Saturday, January 5, 2013

James Bond Cars - From Aston Martin to BMW Z8

James Bond Cars, Featuring the Classic Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger

The Aston Martin appears in one form or another in the Eon Productions films "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "The Living Daylights," "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Die Another Day," "Quantum of Solace,"  "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall." According to surveys, this is the most popular Bond car. The actual one that Sean Connery drove in "Goldfinger" recently sold at auction for £2.6m.

Sean Connery Aston Martin Goldfinger 1964
Sean Connery with his 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in "Goldfinger." This is the one with the ejection seat, rear-mounted bulletproof shield, machine guns, revolving license plate, and cup holders. Actually, I'm joking about the cup holders, those weren't invented for another ten years.

Daniel Craig Aston Martin Skyfall

Daniel Craig with his Aston Martin in "Skyfall."

Aston Martin DBS On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969

The Aston Martin DBS was featured in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in the opening sequence and later during the chase through the winter rally. It also is the car in which Bond and his new wife leave for their honeymoon (and we all know what happened then).

Aston Martin The Living Daylights

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage appeared driven by Timothy Dalton in "The Living Daylights." This is a direct descendant (and the last) of the one George Lazenby drove in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." It was loaded with gadgets, such as spiked tires, retractable skis, steel-cutting lasers, and missiles.

Aston Martin DBS V12

Aston Martin DBS V12 was in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" (a black 2008 model). It was the latest Aston Martin at the time, and didn't have many gadgets. The real selling point was the luxurious interior and a defibrillator (which comes in handy in James Bond's line of work).
Aston Martin DBS V12 Die Another Day
This is the Aston Martin DBS V12 at work in "Die Another Day."

Aston Martin DB-5 Goldfinger
This was the model car that many kids built in the 1960s and 1970s (and some perhaps still do). It is the classic version, with the guns in the front and the metal plate that comes up behind the rear window.
Aston Martin Cars 2
The Aston Martin was animated in "Cars 2."


BMW Z8 from The World is Not Enough

In "The World is Not Enough," Pierce Brosnan drives a BMW Z8 (E52). It also features in the games: James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire and 007 Racing. In the film, it was driven by Bond (Pierce Brosnan) until being sliced in half by a helicopter equipped with tree-cutting saws in Azerbaijan. The car was also featuring in the music video for the theme song, driven by Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson (who could not legally drive at the time).

Aston Martin Z3 roadster Goldeneye

Pierce drove a BMW Z3 Roadster in "Goldeneye." It is perhaps the sleekest car of the bunch, but the producers of the series felt it important to go back to the series' roots once Daniel Craig took over.

1962 Sunbeam Alpine Roadsters

Sunbeam Alpine Roadster Dr. No 1962

This was a light lake blue convertible that James Bond rented in Jamaica to drive to the mountain apartment of Miss Taro. He is chased by The Three Blind Mice in a hearse on the way up, but drives under a crane in the road which the hearse can't fit under.
Dr. No Sunbeam Alpine Roadster
Here is a slightly better view. It really is a pretty car, though very ordinary. It was used in the film because the producers couldn't find any other sports car that would work!

Lotus Esprit Turbo

Lotus Esprit Turbo For Your Eyes Only

Roger Moore and Lotus For Your Eyes Only
Roger Moore drove this in "For Your Eyes Only" to a ski resort in Northern Italy. It looks great with a pair of skis on top.

Lotus underwater The Spy Who Loved Me
The Lotus in action underwater

The famous Lotus on display

This also is the car that Bond drove as a submarine in "The Spy Who Loved Me." The dashboard transforms into a submarine instrument panel, and Barbara Bach was along for the ride. No, the car couldn't really do what it did, but it sure looked like it!

Roger Moore Barbara Bach Lotus Esprit The Spy Who  Loved Me

Here is the 1976 Lotus Esprit on land in "The Spy Who Loved Me." Hey, you can have the car, I'll take the girl (Barbara Bach).

Citroen 2CV

Citroen 2CV For Your Eyes Only

Special edition Citroen produced in honor of the "For Your Eyes Only" stunt car

Featured in "For Your Eyes Only," this was somewhat of a joke vehicle for Roger Moore to drive as Bond, as it ultimately which winds up in a swimming pool. It wound around the hills of a Spanish olive grove plantation. It had to be fit with a more powerful engine than was standard for it in order to stand the strain. The car was so popular that Citroen made a special 007 edition, and the Corgi model car was one of that line's best sellers.

Toyota 2000 GT

Toyota 2000 GT in You Only Live Twice 1967

This is not the actual car, but similar

In "You Only Live Twice," James Bond had to drive a Japanese car, and this is the one. It was driven by Bond girl Aki. This was a special model, as no convertibles were sold in this form. Sean Connery was so big that he barely fit in it. Only 300 GTs total were made.

Ford Mustang Mach

Ford Mustang in Diamonds Are Forever 1971

Bond didn't only drive European cars. In "Diamonds are Forever," set partly in Las Vegas, he drives one while evading the police. The famous sequence is when he has to go up on two wheels to get down a narrow alleyway. The roots of this car, though, go back to "Goldginger," the Ford Mustang's first model year. Tilly Masterson drove one in the Swiss Alps in that film. It also was the car that Steve McQueen drove in the famous "Bullitt" car chase in San Frnacisco.

Flying AMC Pacer

This is the flying car in which the villain escaped in "The Main with the Golden Gun."

The famous flying car


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