The title leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. Yes, this post is indeed about what I feel are the Top 10 cars used by James Bond. You have to admit that one of the prime reasons for watching a James Bond movie is the latest car riddled with gadgets that they are showcasing.
Generally full of British cars (obviously since it’s a British franchise), these cars never fail out to bring out the style and elegance that ever Bond needs. However, some movies have strayed from this trend using cars that fit the role.
No matter how cliched and predictable the story and the action gets in the movie, one thing that never ceases to amuse us is the protagonist’s car. So, to build up anticipation, lets start off with number 10.
10. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights (1987)
The James Bond franchise has a close relationship with Aston Martin. But, this was the first one being used in a Bond movie after 18 long years. This car came with lasers, spiked tires, missiles, rocket propulsion, heads up display and even self destruct. The Power of of the V8 at that time was enough to get our hearts racing. But at least in my opinion, the car wasn’t all that beautiful. Add that to the fact that it featured one of the most horrible James Bonds ever, has earned in the last place in this list.
9. Toyota 2000 GT in You Only Live Twice (1967)
We told you they strayed from their British heritage at times and here it is. Much older than our previous entry, this car looked like a true beauty. This two – door fast back had curves in all the right places. This was enough to make any human salivate. Moreover, Sir Sean Connery was the one behind the wheel. You combine all that, and you get a true ladies’ magnet. Interestingly, Sean couldn’t fit in driver’s seat because of his height. Toyota was more than happy to oblige and they completely removed the roof – creating a much sexier car than the original.
8. Ford Fairlane in Die Another Day (2002)
As rare as a Toyota in a James Bond Movie, this ford wasn’t the main car that was used. It was shown for a brief amount of time while 007 is in Cuba in pursuit of a villain. He loans it from a friend in the movie to travel to the location where he meets another beauty – Halle Berry. The whole scene of Pierce Brosnan (arguably the best Bond ever) riding this fast notch back convertible, smoking a Cuban cigar just gives you slight taste of how stylish his persona really is.
7. BMW Z8 in The World is Not Enough (1999)
Pierce Brosnan once again appears in this movie with yet another stylish car. This compact two-door convertible had the sleek body that all current cars have. With a V8, this car could do 0 – 60 in 4.2 seconds. But as beautiful as this car was, it could not survive the bad luck that came along with 007. It got cut in half by a helicopter towards the end of the movie.
6. Aston Martin DBS V12 in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (2006 and 2008)
You must be shocked to see this so far away from number one. But, at the end of the day it was all about looks. What I mean to say is that it looks amazing, and has a V12 engine, but that’s about it. The only time I remember Bond using a gadget from this car is when he was frantically trying to use a defibrillator while trying to save his life. Previously the DBS has made an appearance in two Bond movies in 1969 and 1971. However, that had a much weaker engine and the looks couldn’t be compared either.
5. BMW 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Now, I know what you are thinking – “What is this car doing here?”. Looks wise, this car is average, probably above average because it has that BMW style statement attached to it. But, when it comes to gadgets, this car was tricked out! This car has missiles, smokescreens, caltrops (the spikes used to puncture tires by policemen), self inflating tires and bulletproof armor. Moreover, this can be controlled remotely using a special Ericsson cell phone. And 007 spares no opportunity to show off these features. Unfortunately this dream car couldn’t survive Bond’s destructive streak.
4. Aston Martin DB10 in Spectre (2015)
This was one sexy car. It was meant for 009, however, Bond “borrows” it for obvious reasons. Fitted with some rear tactical weapons like a double barreled gun, flamethrower and an ejection seat, this wasn’t the smartest of the James Bond Cars. One can argue that it was the best looking one though. And, oh yeah, guess what? This one was destroyed as well! However, the whole car chase scene with the Jaguar XKR (another stunning beast), was well worth it.
3. Lotus Esprit S1 in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Have you guys heard of this car called Squba? This car can go underwater and travel there. And that is exactly what the Lotus Esprit S1 did. Mind you, this was 1977, a time when people could not even dream of this stuff. It looked like a true space age car at the time. Though it lacked curves, it still made for a damn good looking car. The underwater submarine aspect is probably the only thing that got it into this list. But, in my defence if the DB10 had the same feature, it would have survived the phenomena, that is James Bond.
2. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day (2002)
This car is one of my all time favorite cars. Rightly dubbed “The V12 Vanish” by Q, this car could actually disappear into thin air using camouflage panels. Combine that with the shotguns and missiles that the Aston was armed with, and you get a car every guy fantasizes about. The car chase scene was especially exhilarating – probably the best in the whole series. This car had everything: looks, speed, gadgets, girls and the best of all – invisibility.
1. Aston Martin DB5 in Numerous Movies
As vague as the title is, the DB5 was used in too many movies throughout the franchise. It had originally debuted in Goldfinger, but was later seen in Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and even Spectre. There was a reason directors and producers couldn’t keep their hands off this car. It was the embodiment of style. To be specific, it was the embodiment of style befitting a Bond. The most iconic feature was obviously the pop-out machine guns behind the front indicators. Other than this it had numerous gadgets throughout the series. This car is indisputably , the best car in the whole James Bond franchise.
Here is a video of some of the best car chase scenes in the Bond franchise –
Well there it is. My top 10 list of Bond Cars. I am sure you would have your own. But, I bet the number one spot won’t change. You had probably guessed it right from the start. Do let us know what changes you would make to this list. Which cars would you like to see in the upcoming Bond films?