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Behind the scenes: First look at James Bond's Spirit 46 sailing yacht in No Time to Die

8 September 2021 • Written by Miranda Blazeby

The first behind the scenes images of the modern classic Spirit 46 sailing yacht set to star in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die have been revealed.

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The 14 metre sailing yacht features in the film, which catches up with Bond following his departure from active service. Instead, he is enjoying retirement in Jamaica on board his Spirit 46 sailing yacht.

Built by UK yard Spirit Yachts, the Spirit 46 is characterised by long overhangs and flush decks, can reach 18 knots underway and handles with the performance of a regatta racing yacht, the builder said.

The appearance of the yacht continues a long-running partnership between the Bond franchise and Spirit Yachts which began in the 2006 film Casino Royale. In Daniel Craig’s inaugural outing as the British spy, a 16.5 metre Spirit 54 is seen cruising into Venice with James Bond and Vesper Lynd on board.

"The James Bond films are a mainstay of British culture and we are honoured to be continuing our partnership with such an iconic brand,” said Spirit Yachts chief executive and head of design Sean McMillan. “The Spirit 46, he added, is “one of the original Spirit Yachts designs”.

“I think the yacht suits the Bond character very well because of the combination of beauty and practicality,” he added.

No Time to Die will be released in UK cinemas on September 30 and in the US on October 8.