007 Vehicle: Little Nellie – The Autogyro / You Only Live Twice (1967)

Bond vehicle: Little Nellie – The Autogyro
Bond movie: You Only Live Twice (1967)

The Wallis WA-116 Agile is a British autogyro developed in the early 1960s by former Royal Air Force Wing Commander Ken Wallis. The aircraft was produced in a number of variants, one of which, nicknamed Little Nellie, was flown in the 1967 James Bond film “You Only Live Twice”.

In 1962, five WA-116s were built by Beagle Aircraft at Shoreham, three of which were for evaluation by the British Army Air Corps. In 1966, one of the Beagle-built WA-116s, registered G-ARZB, was modified for use in the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice”. Little Nellie was named after Nellie Wallace. (a British music hall star, actress, comedienne, dancer and songwriter.)  Few Wallis autogyros have been operated privately, with nearly all of them being used for research and demonstration flying by Wallis himself.

Engine: Prototype autogyro powered by a Wallis-McCulloch 4318A engine
Role: Single-seat autogyro
National origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Wallis Autogyros Limited
Designer: Ken Wallis
First flight:  2 August 1961
Number built: 10+

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