Some millionaire James Bond fans hunt down and buy rare Aston Martins, whether those used in the movie franchise or good replicas. For John Staluppi, auto and business mogul and experienced yacht builder himself, one car will not be enough. If there’s a record for the biggest James Bond fan in terms of the number of yachts you own named after episodes of the show, he gets it.
At press time and over three decades, Staluppi has owned more than 21 yachts named after the James Bond series films. His most recent, Quantum of Solace, is now for sale, as he decided he wanted something different. Quantum of Solace is $ 66 million and was on display at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show in September, in hopes of finding a buyer. It’s not yet, but when it does, the buyer will actually be able to bring some of those James Bond fantasies to life.
The only thing that sets Staluppi apart from other superyacht owners, aside from an almost unhealthy obsession with James Bond, is his perfectionist streak. Man knows what he wants from a boat and how to get it and, in doing so, how to make it perfect. His second yacht, Octopussy, is officially the fastest in the world, with a top speed of 61 mph (98 km / h); the 2004 build, and his personal favorite, World Is Not Enough came close to winning that crown, with 77 mph (124 km / h) on paper; Unfortunately, it was never able to keep its promise due to technical issues.
Staluppi bought Quantum of Solace in 2019 after falling in love with it and hearing that it was one of four superyachts in the world to have a double-height atrium inside. Launched by Turquoise Yachts in 2012, the ship had already undergone a drastic overhaul and refit with H2 Yacht Design. Thus, her appearance was already more in line with the image of the famous spy, with the old ample curves on the superstructure replaced by sharp and more aggressive lines.
Quantum of Solace provided Staluppi with something he was looking for back then: more space, more stability, and a higher degree of comfort. You know, just in case you’re wondering why he’s selling it. At the time, it was the right choice, so Staluppi and his family spent weeks on board during the first round of lockdowns, having fun. Now that he’s decided he wants something different – he’s not saying what yet – someone else can have it.
With a total length of 238 feet (72.6 meters) and four decks totaling a volume of 1,730 GT, Quantum of Solace offers accommodation for 12 guests in seven cabins and 17 crew in separate quarters. The guest cabins, including children’s double rooms with adjoining nanny rooms, are all located on the main deck. The owner’s suite is upstairs and includes a giant master bathroom decked out in marble and onyx, him and her walk-in closets, a private office and a private terrace.
The furnishings are incredibly elegant and rich, as you would expect from a James Bond tribute yacht. Despite the association, there aren’t many 007 references on board, so it’s not like you’re stepping into a boy’s sanctuary for the world-famous spy. But the air of sophistication and personalized luxury prevails and is noticeable, works of art throughout the rich combination of woods and plush rugs, backlit stone, glazing and chrome finishes.
Amenities include an below-deck spa with a massage room and a gorgeous sauna, as well as a fold-out platform that brings guests straight to the waterline. On the terrace is a 16ft (488cm) counter-current pool and outdoor seating area, bar and DJ booth, and a touch-and-go helipad for an EC 135 standard or similar.
The corresponding annexes are in the side garages, equipped with cranes and hydraulically operated doors to facilitate launching and water recovery. To these you can add several formal and informal dining rooms, both indoor and outdoor, a private cinema, a small concert hall, and more socializing spaces than you can count on. fingers of both hands.
Lloyd’s rated and MCA compliant, Quantum of Solace is powered by two 2,447 hp Caterpillar engines capable of lifting it to a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. At 12 knots, it has a range of 7,000 nautical miles.