The Top 5 Cars From James Bond MoviesPosted on 2020-02-19
Top 5 Cars From James Bond Movies
This April the latest movie in the James Bond franchise will be released in theaters. The film “No Time To Die” will star Daniel Craig in the iconic role for the final time, according to the actor. It will be the 27th Bond movie, with the series spanning 58 years. In addition to his longevity, James Bond is one of the most suave, debonair fictional characters ever created. He always gets the bad guy, usually gets the girl and does it all with some of the coolest gadgets Hollywood can imagine – along with a martini… shaken, not stirred of course.
If all that wasn’t enough to make a guy jealous, 007’s employer MI-6 also sets him up with sleek, sexy sports cars loaded with their own sets of bells and whistles. In our humble opinion, here are the top 5 cars driven by the world-famous spy.
5. 1997 BMW 750iL (Tomorrow Never Dies)
Many of the cars James Bond drove would be considered super cars, but in "Tomorrow Never Dies" he drove a slightly more subdued BMW. Though by going with the 750iL model it was larger than most of his other rides, which allowed for more gadgets - including sunroof-mounted rockets. It could also be driven remotely using Bond’s mobile phone, which he does in one car chase... while sitting in the backseat!
4. 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Diamonds Are Forever)
In "Diamonds Are Forever", Sean Connery as James Bond drives one of the rare American cars featured in the series, a 1971 Ford Mach 1. This version had the 7.0 liter, 375 hp Cobra Jet engine which made for some excellent car chase scenes. Unfortunately, it’s also know for a continuity mishap while filming. Bond drives the car up onto its passenger side wheels to fit through a narrow alleyway, which seems typical of a Hollywood car chase scene right? Well, when the car emerged from the alley (filmed by a different crew at a different location) the car was riding on the driver’s side wheels. Oops.
3. 2007 Aston Martin DBS V12 (Quantum of Solace)
This Aston Martin was featured in both "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace", used in chase scenes in both movies, but it may be remembered more for its demise. As Daniel Craig’s Bond swerves to avoid hitting a woman tied up on the road (obviously) he rolls the car seven times. This was not easy to film as the car handled so well, they had trouble getting it to flip. They were forced to fire an air-cannon mounted below the car to get the car airborne after the swerve.
2. 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Many guys of a certain age grew up with posters of super cars like Lamborghinis and Lotus Esprits on their walls. James Bond may have played a part in the Lotus obsession. Not only was it a sexy, fast and sleek car full of gadgets but it also doubled as a submarine after Roger Moore’s 007 drove it off a pier! And the car used in underwater shots did actually operate as a sub, though it wasn't water tight. The stunt drivers wore scuba gear.
1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
Choosing the #1 James Bond car is not difficult. Being such a British icon, James Bond should drive an iconic British car. Aston Martins were used in at least six different Bond movies, starting with "Goldfinger." It had machine guns, oil sprayers, ejector seats and rotating license plates. The execs at Aston Martin weren't initially sold on the idea of supplying the car and had to be convinced to loan one to the production crew. But the huge popularity of James Bond and the car itself led to auto makers begging to have their vehicles featured in future films.
Do you have a favorite James Bond car we missed? Maybe we should to go back and re-watch some of the movies! Trivia Fact: If you’re thinking about having a James Bond movie marathon, watching them back to back with no breaks in between, be prepared to sit in front of the TV for more than 52 hours straight. And if you like British sports cars, take a look at this 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII we have in our showroom.
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