story of the Disco Volante, Mr. Largo´s ship in the fourth Bond
Thunderball, the fourth James Bond film starring Sean Connery
was a huge success already in its opening year 1965 and is, to
date, the most financially successful movie in the series.
(Adjusting for inflation the movie had made $966.4 million in
Mr. Largo´s ship Disco Volante plays an important role in
Thunderball. A recent viewing of the beautifully restored blu-ray
version of the movie, made me curious about the ship´s story.
The real craft used in the film was a hydrofoil ferry, The
Flying Fish, built by Rodriquez Cantieri Navali, who had built
the first successful one at Freccia del Sole. The "cocoon" was
built on set. It was purchased for the film for $500,000 and
brought from Puerto Rico to Miami for refitting and
refurbishment. The hydrofoil never sailed again after the
filming. It was rented as a stationary houseboat, docked at a
marina on Miami's MacArthur Causeway, until it sank at the dock
in the early 1980s.