James Bond 007 (1980)

This is an interesting pinball machine from 1980 – James Bond 007. Instead of having the common 3 or 5 ball game, this one is based on time. You start with a particular amount of “time units” and earn more during game play. As long as you have time left, it doesn’t matter if your ball drains.

Apparently, when this machine came out, this rule change just confused people. The machine was not a big hit. In response, Gottlieb released new programming to change the game to 3 balls. I think this probably made matters worse because earning “time units” during game play means nothing – and that was half the point.

This game has the original “time unit” code in it and it actually isn’t that bad.

This machine is huge. A widebody from Gottlieb’s “Star Series 80” line.