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Exterior of the oil platform with weapons concealed, as seen in Diamonds are Forever (1971).

"Baja? I haven't got anything in Baja!"
Willard Whyte.[src]

The W.W. Petroleum oil platform was a fictional offshore drilling rig in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, that was ostensibly owned by W.W. Petroleum, a subsidiary of Whyte Enterprises Inc. The site was actually a clandestine satellite weapon control and tracking center operated by the criminal organisation, SPECTRE. It appeared in the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever.

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The Baja oil platform was constructed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld under the guise of and using the resources of billionaire industrialist, Willard Whyte. At 80.5m long, 60m wide and 37.2m deep[1], the platform secretly served as a control and tracking center for Blofeld's orbital directed energy weapon. The site was accessible by water or air and was defended by four disguised Oerlikon 20mm cannon towers, an armed crew of over twenty men and a five-mile radar system.[1] In the event of imminent defeat, Blofeld's personal midget submarine could be lowered into the ocean via a crane. Circa 1971[2], an aerial raid by the United States military culminated in the rig violently exploding; cutting the connection with the satellite and effectively neutralising it.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 (2002) 007 Spy Files #11 (Magazine), 007 Spy Files (in En-UK), London: GE Fabbri Ltd., pp.6-7. 
  2. Lamont, Peter [2015] (1st Nov 2016). The Man with the Golden Eye: Designing the James Bond Films (in English). Signum Books, p.47. ISBN 0995519110. “Dr. Metz's security pass is dated 7/5/71.” 
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