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Topic: Thunderball S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Tow Sled

OPERATION: THUNDERBALL  S.P.E.C.T.R.E. TOW SLED

In 1965 SPECTRE’S plan for world domination was thwarted by Agent 007 James Bond leading an underwater squad of Para-Marines against a legion of SPECTRE agents led by Emilio Largo.

A captured M.O.S nuclear bomb was guarded by teams of SPECTRE divers being pulled along by the use of self-propelled tow sleds with twin-mounted compressed air spearguns.

These tow sleds were manufactured by Jordan Klein whose job as ‘Director of Underwater Engineering’ was to provide the underwater props used in the film.

Originally there were 14 of the sleds built for the production company of which now only two exist. One of them is owned by the Ian Fleming foundation and is currently displayed in a Bond exhibition tour while the remaining one was owned by Jordan.

In 2005 I attended the New York National Boat show held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York hosting “the Boats of Bond’ exhibit. Many of the actual vessels used in the films were displayed by the Ian Fleming Foundation.

Upon seeing the tow sled on display I noticed that the spearguns mounted on the sled were not the same as the ones used in the film.

In 2007 I met Doug Redenius (Vice President of IFF) at Hofstra University while attending a Bond symposium and alerted him of that fact. I advised Doug that I had acquired the correct spearguns that were used in the film and he contracted me to supply them with resin copies. Doug contacted Jordan who confirmed they were the correct ones as were used in the film. These duplicates were supplied to the IFF who proceeded to mount them on the tow sled they had acquired and currently on display at ‘The Bond in Motion Exhibition’

I was later contacted by Jordan who also requested a set be provided for him to use on the last remaining tow sled from the film.
Jordan recently sold his sled to ‘Prop Store’ (http://www.propstore.com) who will be putting it up for auction in their upcoming auction catalog.

In closing, I am proud to say that the only two surviving tow sleds used in the film are now mounted with my copies of the correct spearguns and are ready for action should SPECTRE decide to try to once more face Bond in an underwater battle.
Ed Maggiani – TheSpyBoys.com

This is the Tow sled prior to having the correct spearguns mounted
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp3_zps8cf9ef1a.jpg
,,,and here she is ready for action as if she came right out of the film
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp6_zpscaa07c23.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp7_zps6d03887c.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp5_zps7b905ab4.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/t2_zpsf8da87e4.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp8_zps323076f1.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp9_zpsa9b46822.jpg
Here are some pics of the speargun replicas I supplied to the Ian Fleming Foundation.
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp10_zps25696415.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp11_zpscd35f79f.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp12_zpsbda7f924.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp16_zps293ceac9.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp17_zps2f9051aa.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp13_zps34fa82f8.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp14_zps301abafb.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp15_zps2acf1236.jpg
I am currently producing the short barreled version used by the Aqua Para-Marines as well Bond himself.
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp18_zps347e6ccd.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp19_zps0fda9317.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp20_zps86d35982.jpg
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w29/TheSpyboys/007-TB_SpectreTowSled-RealProp21_zpsc0c0f40a.jpg

Last edited by thespyboys11 (7th Sep 2014 11:26)

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WOW ! Truly amazing work and craftsmanship.  ajb007/cheers

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Thanks!!!  Very appreciated.
Ed

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Nobody does it better .... Than Ed, a prop genius  ajb007/martini

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Such amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail - superb !  ajb007/amazed  ajb007/martini

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Awesome work Ed.  Just fantastic!  I need one of those Aqua Para Marine's short barreled spear guns!  I need it bad!!

DG

So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
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...and have one you shall......soon.
Need to buy some resin and start castings.
And just think...your resin copy will be from the same mold as the one on Jordon Klein's original Tow Sled as well as the one on the other surviving Tow sled in the Ian Fleming Collection...pretty cool.
Ed

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Wow. Truly incredible work here. Amazing piece, very well done  ajb007/martini

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Thanks, Moose!!
I see you're in Philly. We should get together one day.
Ed

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Not that the replicas don't look incredible, but why not go with the actual spear guns; are they that hard to find? I've had several of the TechniSubs -- not working, of course, probably why there are a fair number of those on the market -- which are the same era.

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They look the dogs Ed  ajb007/cheers

Trust No One

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PoorMansJB

These are probably the rarest spearguns in existence, and probably illegal in some countries.  I've never seen one come up for sale, and I know Ed lucked out on the one he has.  I've only seen one come up on EBay of the same make but the incorrect model and if memory serves it went for a couple of $k.  These are without doubt the holy grail of spearguns.

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http://s11.postimg.cc/orws65977/4_Chicago_257.jpg
Fan dreams do come true. God bless Maggiani and Redenius! Here's to you, fellows.

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Brilliant work Ed! What sharp little eyes you've got...
Tom

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Beyond the guns, do we know who did what restoration to which sled? The IFF sled looks quite different from Prop Store's offering.

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What spectacular work, Ed.  Thanks for posting the pictures and providing the back story on the sled displayed at the Bond In Motion exhibit.

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Ed - just wondered looking at the photo's do you use a length of metal pole for the majority of the spearguns and resin parts to go on each end or do you use resin for the entire gun... just wondered as I'm no prop maker - I can just about make my bed each morning... but the amount of work that must have gone into taking a mold from the original guns and then casting the duplicates makes my mind boggle  ajb007/insane  but once again this is a testament to your amazing work.

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Oh Man!  Now I have to write a grovelly email and postpone my lifesaving operation! ;-)

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My email is: thefudds@aol.com........and I can perform whatever operation you may need.
Ed

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Incredible work, and a superb write up and presentation.

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Aston Martin DBS wrote:

Ed - just wondered looking at the photo's do you use a length of metal pole for the majority of the spearguns and resin parts to go on each end or do you use resin for the entire gun... just wondered as I'm no prop maker - I can just about make my bed each morning... but the amount of work that must have gone into taking a mold from the original guns and then casting the duplicates makes my mind boggle  ajb007/insane  but once again this is a testament to your amazing work.

Hi,
Thank you for your kind words they are very appreciated.

Yes, all the parts are resin except for the barrel. I use either a brass or aluminum tube for strength because a resin barrel would be too fragile.  I also use the tube so I can insert a replica spear into the tube so you can display it with or without the spear in the tube.  I also make it so the trigger is movable. I insert a tiny spring inside a hole that the trigger pin protrudes from so that the trigger can move the pin in and the spring forces it back out.  All the screws are real steel screws. I also replace the resin speartip with a real one.
Ed

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PoorMansJB wrote:

Beyond the guns, do we know who did what restoration to which sled? The IFF sled looks quite different from Prop Store's offering.

No, unfortunately, I don't have names but I believe it was done by the Prop Store in L.A.
Ed

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Matt, that looks like the Doug Redenius / Ian Fleming Foundation tow sled. They are (incorrectly) equipped with Sagitarius spearguns. That's the sled I first provided my resin versions for and is the one now on display at the Bond in Motion exhibit.
Ed

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That shot is from 2001, long before you stepped in, Ed.
Again, curious who did the work here and which is the more accurate tow, this, or the Prop Store listing?

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Exactly! I met Doug in 2007 and he contracted me to supply if IFF Tow Sled with the correct spearguns.

Brandon from the Prop Shop said "We had top repaint it, as it had been done again in the wrong colors. Fortunately, when we took off the access panel on top, the original silvers and reds were still under the lid"

--Ed