James Bond's Underwater Scooter

James Bond's Underwater Scooter

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Video game appearances

The Walther PPK appears in the beta version of the 1997 video game GoldenEye 007, but in the release version, the name was changed to the "Wolfram PP7" for trademark reasons, as with all guns in the game. Subsequent video games kept the tradition.

"Service Revolver", as seen in the James Bond 007 manual (1998).

Likely modeled on the Walther PPK, the "pistol" in the 1998 Nintendo Game Boy game James Bond 007 is represented by a blocky handgun sprite. Interestingly, the game's instruction manual describes the weapon as the "Service Revolver", despite clearly depicting it as a PPK-esque semi-automatic handgun. The game's most basic weapon, Bond is first equipped with the pistol in London (and can find it in almost any level afterward). He can carry a maximum of 99 rounds of pistol ammunition, which can be replenished by collecting loot boxes from fallen enemies.

In the N64 version of the game, with the use of cheats, there are two variants of this weapon: The Silver PP7, which fires bullets that penetrate similar to the Cougar Magnum, and a Gold PP7 that fires bullets as if they were being fired from a Golden Gun.

In 007 Legends, the Walther PPK can be unlocked through cheat codes or as a pre-order bonus.

The most useful gadgets in the history of James Bond

It&rsquos hard to imagine James Bond&rsquos films without his nifty tools. Look, think about some of his dire situations. Without a doubt, explosive glasses, X-ray glasses, underwater gadgets, and cameras will immediately come to mind. All these fascinating gadgets have always played a very vital role.

When we think of James Bond, we immediately conjure images of scorchingly beautiful ladies, cutting edge technology, fast cars, and the suave gentleman himself, who was able to take La Chiffre in Casino Royale (2006).

Many of the Bond films feature adult settings such as gambling at casinos. This is not something you need to be James Bond to do, however, you can do it with your own gadget, your phone! Using casino bonus offers you can find at a casino you will be able to play for free or get a bonus when you make a deposit. This means you can play safely from your home, without the risk of a shootout or car chase.

Well, it turns out that although these gadgets have often proved to be critically useful, some of them inherently outdated. If you are a fan of Bond&rsquos films, you already know that his career began more than sixty years ago. So, with technological improvements, some of them might no longer make sense now.

Nevertheless, we are taking a look at the historical context review of Bond&rsquos fascinating gadgets. Why does this matter? Considering them in their historical context paints a picture of Bond&rsquos rich cinematic tradition with gadgets over the years.

The Aston Martin car

Let&rsquos face it! Although the Bond franchise has introduced many cars including BMW and Audi, Aston Martin remains James Bond&rsquos favorite car. But here is the interesting part of it. If you thought his love for Aston is because of the classy looks, you are wrong.

The car has amazing add-ons that make it classy and useful in equal measure. To mention a few features, the car has bulletproof windows, a display that tracks homing devices, and headlights that can pop up machine guns.

But that&rsquos not all. It also has a little spout at the back that shoots oil to slip up enemies. The amazing part of it is the fact that when Bond crosses borders, he doesn&rsquot have to change plates. They auto-rotate depending on where Bon is at any given time.

His Sony Ericsson phone

It might look outdated now, but it was useful in the late 90s when it was the classiest phone in the market. It had lots of functions useful for Bond in many ways. Think about any of his 1997 films, and you&rsquoll realize that the Ericsson phone helps him a lot.

The phone could scan fingerprints, make calls effectively to any part of the world, and he could also drive his car with it. The best part? Bond could also use it as a stun gun when in trouble.

The coolest part of it is that Bond could control his luxury sedan with his phone.

Car invisibility cloak

Bond&rsquos favorite Aston Martin got a cool upgrade in the Die Another Day film. If anyone stood near it, it would look as though they were looking through it to the other side. A cloaking device gave Bond the power of invisibility that made it hard for his enemies to spot him.

But, of course, some of his enemies became smarter than the technology. For instance, Zao, his enemy is clever enough to beat the power of the invisibility cloak. He uses thermal vision to locate the car. But even when Zao shoots the car, Bond is wise enough to use the dead car to sneak up to his enemies&rsquo side.

X-Ray glasses

X-Ray Glasses were first used in A View to a Kill in 1985. However, the use was limited to just viewing through tinted glasses. A few years later, the technology saw a cool upgrade in the 1999&rsquos The World is Not Enough film when Pierce Brosnan uses them at a mob-run casino. But still, how Brosnan uses these glasses remains limited, unlike Bond.

Bond uses them in many interesting ways. His x-ray glasses give him the power to see any weapon that&rsquos hidden undergarments. He even occasionally ogles some women owing to the power of his glasses.

In one of his interesting scenes, Bond uses his glasses to identify an enemy henchman together with his weapons. He man-handles and disarms the guy using the intelligence from his x-ray upgraded glasses, something he wouldn&rsquot have done without them.

False fingerprints

When things get hot, and he has to take undercover as a diamond smuggler, Bond uses another nifty tool fake fingerprints. Usually, when there is such a situation, the bad guys don&rsquot just believe what the good guys taking undercover say. They have to verify by all means.

In the Diamonds Are Forever film, Bond puts on fake fingerprints, and it works in his favor. Tiffany Case, a diamond smuggler discreetly takes a glass that Bond touches to test them using her fingerprint machine at home. The outcome verifies that, indeed, it&rsquos Peter Franks yet it is Bond posing as Peter Franks.

Ring camera

The use of a ring camera comes out when Bond has to investigate Max Zorin, a businessman known for his bad deals. To get facts from Zorin, Bond uses a fake identity to get access to one of Zorin&rsquos garden parties. It&rsquos while at the party that Bond uses the incredibly small ring camera to gather intelligence on Zorin.

His spy game paints a picture of a man who&rsquos smart to gather vital information secretly. For instance, he places his glass of champagne strategically while holding the camera to point directly at anyone he wants. He then takes photos without anyone noticing him.

Wrapping it up

In a nutshell, it is hard to imagine Bond without his nifty tools. He uses them in almost all his films, and it&rsquos always cool. While there are other gadgets including skyhook, his briefcase, whistle-activated keychain, and Omega Seamaster wristwatch, what we&rsquove reviewed in this article takes the centre stage in Bond&rsquos films that span over six decades.

#6 Mercury Cougar


When Bond is on the run in Piz Gloria without his Aston, he has to rely on his future wife Tracy Di Vicenzo, and her red Mercury Cougar. With the help of rally studs for added traction on the icy roads, Tracy proves to be a competent driver, out-cornering the henchmen trying to shoot them down. In order to lose the tail, Tracy enters a stock car race track, and after a few laps manages to escape, leaving the henchmen upturned in an explosive crash.

One partner attempted bizarre underwater escape. The other just admitted everything.

SACRAMENTO — An Oroville man admitted guilt to conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of a $35 million Ponzi scheme Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Kenneth Winton, 67, pleaded guilty to the charge, which was related to an indictment for another case, United States v. Piercy, which charges Matthew Piercey, 44, of Palo Cedro, with with wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and witness tampering. The charges against Piercey are only allegations currently, and he is presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott’s office, court documents show that Piercey carried out an investment fraud scheme between July 2015 and August 2020 that yielded approximately $35 million in investor funds. The indictment alleges that Piercey set up companies named Family Wealth Legacy and Zolla to solicit funds from investors, using a number of false and misleading statements.

“For example, Piercey solicited investor money for an ‘Upvesting Fund’ that allegedly was an algorithmic trading fund with a history of success, but he admitted privately to an associate that there was no Upvesting Fund,” the release stated.

The website for Family Wealth Legacy at is still active. Winton’s name and photo appear on a website page listing him as the president of Family Wealth Legacy.

According to the release, Piercey recruited Winton first as an investor, then assisting with raising investor funds and later taking on management responsibilities with Zolla.

The part of the scheme that Winton was responsible for, either in the form of investors making investments or forgoing the option to withdraw funds, total approximately $11.6 million.

Court documents suggest Winton conspired with Piercey by also making false and misleading statements, such as the success of Zolla’s investment strategies, why payments were delayed to investors, as well the location, value and nature of Zolla’s investments.

It is alleged Piercey and Winton used some investor money to pay other investors in the Ponzi scheme, totaling approximately $8.8 million, and used other money from investors for business and personal expenses, including two residential properties and a houseboat.

Court documents also say Piercey discouraged some investors from responding to grand jury subpoenas brought forth as part of the investigation, which was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Piercey made national headlines after he tried to elude federal agents by jumping into Lake Shasta and attempting a James Bond-like escape on an underwater scooter on Nov. 16. Piercey was later apprehended in the area and is currently in custody.


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California fugitive attempts James Bond-like underwater escape. His bubbles give him away.

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A Northern California man wanted in an alleged Ponzi scheme led federal agents on a car chase and then jumped into Lake Shasta and attempted to flee using an underwater scooter.

The Yamaha 350Li underwater scooter allegedly used by Matthew Piercey. (U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Matthew Piercey, 44, was arrested Monday by law enforcement officers who followed his trail of bubbles as he was pulled through the lake by the handheld motorized device, said a news release from the U.S. Attoney’s Office in Sacramento.

Officers had sought to take Piercey into custody near his home in Palo Cedro, a few miles east of Redding. He eluded them, speeding through a residential neighborhood, occasionally going off-road, and then along Interstate 5 to the lake.

He had an underwater scooter, also known as a diver propulsion vehicle: a battery-powered submersible device that can tow a person at 3 or 4 mph. The Yamaha model Piercey used weighs 19 pounds and sells for about $1,200.

He remained in the water for about 25 minutes and was apprehended when he emerged. Paramedics determined he was not suffering from hypothermia, and agents brought him dry clothes they had obtained from his wife, the report said.

The arrest followed a grand jury’s Nov. 12 indictment that charged Piercey with wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and witness tampering. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said he had defrauded investors of about $35 million through his companies Family Wealth Legacy and Zolla.

Charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud was Kenneth Winton, 67, of Oroville, who had initially been an investor and then allegedly began working with Piercey to solicit more investments.

Piercey and Winton used about $8.8 million of the money to pay other investors in a “Ponzi scheme.” Much of the rest they used for “various business and personal expenses, including two residential properties and a houseboat,” the news release said, adding: “Few, if any, liquid assets remain to repay investors.”

Piercey is to appear in court Tuesday and Winton on Thursday.

Piercey faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines of at least $250,000 to $500,000 for each count.

Winton faces a penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of at least $250,000.

US man fails Bond-esque underwater escape from FBI using 'sea scooter'

Matthew Piercey, 44, a California man accused of financial crimes, briefly evaded justice when the FBI tried to arrest him on Monday morning.

He first fled by car and then used a sea scooter to hide from agents underwater in a frigid lake.

Agents watched his bubbles on the surface for around 25 minutes before he emerged and was handcuffed.

He is accused of leading a $35m (£27m) Ponzi scheme at his local church.

Sea scooters, also known as diver propulsion vehicles, are underwater devices that can pull a person wearing scuba gear. They were used for the underwater battle in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball and have been employed by real-life militaries around the world.

Officials said that when they moved in to arrest Mr Piercey he fled in a pickup truck, twice driving off the road. He was then seen jumping in to the lake near the city of Redding with a strange device in his hand.

Police later learned that the model he used, a Yamaha 350Li, can reach speeds of 4mph (6.5km/h) and can travel at depths of 100ft underwater.

"You never know what is going through someone's mind when they're being pursued by the FBI," said lawyer Josh Kons, who is representing several victims of the alleged fraud.

"And we kept investigating, and all of a sudden today, here he is trying to escape into a lake, using a submersible device."

After Mr Piercey emerged, police medics examined him for hypothermia and gave him dry clothes they had collected from his wife, according to the Sacramento Bee news website.

Investigators say that he and his business partner Kenneth Winton used funds invested in their companies, Family Wealth Legacy and Zolla, to pay for personal expenses, and that few liquid assets remained for them to return to clients.

Mr Piercey is charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and witness tampering and is facing 20 years in prison.

Jill Masterson (Goldfinger)

While Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton, ultimately isn't one of the greatest characters in the Bond series, she does have one of the most memorable sequences of all. Specifically, in Goldfinger, she is the woman who is turned gold while lying in bed and waiting for her lover 007 to return. So while we can all agree that looks aren't everything, Jill provided a striking image that has become one of the more iconic in cinematic history, so we would be remiss if we didn't include her in this list.

These are only a mere few of the great Bond girls seen throughout cinematic history, and as the franchise continues, there will likely be more to in the future, including one or two in the next film, No Time to Die. Or maybe this is set to be end of the Bond girl era, as Bond is potentially set to become a woman herself in the future. Time will tell what the future holds for the franchise. We are sure you have your favorites too. Let us know your picks in the comments below.

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    James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 sells for $6.4 million at Pebble Beach

    One of the most famous movie cars of all time – James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 – sold at auction Thursday night for $6.4 million.

    The car, one of just three surviving examples commissioned by Eon Productions for the early Bond films and fitted with all the M16Q Branch gadgets, was sold by RM Sotheby's during the Pebble Beach car week. It sold just above its auction estimate of between $4 million to $6 million. RM Sotheby's declined to comment on the buyer.

    "No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture," says Barney Ruprecht, a car specialist with RM Sotheby's, which specializes in high-end collectible vehicles.

    This particular car didn't wind up in any Bond films. It was used for promotional purposes for "Thunderball" — the 1965 film that was the fourth in the series and starred Sean Connery. But the car has all the gadgets made famous by the car's appearance in "Goldfinger."

    Painted in snow-shadow gray, the car is equipped with theatrical front and rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, a Browning .30 Caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-shredders, a rear bullet-proof screen, an in-dash radar-tracking scope, dispensers for oil and smokescreens out the bach, revolving license plates and, of course, the passenger-seat ejection system famously used on Goldfinger's henchman.

    It also has a telephone in the driver's side door and a hidden compartment that can store weapons.

    First purchased by British collector Lord Anthony Bamford, the car was later bought by the Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee, where it was on display for 35 years.

    Watch the video: My James Bond 007 Thunderball wetsuit using underwater scooter (June 2022).


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