29/4-2001, updated 10/3-2012 by MS & PS
Aki\'s company car in Tokyo. First seen when Aki rescues James Bond, and secondly when they are persued by the villains. Aki uses the onboard television system to require assistance from her boss. He sends a helicopter. It removes the villains in their car by hoisting the car using a magnet. The villains in their car are later dropped in the ocean!
Rumours has it, that the actress Akiko Wakabayashi playing the role of Aki couldn\'t drive a car, so all the closeups were made as bluescreen. In the scene where Aki rescues James Bond, when he is fleeing from Osato\'s office building, the car was pulled by crew members using a cable.
Very nice car, with superb look and technical innovations, like independent suspension, four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes and special Yamaha engineered straight six-cylinder 2,0 litre engine (originally taken from popular Toyota Crown).
Only 351 cars were produced (1965-68), mainly in white or red colour. Other sources says production was 337 cars. This number includes 2 convertible cars specially made - or adapted - for the Bond movie, due to Sean Connerys height not allowing him to fit into the ultra-low coupe version. In fact Toyota never produced a 2000 GT convertible. The coupe was extremely low, just 45.7 in (116 cm) to the highest point of the roof...also filming the roofless version was much more easier.
Toyotas price was really high, beating even Jaguars and Porsches at that time, although company didn\'t score profits selling this model. Currently supposed owner of this Asian beauty must be prepared to involve few hundreds thousands of dollars for a bid to realize his dreams.
The original movie car was renovated and its currently placed in museum at Toyotas headquarters in Japan. The second unit was resprayed blue, and is believed to have been used for racing-circuit testing in Japan. Its current status is unknown, although it is believed it may have been scrapped in the early 1970s. Some rumours say the car is in the private collection of a Toyota executive.
The James Bond Museum of the Dezer Collection (North Miami and Las Vegas, USA) shows a replica of the You Only Live Twice car, fitted with the original communications device interior panel from the vehicle used in the film.
Sony communications console containing:
The Essential Bond, Lee Pfeiffere & Dave Worrall, Boxtree, 2000, page 60 and 62.
Airfix construction kit.
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