Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

A method of airborne transportation used by James Bond (Roger Moore) in both Live and Let Die and Moonraker. In actuality, the idea originated with Diamonds Are Forever screenwriter Richard Maibaum. In one of the early drafts of that film, Bond uses a glider to find Marie, the woman who knows the whereabouts of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (in the film, Bond strangles her with her own bikini top until she gives him the information).

Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz later used the same sequence in Live and Let Die when Bond (Roger Moore) hang-glides his way from the cabin cruiser of Quarrel Jr. (Roy Stewart) to the cliff-top sanctuary of Solitaire (Jane Seymour). In Moonraker, Bond is piloting an armored motorboat in South America and is about to go over the falls, but he escapes in another hang glider that lands him gently in the jungle—not far from the secret rocket base of Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale).


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