The James Bond Vehicle Library

Glastron CV-23 HT
Glastron speedboat on the river
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Published 17/01-2013
Updated 17/01-2013 07:01



Bond is equipped with this amazing boat by Q with the remark "If Bond could be trusted to look after it". He uses it to inspect the Tapirapé River in the upper region Amazoco for some Drax installations. Found by 3 other speedboads full of villains (Jaws included), he find good use for Q's gadgets, the bulleproof shield, mines and torpedoes to evade the capture, and finally escapes from the fall using the roof installed handglider. Boat itself off course had to be destroyed (which was expressed 16 years later in another movie as "standard operating procedure").

In total 300 speedboats of this type were produced, including 3 (some sources are declaring 4) which were assigned for Moonraker movie with special paint - silver metalflake gelcoat over gray. Only five hardtop versions are still operational.

Only one original boat survived and is owned by Ian Flemming Foundation.

In February 2006 the boat suffered serious damages in transit after completing the Boats Of Bond show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Glastron CV-23 HT

The Foundation did an great effort to restore it, choosing a fiberglass boat restorer Invision Boatworks of Reese, MI, to fix damages and make a duplicate to sell at auction. Probably at 2010 the boat went in expo service again.

in 2008 Caribbean Aero Nautical society took an effort to convert one of CV-23 HT to the "visual Moonraker" version. Project called "Moonraker II" succeed - boat upgraded a little bit with 5.7 Vortec engine (300 hp) debuted in March 2009 at the annual Antique and Classic Boat Society Festival held in Mt. Dora, Florida. In September 2009 it won the 2009 Bayview Yacht Club Race breaking all records in the history of the race as well. Not bad for a 30 year old boat... In August 2010 Moonraker II was put for a sale with asking price 45,000 USD. 

by MS

007 relation

Moonraker (1979)

  • Company vehicle
  • Vehicle Bond drives

Technical data

  • Manufacturer:  Glastron
  • Model: CV-23HT
  • Length:  23' 4 1/4"
  • Beam: 91 1/2"
  • Width: 85"
  • Depth: 50"
  • Capacity: 1200 lbs
  • Engine: Mercruiser 260 hp Stern-driven, Stainless steel propeller
  • Fuel capacity: 50 gal 
  • Max speed: 58mph
  • Net weight: 1625 lbs


  • Bullet proof shield
  • Torpedoes
  • Double track mine deployer
  • Escape Handglider 



  • The Ian Fleming Foundation - The Ian Fleming Foundation is the owner of several vehicles from the films. And they are constantly searching for new ones for their collection.