Top 5 James Bond Cars
With the release of the new James Bond movie, Spectre, we thought we would have a look at our favourite Bond cars of all time. The list to choose from is huge as cars are such an integral part of the Bond experience. It was hard to narrow it down to five, but this is what we came up with.
1. Aston Martin DB5
The iconic Aston Martin DB5 featured in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery. It is the probably the most famous James Bond car because it is quintessentially Bond, and because it was the first car in the series of Bond movies to get a complete overhaul by Q. It had machine guns in the indicators, spikes on the wheels like the chariots in Ben Hur, bullet proof screens, radar, rotating number plates, and an ejector seat.
The first appear of the DB5 in Goldfinger is the most memorable, but it has also featured in other Bond films including GoldenEye with Pierce Brosnan and Casino Royale with Daniel Craig.
2. BMW Z8
The stunning BMW Z8 was driven by Pierce Brosnan in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. For many people it is the perfect Bond car, particularly after being kitted out by Q with the ultimate gadget – surface-to-air missiles. It had a difficult end though, in Azerbaijan. Bond narrowly escaped, but the Z8 was cut in half by a helicopter that was fitted with huge saws.
3. The Lotus Esprit S1
The Lotus Esprit S1 is a cool looking car, and it was fitted with lots of gadgets for Bond to fight the bad guys, but it makes it onto this list because it was able to go underwater. On the road it had a cement sprayer weapong hidden behind the number plate but in the water it had mines, torpedoes and surface-to-air missiles. It appeared in the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me starring Roger Moore.
4. BMW 750iL
The BMW 750iL was given to James Bond by Q in the 1997 movie Tomorrow Never Dies. It starred Pierce Brosnan as Bond. Q added loads of gadgets, reinforcements, and missiles including tear gas emitters, a rocket launcher, tyres that could inflate themselves while driving, and a cable cutter. It could also be driven by remote control using Bond’s mobile phone. He did this, making the car jump off the roof of a car park.
5. AMC Hornet
Okay, the AMC Hornet is not as good a car as some other Bond vehicles that didn’t make the list, but we have included it as our fifth choice for one reason – it is a word record holder. It appears in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Roger Moore was Bond and he stole the car from a showroom. In the process he did a jump that involved a twisting corkscrew, the first time such a stunt was ever filmed. That makes it a world record, and therefore part of cinema history.