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The Skyfleet S570 is a fictional prototype double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Skyfleet. It appears in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale and was later seen in the 2008 video-game 007: Quantum of Solace.

Film appearance

Prominently featured in Casino Royale, the Skyfleet S570 was described as the world's largest passenger airliner and (according to an in-film news article) represented ten years of research and development. The S570 was powered by twin-mounted CE856i engines designed in collaboration with NASA and a consortium of European engineers, which were designed to use 25% less fuel than conventional single-mounted engines. The aircraft was expected to be carry 850 passengers in a three-class configuration. The article notes that 20 companies had placed orders for the aircraft at a cost of $300 million dollars per unit. The S570's first flight was expected to be a non-stop flight from Sydney to London and was planned for the beginning of the next year.

During the film, the terrorist financier Le Chiffre uses a Ugandan warlord's money to short-sell stock in Skyfleet, thus betting the money on the company's failure. A failure which the banker plans to bring about by destroying the company's prototype airliner. After his original bomb-maker is killed by James Bond in Madagascar, another is hired to complete the job. The bomb-maker infiltrates Miami International Airport and steals a fuel tanker; attaching a keyring-sized bomb to the vehicle. As he attempts to blow up the prototype with the truck he is intercepted by 007 and a fight ensues on-board. Eventually the terrorist is forced from his vehicle and Bond narrowly prevents the truck from colliding with the plane. With his plan foiled, Le Chiffre is left with a major financial loss and is forced to set up a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro.

Behind the scenes

The S570 was actually a Boeing 747-200, originally used by British Airways as "G-BDXJ". It was refitted with two mockup engines on each inner pylon and external fuel tanks on the outer pylons, somewhat anachronistically resembling a B-52 Stratofortress. This aircraft survives, permanently grounded and repainted plain white, at Dunsfold Aerodrome, England, where all the airfield action was filmed. [1]

References

  1. Boeing 747 in Casino Royale,The original idea was to have used the forthcoming Airbus A380 however production delays held back its appearance in the film. [1] (2007).

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