James Bond has been saving the world for over 50 years, and in that time, he has driven an abundance of cars. Some have been truly legendary, and others have been downright appalling. Daniel Craig announced he would play James Bond for the last time in 2019 and we wanted to look back at the many cars Bond has driven and decided the best and worst cars the British spy has driven.
The Aston Martin DB5 is THE Bond car. It first appears in 1964’s Goldfinger with Sean Connery’s Bond behind the wheel. It was the first time Bond, and Aston Martin partnered up and would be the beginning of the beautiful friendship. MI6 ensures the DB5 was ready for Bond, installing machine guns, three-way revolving number plates, bulletproof shield at the rear, smoke screen, tyre-slashing spikes and an ejector seat.
It has appeared in multiple Bond films since its Goldfinger performance, including in GoldenEye and a few of Craig-era films including Casino Royale and Skyfall. After being rebuilt at the end of Spectre, it is likely we will see it yet again in upcoming films.
You may begin to spot an occasional pattern with this list, but there is a reason why Aston Martin and the Bond Franchise has such a close relationship. Different Aston Martins have appeared throughout the franchise, and in the Living Daylights, it was the turn of the V8 Vantage.
This Aston Martin had a control panel under the centre armrest, which controlled the wheel lasers, missiles with heads up display targeting on the windscreen, pop-out spiked tyres rocket boosters and the police radio receiver. It also helped that the Aston was bulletproof as it took a lot of gun fire in that film.
For the most recent film, Spectre, Aston Martin delivered a bespoke concept car, designed entirely for James Bond. That car has since been used to develop designs for the future Aston Martins of the next decade.
It became a central star of the film’s marketing campaign and pulled off a brilliant performance racing through the streets of Rome with a Jaguar C-X75 hot on its heels. This car wasn’t fully loaded for this film with no ammo for the machine guns. Q fitted it with music for 009 rather than 007. There was flamethrower out the rear, and it does now come with an ejector seat as standard.
One of the most legendary cars in the Bond Franchise is the Lotus Esprit. It looks great, especially in white and its car chase in The Spy Who Loved Me was epic, but there is one feature that made the Lotus Esprit James Bond Royalty.
It transformed itself into a full-working submarine when it hit the water and was even equipped with anti-aircraft missiles to take out the enemy helicopters. During the car chase, the Esprit also took out motorbikes and cars before Bond drove it off a pier into the water, where it transformed.
Hardly the stuff of legend is it?
The Citroen 2CV was France’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle and…well… It wasn’t up to much. Bond in normal circumstances wouldn’t have been caught dead in it. But, Bond knows how to deal with whats on offer at the time.
When you are being shot at, and a mysterious woman takes out some of the henchman chasing you with a crossbow, you have little choice but to jump into the yellow 2CV that later tips overs and requires the help of the locals to upright it. In fact, it tumbles a few times, but at least it does succeed at a decent J-turn.
The Ford Mondeo isn’t a particularly terrible car. It served as Bond’s airport hire in Casino Royale. The worst thing about the inclusion of the Ford Mondeo in the film is that it was a result of lazy product placement.
Ford was contracted to supply the cars for the first Daniel Craig outing, and you can tell. There were Fords everywhere, but James Bond taking a cruise through the Bahamas in a Ford Mondeo was not the best choice to introduce the newest rendition of the role, no matter how cool Craig looks in any car he drives.
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