La Pavoni Europiccola

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A modern La Pavoni Europiccola espresso machine
photo © La Pavoni

photo © United Artists, EON Productions
Bond operating La Pavoni Europiccola espresso machine
photo © United Artists, EON Productions

In the 1973 movie Live and Let Die, we get a rare tour in James Bond's own apartment. We can see a quite old fashioned interior with one cool gadget: the espresso machine. Bond fixes M a cappuccino, with this very loud machine, while M is talking about the mission. M, after receiving his freshly brewed coffee, comments "Is that all it does?!".

This machine is a La Pavoni Europiccola.

In 1973, espresso machines for home use were very uncommon, and nobody had a machine like that in their own house, so it showed the sophistication and taste of Bond.

The same La Pavoni Europiccola is still for sale (for example on Amazon ($739-$999) or eBay), although it looks like some details have minor differences with the model used in the movie, especially the tray where the cup rests on, and the top black valve are made from a different material. Also, the 'base' of the machine in the movie is more 'grey' metal, in stead of modern version with chrome.

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