18/11-2000, updated 24/3-2014 by PS
'Little Nellie' is a Wallis military type WA-116/Mc (XR-943) flown by the designer Wing Commander Ken H. Wallis, who doubled for James Bond in the exciting aerial sequences. The 'Smoke & Flame ejectors' mounted on the tail, were jettisoned immediately after being used in the first part of the 'aerial combat'.
In 1966, Wg. Cdr. Wallis was approached by the makers of the film who were searching for a worthy successor to the already famous Aston Martin. While the flying sequences were being filmed on location in Japan, the East China Sea and Spain, 'Little Nellie' made some 85 flights. In addition to the complete working James Bond armoury, the autogyro sometimes carried the large 'Panavision' camera.
The autogyro is amazingly manouevrable and very stable. It can fly in any wind conditions. The prototype flew through a storm on the coast of Brazil in 1966, which the Aviation Authorities said no aircraft could survive.
Wg. Cdr. Wallis holds every Absolute World Record for autogyro performance. 'Little Nellie' (G-ARZB) is still airworthy and was being flown by Wg. Cdr. Wallis until 2013.
Wing Commander K. H. Wallis MBE DEng(hc) CEng FRAeS FSETP RAF(Ret'd).
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