Which Of These James Bond Vehicles Is Your Favorite
James Bond and a Vesper Martini, or Walther PPK--go hand in hand. It might surprise some James Bond fans to find out that 16 of the vehicles used by the MI6 agent throughout the series were not Aston Martins. Sometimes, your Aston Martin DB5 is not available so you will need to take the wheel of a BMW equipped with stinger missiles.
Okay, maybe not all BMW Z3's have stinger missiles. No matter what configuration your Z3 has, there are plenty of James Bond vehicles that don't follow the series' long-standing Aston Martin tradition.
We will be looking at every vehicle in the James Bond series, before focusing on the new cars that will make their debut in Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, No Time to Die.
Only one question will remain after that:
Which Bond vehicle do you prefer?
What was the First Bond Car?
In Dr. No. 1, Bond launched his impressive vehicle line with the British-made 1961 Sunbeam Alpine. The first Bond film, Dr. No. 2, was released in 1962 with Sean Connery as the lead. The Sunbeam Alpine's beauty is undeniable, but this vehicle has a more modest exterior than other extravagant Bond vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB5.
Bond drives through Jamaica in an open-top version, as Dr. No shows in Sunbeam Alpine scenes. The director chose this open-top design because it featured the lead man in prominent fashion.
The film was the first James Bond movie. Bond's crew needed to find a vehicle to drive Bond around.
The trend did not last as Aston Martin provided a car for James Bond's third film, Goldfinger in 1964. This is the best car advertising.
James Bond ever drove a Bentley?
When it comes to deciding who is the best British car manufacturer, Aston Martin and Bentley have been neck-and-neck. You might be surprised to know that James Bond drove a Bentley long before he was able to drive an Aston Martin. In Goldfinger, the first James Bond Aston Martin was seen. In his second film From Russia with Love, Bond can be seen driving the stunning Bentley Mark IV.
Although the Bond cars aren't Aston Martins, they still carry the British 007 automobile tradition. From Russia with Love carried the original movie's open-top filming technique with Bond opening his Bentley Mark IV's top before heading home. This Bentley is the oldest vehicle in the Bond lineup, with a life span of 30 years since Russia with Love's release.
You may be wondering why From Russia with Love chose the Bentley Mark IV as Bond's second vehicle. The source material is the key to this decision. In Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, 007 often drove a Bentley. The Mark IV is the closest the producers have come to replicating the 1931 Bentley-4.5 Liter-Bond car in the original Casino Royale novel. The straight-six 110 horsepower engine in this 1930 Casino Royale Bentley tops out at 90 mph.
The Bentley car didn't make an appearance in Bond movies until 1983, when Sean Connery returned to fight for the last time in Never Say Never Again.
When did James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 make its debut?
Aston Martin was a force to be reckoned with when they offered their 1964 DB5 model for filming Goldfinger. This Bond movie is one of the most critically acclaimed. This PR move by the British manufacturer was a great one. It seems that the Swiss Alps sections of Goldfinger’s script are written to showcase the DB5's elegance and pure grace.
Bond's speed increases in this Aston Martin.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 has a 4-liter straight six engine. It produces 282 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 8 seconds. To keep up with Goldfinger, 007 required all the accessories he could manage. Bond's 1964 DB5 exclusive trim features a revolving plate, machine guns and bullet-proof glasses, as well as a DB5 license plate.
It is difficult to find authentic replicas of this Aston Martin. On average, the models you'll find are sold for less than $3.5 million. On Jerry Seinfeld's show, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, you can see him driving a DB5 in his car.
James Bond ever drove a Toyota?
The Bond movie producers strayed from their British when 007 traveled to Japan in 1967 for You Only Live Twice. James chose to go with the first Toyota supercar, 2000 GT. This vehicle is renowned for its extraordinary power and rarity on the market.
How rare is it?
Between 1967-1970, Toyota produced only 351 total 2000 GT models. Sean Connery was too big to fit in the original 2000 GT hardtop coupe design. Toyota changed the design of the 2000 GT to make it more suitable for Connery. The new 2000 GT design retained its fastback profile, but removed the side windows at the rear. This crucial change was made by Toyota in just two weeks.
Ever wondered which Bond car Daniel Craig prefers? Craig stated confidently that the Toyota 2000 GT was his favorite 007 vehicle, while From Russia with Love is his favourite Bond movie.
What is the First Bond Film to Feature Two Stunning Vehicles in Its First Film?
Many Bond films focus on one vehicle. Two standout cars are featured in Her Majesty's secret Service, the first Bond movie. These are the 1969 Mercury Cougar and the 1969 Aston Martin DBS.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Aston Martin's DBS was a sad presence as Bond's wife is killed through the windshield. Q did not integrate any gadgets in this Aston Martin until Bond's next movie, Diamonds Are Forever.
The 1969 DBS has a straight-six engine producing 282 horsepower and four fully-sized seats. The 1969 DBS was designed by Aston Martin to have a modern appearance. Aston Martin's exterior components are unique and include a fastback rear and squared front grille.
Auctions of cars in the 007 style are always in fashion. 2020 saw a $610,000 1969 Mercury Cougar auction at a Canadian exchange rate. One of three Cougars were ordered by On Her Majesty's Secret Service for this Cougar sale. This vehicle sold for more than half a million Canadian dollars after a thirty-year restoration.
Bond's Mercury is elegantly dressed in leather, and the 7.0L V8 delivers 335 horsepower.
Where can I find James Bond driving a Ford Mustang Mustang?
MI6 agent 007 travels to Las Vegas for 1971's Diamonds Are Forever. Bond can be seen driving a Ford Mustang Mach 1 through this Nevada-set film. Ford's performance-oriented option package, the Mach 1, is what Bond drives in this Nevada film. It serves Bond well during a chase on Fremont Street.
Bond's Mustang in Diamonds Are Forever is a striking appearance with its bold red exterior and leather-red/black interior. As Goldfinger and Thunderball support cast members, this Mustang is not the first to make an appearance in Bond movies. They also drive blue and white Mustang models. During filming, producers used several Mustangs with different engine configurations.
Some Bond fans will remember Diamonds Are Forever for containing one the greatest movie mistakes. This editing error occurs when James Bond drives his Mach 1 Mustang on two wheels down a narrow alleyway in order to avoid a police car. Bond suddenly drives on the other side of the Mustang when the camera cuts to it. This continuity error is a reminder to appreciate the hard work involved in movie editing.
Is it possible to guess which Bond film features an AMC Hornet in it?
Roger Moore performs a mid-air barrel roll jump from a 1974 AMC Hornet in The Man with the Golden Gun. Jay Milligan, stunt coordinator, created the stunt and sold rights to The Man With the Golden Gun producers. Milligan flew to Thailand in order to recreate the stunt for the film.
The Man with the Golden Gun's cast helped to capture this barrel roll in one take with a lot of hard work. Computer-designed, the stunt received many modifications to the AMC Hornet. The AMC Hornet modifications included a new suspension and a central driver's position, which encouraged a more even weight distribution.
Guinness Book of World Records 2010, rated The Man with the Golden Gun’s barrel jump as the third best Bond stunt of all-time.
What Bond Car Can Turn into a Submarine
Bond had already seen enemies lose with the 1964 DB5 defense mechanisms, drove on two wheels in Vegas and executed a barrel roll jump flawlessly in Thailand before The Spy Who Almost Loved Me. The Spy Who Loved Me took the car sequences of The Spy Who Loved Me to the next level by introducing a Lotus Esprit S1 which transforms into a submarine in a lengthy Sardinia chase.
The Esprit 1 was powered by a 907 4-Cylinder engine with 160 horsepower. A steel backbone chassis and a fiberglass structure gave the vehicle a striking and forward-thinking exterior. The car lacks power. This is one of the downsides to this Lotus. The Lotus Esprit 1's 6.8 second 0-60 mph speed and 138 mph top speed prove that Bond was fortunate that the vehicle had water driving capabilities, which allowed him to gain an advantage over his enemies.
The gearbox of this vehicle was a 5-speed manual, which was used previously in Maserati Merak cars. As a result of racing practices at the time, Lotus Esprit 1's rear brakes are inbound.
The Lotus Esprit 1 was lightweight, which helped it excel in the performance category. The Lotus Esprit 1 was particularly well-known for its handling. Drivers rated it as the best of all Esprit models.
These Two Cars Are Not for Your Eyes Only
Two Bond vehicles that made heads at the premiere of For Your Eyes Only were the 1980 Lotus Esprit S3 Turbo Turbo and 1981 Citroen 2CV. Since the success of the underwater Lotus in the previous film, Bond producers quickly brought another Lotus back to film the next round.
The British manufacturer made this early 80s Lotus the first turbocharged Esprit. This turbocharged Esprit model was in production until 1987, when a new design was introduced with a more round exterior. For Your Eyes Only has two turbocharged Esprit models, as the first was destroyed by anti-theft software. Bond travels to the Italian Alps in a second copper-colored Esprit with high-quality skis attached to its back.
Lotus Esprit S3 Turbo was powered by a dry-sump 910 engine. It produced 210 horsepower and had a top speed 150. It could also reach 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. For Your Eyes Only had a darker tone, which led to the Lotus's being equipped with more realistic accessories for 007’s mission. The self-destructing system mentioned above was the only gadget on screen throughout the film.
Bond's 1981 Citroen 2CV, one of the most practical vehicles in the series, is one of his best. After his Esprit is accidentally destroyed by enemies, James Bond uses this French front-wheel drive model as his getaway vehicle. Citroen 2CV for Your Eyes Only is so light that Bond and a few helpers can push it back on its tracks after it lands in narrow streets. You can bet James was feeling a little lost during this getaway scene.
What is the most unique bond vehicle?
The Bajaj RE, which was featured in the 1983 Octopussy film, is a Bond vehicle that's more unusual than most. Bond's only three-wheeled vehicle was the Bajaj RE. Octopussy's chase with the Bajaj RE is absurd, as the vehicle is essentially a motorized carriage. Bond activates the powerful Q-modified engine, which allows Bond to drive the vehicle on two wheels by following a gunman.
These MI6 performance upgrades were required by 007 because a regular RE would only give Bond between 9-15 HP.
The manufacturing history of these three-wheeled cars started in Japan before World War II. Bajaj has been producing three-wheeled vehicles such as the RE for more than fifty years.
The Bajaj RE is ranked high by most people as one of Bond's worst cars. The Bajaj Re's inability to have doors made Bond vulnerable during Octopussy’s chase scene. However, the car's instability and general instability are enough to cause anxiety outside of escape sequences.
What vehicles are worth a look in A View to a Kill:
Roger Moore's A View to a Kill highlights Bond's Renault 11 Taxi as well as Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II.
The Renault 11's tragic fate will be remembered by fans of the classic Bond films from 80's. Roger Moore drove this Parisian taxi all the way to Paris before Roger Moore had the top of the car ripped off and split the car in half. Recently, the Renault that was split in two was sold at an Orlando Auto Museum auction.
This vehicle is known for its low power and handling capabilities. The Renault 11 was chosen by the A View to a Kill crew and cast. Production costs were kept low by the car's low value. The script required that a car lose its roof and be split in half.
Bond makes a return to Bond in style as he plays the role of a passenger in a 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II. A scene in A View to a Kill shows the Rolls Royce going into a lake. One of the producers owned the real Silver Cloud II Rolls Royce. A replica was used by the film crew. The 1962 Rolls Royce featured a 6.2-liter V8 motor that could go from 0-60 mph in under 11 seconds and a top speed of 104 mph.
What Bond Car is Britain's First Supercar?
The V8 Vantage Series II by Aston Martin was launched in 1977 to a lot of buzz. The V8 Vantage Series II's top speed of 170-mph helped it win the title as Britain's first supercar. Continual improvements also helped to solidify the vehicle's positive reputation. A 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante can be found in Timothy Dalton’s The Living Daylights Bond role.
The first-series V8 Vantage's were powerful and had a remarkable 375 horsepower level. They also featured standout design elements such as a separate rear spoiler. Aston Martin produced only 37 first-series V8 Vantage models. This Aston Martin had a wooden interior dashboard, and the engine was 405 HP.
Aston Martins was absent from Bond films for the majority of the 70s and 1980s, you might wonder. Producers wanted to distinguish Sean Connery's Bond version from Roger Moore. Connery's and Moore also have key differences in Martini's vs. Scottch, and cigarette smoking and cigar smoking.
During the filming of Living Daylights, the producers used seven fiberglass replicas and three V8 Vantage models.
Where did Goldeneye go wrong?
The decision to let Bond drive a German car in Goldeneye was not a wise one, considering the vehicle choice. The Z3 from Goldeneye is a four-cylinder sports car. We are positive about the Z3 in our top ten luxury cars less expensive than a new Honda Accord. Bond drives flashier and more powerful vehicles.
Bond fans were furious that Goldeneye didn't show off all the gear the Z3 is supposed to be filled with. The Z3's parachutist is all that viewers see. The MI6 should be constantly improving its gadgets. 007 movies must always strive for greater and better. 2015 Spectre is a good example of Bond's ability with the Q-equipped vehicle gear to evade enemy forces.
The Z3 was definitely lacking power in the Goldeneye era. BMW did not give the Z3 six-cylinder any more power until 1997, when it was able to keep up with previous models' 138 horsepower.
This model is at least better than the Bajaj RE. Goldeneye, outside of the BMW Z3, is Pierce Bronson’s most memorable Bond appearance.
BMW in James Bond: Does it Redeem Itself?
Bronson's Tomorrow Never Dies saw Bond producers continue the BMW trend. Tomorrow Never Dies saw BMW shine a little brighter with its flagship model 750Li. The 7 Series was in its third generation at the time of Tomorrow Never Dies. The "L" portion on 750Li represents the German word "lang," which literally translates to "long."
High-pressure headlight washers with high pressure are two of the most notable features in the 750iL. The other is a 14-speaker sound system and four subwoofers. BMW set a new standard in car design when it integrated the first satellite navigation screen into its E38 7 Series.
Bond drove his 750iL in Germany during Tomorrow Never Dies sequences. Q installed a complex security system on Bond's 750iL that delivered electric shocks and tear gas to intruders. This 750iL came with defense accessories such as a roof rocket launcher, remote car operating device, and reinflating tires. Most BMW 750iL owners would not mind a trim with self inflating tires.
It's possible you thought that The Living Daylights had too many vehicles to use on set, with seven fiberglass replicas and three Aston Martin V8 Vantages. Tomorrow Never Dies doubled its German driving sequences by using seventeen vehicles.
What did the Limited-Edition BMW Z8 have to offer?
We are confident. This Z-edition BMW is much more impressive than the previous one. BMW's Z8 is limited edition vehicle with only 5,700 units ever produced. The Z8's 32-valve, 400-horsepower V8 was available for $128,000. It produced 370 lbft and 380 horsepower.
BMW lists the Z8 at 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds according to its factory. To achieve a 50/50 weight distribution, the engine was mounted behind the front axle. Car and Driver Magazine evaluated the BMW Z8 and rated it as having superior acceleration, handling, and brakes to Ferrari's 360 Modena. The Z8's maximum speed was limited by the manufacturer to 155.4 mph, but an unlock chip could increase that to 170 mph.
This adds to the list of Bond cars which are destroyed completely by their enemies. Bond's Z8 is cut in two by a helicopter equipped with a tree-cutting tool.
It's worth mentioning that the Z8 has an innovative exterior. The car's turn indicators and taillights are powered by neon tubes, which are well-known for their durability. The Z8's roof is designed to match the body's lines.
Agent Under Fire and 007 Racing are two Bond games from 2000 that use the Z8 from 1999's The World Is Not Enough.
What Two Vehicles Does Bronson's Last Bond Role Feature in?
Two Bond vehicles were featured in 2002's Die Another Day: The Ford's Fairlane, and the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
Bond travels to Cuba in Die Another Day. Bond asks for a fast car and is instead given a 1957 Ford Fairlane. 007 can make up the difference later with a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish that packs an impressive 450 horsepower.
The Fairlane was manufactured by Ford between 1955 and 1971. Bronson can be seen driving a Fairlane full-size before it was converted to a midsize version in 1962.
Aston Martin's solution to the Virage range that was getting old was the V12 Vanquish. The V12 Vanquish's top speed was 190 mph thanks to its V12 engine of 6.2-liters. This Aston Martin comes with one of the most unique Q-equipped accessories. This car was virtually invisible when Bond needed it to fly below radar.
What Astonishment Did Daniel Craig Make His Bond Remark In?
The debut Bond performance of Daniel Craig in Casino Royale 2008 was a huge success with critics. Bond's Aston Martin DBS V12 aided in enhancing the movie's intensity.
Bond chases Bond and destroys the vehicle. Bond is hot on the trail of his DBS V12's enemies as they kidnap his lover interest. Bond's love interest is caught up in the middle the road and Bond has to quickly change his direction. Bond's Aston Martin flips a lot before it finally lands on its wheels.
Bond's Aston Martin DBS V12 only features a spare gun and a defibrillator. Casino Royale was part of Ford's three-movie James Bond agreement that promised the presence the ultra-luxurious Aston Martins. Ford was Aston Martins' parent company at the time. Ford's last movie was Quantum of Solace, which Daniel Craig directed.
What made Spectre's Aston Martin Special for Spectre?
Aston Martin's DB10 model was made specifically for Bond Spectre 2015. This model marked Aston Martin's 50th year of working with the 007 franchise. Only ten DB10s were ever made, eight of which were used in Spectre's filming. The estimated value of this Aston Martin model is $2.1 million.
This is Aston Martin's most futuristic model. The DB10, a two-door bespoke coupe, was originally designed as a concept for Aston Martin's next V8 Vantage model. Bond can hit speeds of up to 190 mph using the car's V8 engine, which produces 500 horsepower.
Q quickly equipped the DB10 in a slew of top-quality accessories.
Here is a complete list of gadgets in the DB10.
- Rear heavy.50 calibre machine guns
- HUD for rearview mirror that connects with the machine gun
- Exhaust flamethrowers
- Driver ejector seat
- For protection against firearms, reinforced chassis
- This vehicle sinks in the water, much like A View to Kill.
What Cars will we see in the upcoming Bond Movie?
Aston Martin's DB5, V8 Vantage and DBS Superleggera will all be featured in No Time to Die. This is Daniel Craig's final Bond appearance.
The movie will be released in October 2021. 007 fans are eagerly awaiting its release. The Coronavirus pandemic delayed the release of the film, which was originally scheduled to be released earlier. Rare Aston Martin enthusiasts will be delighted to see the Valhalla on the big screen. Each Valhalla model has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. There are only 500 models.
The Valhalla has no side mirrors, which is one of its most unique design features. Aston Martin replaced the Valhalla's side mirrors with a hidden rear-facing camera. You can see the Valhalla's rear wings and its NASA-approved material, which bends carbon fiber.
The Valhalla has a heart rate monitor attached to its steering wheel. This car is sure to raise heart rates. Aston Martin built the Valhalla with a mind-bending 937 horsepower. Bond shouldn't have any trouble getting away.
It's wonderful to see Bond producers starring the beloved DB5 in Daniel Craig’s final addition to the franchise. You can see the iconic DB5 donut-smiling while using heavy-caliber machine guns in the No Time to Die trailer.
We are looking forward to the long-awaited No Time to Die.
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