007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
Vladimir Putin's latest display of machismo has seen him plunge to the bottom of the ocean in...
Vladimir Putin's latest display of machismo has seen him plunge to the bottom of the ocean in a decidedly James Bond-esque manner.
The stunt-happy Russian leader - who in the past has been pictured enjoying manly pursuits such as topless horse riding, fishing and hunting - has now released shots of him embarking on a half-hour trip to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland to see a shipwreck.
Mr Putin rode a small submersible craft which bears an uncanny likeness to the underwater hideout of James Bond villain, scientist and anarchist Karl Stromberg, in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.
The President descended 60 metres (200 feet) down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869, Russian news reports said.
Unfortunately it seems the Russian leader did not find any treasure.
The remains, being examined by marine archaeologists, lie off the island of Gogland, 110 miles west of St Petersburg
Mr Putin's penchant for adventurous stunts included a trip to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, and a scuba dive in which he brought up pottery shards.
However, his spokesman later admitted the pieces had been planted.