Thursday, January 24, 2013

James Bond 007 Posing with his Cars

James Bond 007 Likes His Rides Neither Shaken nor Stirred

Sean Connery standing by his Aston Martin in Goldfinger 1964

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all have one thing in common: posing with hot... cars. No matter what the time period, a sporty car is a necessity for James Bond. The Aston Martin may be the enduring ride of choice, but every James Bond has to put his own personal stamp on his vehicle of choice.

Sean Connery
Sean Connery having a bit of fun.

Herewith, each James Bond 007 posing with his Aston Martin or other ride of choice.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery established the classic prototype Aston Martin as the spy vehicle of choice. Ironically, perhaps, Sean Connery's most famous driving sequence as James Bond 007 was in Dr. No. He drove a Sunbeam Alpine, a distinctly low-rent sports car, because that's the only one the producers could find in Jamaica, where the sequence was shot.

Sean Connery standing by his Aston Martin in Goldfinger 1964
Sean Connery looking very satisfied with his ride in "Goldfinger"

Sean Connery driving a Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No
Sean Connery driving his Sunbeam Alpine.

Sean Connery in Dr. No
Sean Connery posing for "Dr. No."

Sean Connery on the run in You Only Live Twice 1967
Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice

Sean Connery with his Goldfinger Aston Martin
Sean Connery posing for "Never Say Never Again."

George Lazenby

George Lazenby was the most deprived James Bond, car-wise. He spent most of the film isolated on a remote mountain-top ski lodge accessible by helicopter. When he finally did get to drive off into the sunset - well, it didn't turn out so well. 

George Lazenby with Diana Rigg in his wedding car in On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969
George Lazenby and Mrs. James Bond

George Lazenby in a carriage in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
George Lazenby and Diana Rigg in a carriage.

George Lazenby with his dead wife in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
George Lazenby in the best scene of his career

Roger Moore

Roger Moore gets the prize for best and most varied rides. He may never have driven an Aston Martin as James Bond 007, but he drove just about everything else.
Roger Moore wryly breaks the fourth wall whilst driving in "For Your Eyes" Only" (1981).

The true co-star in a James Bond film starring Roger Moore never was the bad guy, the bad guy's henchman or a Bond girl - it was James Bond's Lotus or  a trick car that wound up at the bottom of a swimming pool or sawed in half (but still, of course, driveable!).

Roger Moore with his Lotus in For Your Eyes Only 1981
Roger Moore looking proud of his Lotus.

Roger Moore Aston Martin
Roger Moore on his funky-colored ride.

Roger Moore standing by a car sawed in half
The 1970s were the age of trick cars for James Bond.

Roger Moore kicking a car off a cliff
Roger Moore kicking the bad guy to the curb.

Roger Moore with rifle in Jeep
Roger Moore letting someone else drive for a change

Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
Roger Moore as the "white guy in Harlem" in "Live and Let Die."

Roger Moore with Barbara Bach with his Lotus Esprit
Roger Moore with a pretty girl, Barbara Bach, and his Lotus.

Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton didn't really do much splashy stuff in his cars. He gravitated toward jeeps and other funky vehicles that were useful for the moment. No James Bond, though, looked better standing next to his ride in a black tuxedo than Timothy Dalton.

Timothy Dalton black tuxedo standing by his car
Timothy Dalton and his classic good looks as James Bond.

Timothy Dalton on a street next to his car
Timothy Dalton rocking a trench coat with his ride.

Timothy Dalton with Maryam D'Abo
Timothy Dalton with Maryam D'abo.

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan eschewed the black tuxedo look for a more businessman like attire. He also went for expensive, sleek cars of the '90s rather than the classical look. The result was that, handsome as he was, he wound up looking more like a suburban lawyer driving to the office than the world's greatest spy.

Pierce Brosnan with his ride
Pierce Brosnan with the car every junior executive wanted.
Pierce Brosnan looking cool and collected with his ride.

Pierce did have one ride that none of the other Bonds did.
Pierce takes off in his tank.

Pierce drives a Soviet T-55 tank through the city streets of St. Petersburg in "Goldeneye" (1995). Yes, the Soviets were gone by 1995, but they built it.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig abuses his cars more than any other James Bond. However, with so many changes taking place within the series during his tenure as James Bond - a more muscular style, fewer seductions and martinis, more fistfights - he returns to the classic Sean Connery-era Aston Martin for the symbolism.

Daniel Craig with the classic Aston Martin in Skyfall 2012
Daniel Craig may be humorless, but he has a nice car.

Daniel Craig wheeling around a motorcycle
Daniel Craig driving a motorcycle

Daniel Craig in his wrecked Aston Martin from Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig abusing an Aston Martin.

In fact, Daniel Craig is so tough, he doesn't need no stinkin' cars!


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