James Bond's submarine car sold

Jaguar XKR, the villian's car in the James Bond film, Die Another Day.
Jaguar XKR, the villian's car in the James Bond film, Die Another Day.
Jaguar XKR, the villian's car in the James Bond film, Die Another Day.
Jaguar XKR, the villian's car in the James Bond film, Die Another Day.
The BMW Z8 roadstar used in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
The BMW Z8 roadstar used in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
People look at cars including a BMW Z8 that was used in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
People look at cars including a BMW Z8 that was used in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A BMW750iL that was used in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and a Tuk-Tuk taxi that was used in Octopussy in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A BMW750iL that was used in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and a Tuk-Tuk taxi that was used in Octopussy in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Rolls-Royce Phantom III that was used in the James Bond film Goldfinger in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Rolls-Royce Phantom III that was used in the James Bond film Goldfinger in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
James Bond (Sean Connery) leans on the Aston Martin DB5 from the movie Goldfinger.
James Bond (Sean Connery) leans on the Aston Martin DB5 from the movie Goldfinger.
James Bond actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers with the Aston Martin DBS for the filming of Casino Royale (2006).
James Bond actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers with the Aston Martin DBS for the filming of Casino Royale (2006).
The BMW Z3 from the James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995).
The BMW Z3 from the James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995).
Sunbeam Alpine Series 5 from the James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962).
Sunbeam Alpine Series 5 from the James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962).
The Citroen 2CV (yellow vehicle) from the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only (1981).
The Citroen 2CV (yellow vehicle) from the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only (1981).
The Lotus Esprit from the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
The Lotus Esprit from the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan poses for photographers with the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for the filming of Die Another Day.
James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan poses for photographers with the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for the filming of Die Another Day.
The BMW 750 iL from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
The BMW 750 iL from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Actress and former "Bond Girl", Britt Ekland, poses for photographers with an Aston Martin DB5 from the James Bond film Goldfinger at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
Actress and former "Bond Girl", Britt Ekland, poses for photographers with an Aston Martin DB5 from the James Bond film Goldfinger at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
Visitors walk past a Ford Mustang Mach 1 from the James Bond Film Diamonds are Forever at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
Visitors walk past a Ford Mustang Mach 1 from the James Bond Film Diamonds are Forever at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A man looks at the two Aston Martin DBS that were used in the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A man looks at the two Aston Martin DBS that were used in the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace at the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A musuem visitor looks at the Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond film Goldfinger in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A musuem visitor looks at the Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond film Goldfinger in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Aston Martin DBS that was damaged in the making of the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace on display in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Aston Martin DBS that was damaged in the making of the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace on display in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II that was used in the James Bond film A View To A Kill in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II that was used in the James Bond film A View To A Kill in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
People look at cars, including a roofless Renault 11 TXE that was used in the 1985 James Bond film A View To a Kill in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
People look at cars, including a roofless Renault 11 TXE that was used in the 1985 James Bond film A View To a Kill in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Lotus Esprit S1 that was used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A Lotus Esprit S1 that was used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A BMW750iL that was used in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
A BMW750iL that was used in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
The revolving number plate on the Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond film Goldfinger in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
The revolving number plate on the Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond film Goldfinger in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
People look at cars, including a roofless Renault 11 TXE that was used in the 1985 James Bond film A View To a Kill in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.
People look at cars, including a roofless Renault 11 TXE that was used in the 1985 James Bond film A View To a Kill in the Bond In Motion exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of vehicles used in the films.

The ''submarine car'' used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me has sold for £550,000 (NZ$1.07 million) at auction, less than had been expected.

The white Lotus Esprit, which transformed into a submarine during a sequence in the 1977 movie starring Roger Moore as 007, had been expected to sell for between £650,000 and £950,000, according to RM Auctions.

Bidding started at £100,000 in an auction which ran live on the internet.

Known as ''Wet Nellie'' on the set of the film, the fully operational submarine car was among the contents of a storage unit in Long Island, New York, which was bought by a couple in a ''blind'' public auction in 1989.

Although six Esprit body shells were used in filming, only one was converted into a submarine car, RM Auctions said.

''We have a great track record in selling incredible and iconic movie cars, and this particular Lotus is certainly up there amongst the most famous cars of all time,'' RM Managing Director Max Girardo said in a statement.

The auction house previously sold the Aston Martin DB5 used by Sean Connery as James Bond in the Goldfinger and Thunderball movies for £2.9 million in 2010.

SURFACING: Lotus Esprit submarine car from James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.
SURFACING: Lotus Esprit submarine car from James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.

Reuters