James Bond's "Moonraker"
Any Glastron fan, or James
Bond fan for that matter, should see the 1979 film Moonraker.
The boat that James Bond
drives in the 1979 movie "Moonraker" (above) is a 1978
or 1979 CV23HT
"HT" is for hardtop. The
'78 and '79 models sold to the general public came in either metalflake
blue or metalflake bronze. Special CV23HTs were produced for the movie
in a silver gray metalflake.
CV23s were introduced in
1976, but the hardtop model was new for 1978. It would return only for
1979, probably because of the release of the new hardtop Scimitar.
The CV23 non-hardtop would
continue a successful run all the way through at least 1988.
The boat in the movie is
sometimes mistaken for the Scimitar (see pic at far bottom for comparison)
; but upon closer inspection it becomes clear that this is the CV23HT.
The most obvious differences are the large hatch in front of the windshield
and the high bowrail encircling the front half of the boat. Also, the CV23HT
has a 2 piece (both flat)windshield and the Scimitar has a single piece
1978 Glastron CV23HT
Moonraker customized CV23HT
seen from above
There were 3 boats that
chased Bond's CV23HTin the movie. They were 1978 SSV-189 models.
'78 SSV-189 from '78 Glastron
Below: 1980 Scimitar
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