as well, particularly following his service as a pilot in World War II: in 1945, freshly released from hospital in England after treatment of his injuries from a crash landing causing a broken neck and damages to the spine, both legs and some ribs, he was sent to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as an instructor. During a storm on a hot afternoon his living quarters were struck by lighting and he was saved in extremis by his "boy" who dragged him free from a burning thatched roof.
Since his retirement, Syd Cain is concentrating on his hobby, writing and illustrating children's and other stories often based around events in his life.