GWA takes a look at 007’s coolest, fastest, and quirkiest cars of the last 50 years
Much like the movies, MI6 agent 007 has had a roller coaster history with his vehicles of choice. From American muscle to timeless British classics and everything in between, there are few types of cars, or vehicles in general for that matter, that James Bond hasn’t piloted over 50-plus years of films.
With SPECTRE in the cinemas, we took a look back at the world’s most famous spy and all of his cars, and whittled the list down to our favorite.
1962 Sunbeam Alpine
We saw bond’s first car in a hilariously, low-tech scene in 1962’s Dr. No, Sean Connery evades a large hearse on a mountain road that tries to ram him off the cliff in the small British roadster. This car set the tone right off the bat for the world’s coolest spy.
1963 Aston Martin DB5
The most iconic movie car of all time is also Bond’s best, with timeless looks, endless class, and all of the necessary tools to get the job done. Seen in 6 of the films, from Goldfinger to Skyfall, the Aston Martin DB5 is as much a part of the Bond franchise as any of the actors who have played the spy. We hope they find some way to incorporate it into every Bond film, but for now, we’re just glad it exists.
1967 Toyota 2000GT
What stands out as one of Bond’s best-looking cars might also be the most special. The Toyota 2000GT is regarded as Japan’s first supercar with only 351 made, and one of their best ever. The 2000GT made its appearance in You Only Live Twice, but without a roof, making it the only known example of a 2000GT roadster the world has ever seen.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Following a stint with the Mercury Cougar in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond’s relationship with American muscle reached full swing with the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 seen in Diamonds Are Forever. Famously seen on the wrong two wheels squeezing through an alley in Las Vegas to evade the police.
1976 Lotus Esprit S1
The Lotus Esprit seen in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me may be the only Bond car that’s remembered for being something other than a car. After crashing his car into the water, Roger Moore’s Bond presses a button to turn it into a submarine, successfully evading the baddies chasing them. Bond-like boldness at its best.
1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6
It may not be a “looker” by conventional standards, but Bond isn’t one to be picky when he’s got a job to do. Besides, this is a rear-wheel-drive, Italian sports car, after all. The GTV6 made it’s debut in Octopussy after a hapless German citizen left it unattended while Bond was in need of a car. We’re both glad and surprised that it didn’t break down on the way there.
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
After an 18 year absence, Bond was back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin with all of the necessary gadgets. The V8 Vantage was the star in the 1987 film The Living Daylights, Timothy Dalton’s first film in the series. With lasers, missiles, outriggers, and tire spikes.
2007 Aston Martin DBS
Just as Casino Royale rebooted the series in 2007 at the hands of Daniel Craig, the DBS V-12 revitalized Aston Martin’s stake in the Bond franchise as the sultry ride of choice. Gadgetry was minimal but refreshingly realistic. Unfortunately, the DBS met its end in an accident that set the world record for the most rolls in a car at seven, thanks to the help of a nitrogen cannon behind the scenes.
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