The latest thing to turn Chinese – James Bond’s car (WiC368)

Li Shufu’s great car chase

Geely swoops for James Bond carmaker as its bid to go global continues.


The cachet of carmaker Lotus likely peaked in 1977 when its Esprit model featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. The sleek white sports car was modified to do all sorts of things for James Bond, such as spraying oil into the path of chasing vehicles. Indeed, the car was arguably the star of the movie thanks to the memorable scene in which a pursued Bond drives it off a jetty into the Mediterranean, to the palpable shock of his passenger, a typically stunning female.

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