“Planet ‘Copter One…”

A SUPERMANIA exclusive – From a newly-acquired bulk lot of production ephemera – unpublished stills taken from negatives of the full-size Daily Planet helicopter (photographer unknown) at rest outside the world-famous 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, England 1977.  The Bell Jet Ranger was recreated in any number of scales by the prop dept. for the convincing illusion of crashing atop the roof of the New York Daily News building, this being the dummy version hung by wires.

Like many iconic pieces of Movie history, the fate of the shell above is unknown but the fully-functioning version apparently went on to appear in the opening sequence of ‘For Your Eyes Only’ only a few years later…


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