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

Large passenger vessel that takes James Bond (Sean Connery) across the English Channel to Holland in Diamonds Are Forever, riding above the water on a current of air. In the real world, the last hovercraft to ply the channel was retired from service in October 2000, its end undoubtedly hastened by the completion of the Channel Tunnel in 1994.

Several one-man hovercraft—air-cushion assault vehicles—are featured during a high-speed chase in the pre-credits teaser of Die Another Day. These craft are utilized by renegade North Koreans to navigate across the mine-strewn demilitarized zone between the two countries, where they’ve secreted an arms trove. The chase involves Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Zao (Rick Yune), who is working with rogue North Korean army colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee).


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