Peter Burton was over 40 when he landed the role, Desmond Llewelyn was almost 50 and John Cleese had another decade under his rocket belt
So the Mexicans, never short of a good idea (colour television, contraceptive pill, rocket belt
, the computer mousepad and Speedy Gonzales were all Mexican inventions), have come up with a brand new marketing pitch that is more than a thousand years old.
Probably the best known is the Bell Rocket Belt
, which featured in the James Bond movie "Thunderball", but could only fly for 30 seconds and is now gathering dust at the Smithsonian Institution in the United States.
The Martin Aircraft Company, which worked on the project, was founded in 1998 specifically to develop a jetpack that could fly 100 times longer than the 26 seconds of the Bell Rocket Belt
, built in the early 1960s.
The first personal jetpack was built by the US military in the 1950s, but the Bell Rocket Belt
stayed airborne for 26 seconds before crashing.
So the show raises the dangers of travelling by rocket belt
, and the impracticality of having a robot as a house servant.
Both the V-1 and the Komet are relics of the past, but hydrogen peroxide flight lives on in the form of the Rocket Belt
, introduced to the public by James Bond in 1965's "Thunderball.
Used primarily for spectacle, a rocket belt
landed a rocketeer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
It turns out flying a rocket belt
is more scary than it seems -- or at least than Schlund's beaming post-flight smile makes it seem.
But the Rocket Belt
had the disadvantage of running out of fuel after 30 seconds.
A Texas man was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 10 years for the kidnapping, false imprisonment and extortion of another Lone Star State resident over a rocket belt
VAN NUYS - Two men were convicted Thursday of the kidnapping, false imprisonment and extortion of a Texas man over a rocket belt