James Bond jetpack is coming to the UK next year

Now you can pretend you’re Sean Connery in Thunderball.

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Lift off! Sean Connery with the Thunderball jetpack. Image MGM/United Artists/Eon

One of the coolest gadgets of the Sean Connery James Bond era was the jetpack he used in the pre-credits scene for Thunderball.

Soaring away from a deadly mission and towards the safety of his tricked-out Aston Martin, Connery kicked off his fourth Bond outing in some style (although, let’s be honest, the rest of the film wasn’t much good).

If the idea of recreating this film scene appeals in real ife, then you might be in luck if you live in the UK.

According to The Telegraph, the firm JetPack aviation have been developing prototypes for 40 years and from 2017 they plan to launch JetPack Top Gun experience centres in Britain where the public can try them out.

“A lot of us spent time in our youth fantasising about what it would be like to follow Buck Rogers up into the air with our very own jetpacks,” said David Mayman, CEO at JetPack Aviation.

“We are getting a lot closer to launching a commercial product but there is still much further that we can take our design and ideas.”

The locations haven’t been confirmed yet, but expect them to be near rivers and waterways to allow people to fly over.

The contraptions, which may be available as electric versions in 2019 at a cost of £200,000, where developed by ex-pilot Mayman and inventor Nelson Tyler.

Tyler has some authentic 007 history having worked on Roger Moore classic The Spy Who Loved Me.

Watch the James Bond jetpack in action:

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