8 of the most sensational superyachts in films

Superyachts have long been employed in movies as symbols of wealth, status and luxury. Since yachts are not usually built specifically for films, one needs to be rented and sometimes even specifically reproduced. Therefore, many private superyachts have been specially chosen to feature in movies, adding both value and fame to the yacht.

Here are some of the most luxurious, magnificent and stunning superyachts ever to be featured in film:

1. Sarastar in Murder Mystery (2019)

Source: Yacht Charter Fleet

Key features:

  • Accommodates 12 guests
  • His-and-hers en-suite bathrooms in the master suite
  • Cactus garden

Built by Italian shipyard Mondomarine in 2017, the 60-metre (197-foot) superyacht Sarastar hosted stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans in Kyle Newacheck’s comedy, Murder Mystery. The film follows a married couple that gets caught up in a murder investigation on board a billionaire's yacht.

2. M3 in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Key features:

  • Jet ski and wave runner
  • Deck Jacuzzi
  • Wi-Fi

M3 (previously Lady M) made an important appearance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Italian shipbuilder Intermarine built the sleek 44-metre (144-foot) superyacht in 2002. According to the plot, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) splashes out on the luxury yacht which he goes on to name Naomi after his second wife. Later, the film takes a disastrous shift when the superyacht sinks in a storm between Porto Cervo and Capri. The scene closely mirrored Belfort’s real-life yachting disaster in 1997.

3. Predator 108 in Casino Royale (2006)

Predator 108
Source: Boat International

Key features:

  • Dining room sunroof
  • Nine-foot headroom
  • Whirlpool

UK yard Sunseeker’s 33-metre (108-foot) Predator 108, built in 2004, is arguably one of the most stunning superyachts to feature in a James Bond 007 movie. The Predator 108 is owned by villain Le Chiffre in Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale.

4. Planet Nine in Tenet (2020)

Planet Nine
Source: Admiral Yacht

Key features:

  • Accommodates 16 guests
  • Helideck
  • Spa

Planet Nine, the 75-metre (246-foot) superyacht built by Italy-based Admiral Yachts in 2018, is the protagonist of Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi film, Tenet. The plot follows a secret agent as he manipulates the flow of time to prevent World War III.

5. Kismet in 6 Underground (2019)

Source: Megayacht News

Key features:

  • Cinema room
  • Gym
  • Dance floor

Starring in one of the biggest Netflix movies to date, German yard Lurssen’s 95-metre (312-foot) motor yacht Kismet, built in 2014, plays a central role in Michael Bay’s blockbuster, 6 Underground. With an A-list cast including Ryan Reynolds, 6 Underground promises high-speed drama, exhilarating action and a closer look at the world's 57th largest yacht.

6. Thumper in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

Source: Boat International

Key features:

  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Towable toys

Sunseeker’s very own 40-metre (131-foot) Thumper, built in 2014, makes a star appearance in Mandy Fletcher’s comedy, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which hit screens worldwide in 2016. After Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) accidentally knock Kate Moss into the River Thames at a party, they need a quick getaway. Where better to hide out than on a luxurious yacht in the South of France?

7. Galeocerdo in The Island (2005)

Source: Boat International

Key features:

  • Top speed of 65 knots
  • Beach house
  • Striking design

The real star of Michael Bay’s sci-fi, The Island, was the 36-metre Galeocerdo. This futuristic superyacht built by UK-based Rodriquez Yachts in 2003 is the stuff of dreams. Protagonist Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) has a recurring dream where he wins the lottery and escapes his mundane life aboard a luxury yacht.

8. Ocean Emerald in Point Break (2015)

Ocean Emerald
Source: Ocean Emerald

Key features:

  • Swimming platform
  • Cinema room
  • Gym

When American director Ericson Core decided to remake the 1991 extreme sports film, Point Break, he turned to the superyacht industry to help add glamour to his production. Rodriquez Yacht’s 41-metre (134-foot) yacht Ocean Emerald, built in 2009, was a key filming location, with a skateboarding ramp fitted to the bow for some spectacular stunts.

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