The Legendary Cars of James Bond
The cars driven by the debonair protagonist have always been one of the most emblematic elements of the James Bond films. From the instantly-recognizable Aston Martin DB5 to the bright-yellow Citroën 2VC, a number of brands and models have had the privilege of featuring their cars on the silver screen. Here are just some of the legendary cars that have co-starred in the films of secret agent 007.
Hijinks behind the wheel
Adapted from the novels by English author Ian Fleming, James Bond is one of film’s most well-known characters. Over 24 official films and a series of different actors, this secret agent hero has dazzled viewers with unforgettable action scenes and the sheer glamour of a world full of martinis, beautiful women, and fast cars.
The latter is perhaps one of the most iconic elements of the James Bond series, as the choice of the lead man’s vehicle has become one of the most exciting and talked-about aspects. In the novels, James Bond drove a Bentley. In the cinema adaptation however, the protagonist has piloted a wide variety of leading-edge cars from a broad spectrum of manufacturers. Let’s take a look at some of the most noteworthy of these legendary automobiles.
The unmistakeable Aston Martin
The third Bond film, 1964’s Goldfinger, featured star Sean Connery accompanied by a car that became an instant sensation, the Aston Martin DB5. This is perhaps the most famous of all of the agent’s rides, appearing in a number of films, as recently as 2012. This elegant and sleek British luxury car has been equipped with all sorts of gadgets and dazzled in innumerable chase scenes.
The partnership between the Bond films and Aston Martin was not limited to the DB5, as the V8 Vantage Volante and the V12 Vanquish also made notable appearances in 1987 and 2002, respectively. Appearing in 1981 film For Your Eyes Only, the Citroën 2VC is one of the most unique vehicles to star in a Bond film. This small, sunshine-yellow car featured Roger Moore carefully manoeuvring through narrow streets, showcasing the 2VC’s agility rather than its raw power or speed.
Amphibious vehicles and flying cars
Aston Martin and Citroën are far from the only brands to be steered by 007. BMW, for example, has made an appearance with the (self-driving!) 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies, and the stylish BMW X8 in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough. Another essential Bond car hit the screen in 1978 in The Spy Who Loved Me, the iconic Lotus Esprit S1. Of course, the screen version had the ability to transform into a submarine and fire torpedoes, a feature not shared by its terrestrial commercial counterpart. This ability to transform has been a staple of Bond cars, not forgetting the villain’s AMC Matador that could change into a plane, seen in The Man With a Golden Gun.
The latest Bond vehicle, in 2015, was of course an Aston Martin. The DB10 was created explicitly for the film itself, and will never be released to the public. A shame, because this car is simply tremendous in is power and elegance, and deserving as the latest in a long line of Bond cars.
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