Elon Musk Intends to Convert a James Bond Movie Prop Into a Functional Submarine
Elon Musk, the billionaire who co-founded PayPal and is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is fast-becoming this generation’s Howard Hughes. Amidst envisioning the Hyperloop, a high-speed rail that could connect commuters between San Francisco and Los Angeles in just a half-hour, Musk has also recently set his sights on another very socially-significant engineering project: turning the amphibious vehicle from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me that he just bought into an operative submarine.
“I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform,” Musk told the LA Times. “What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.”
The disappointment presumably had something to do with the $989,000 he bid for the vehicle, but given his engineering acumen, the “defect” should be fixed soon. Either way, it’s an enviable problem to have.