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The Evolution of James Bond's Car

He’s suave, he’s a snappy dresser, he has cool gadgets, and the ladies love him – but what would James Bond be without his car? We decided to examine 007’s most noteworthy vehicles from films released between 1962 and 2015. Stars change (six actors played Bond during those years!), villains evolve, and Bond girls come and go, but throughout it all, one fact remains true: James Bond was the driver of some truly amazing cars.

What’s your favorite Bond car? Check out how 007’s cars have evolved over the years below.

Models Matter

When you think of James Bond’s vehicles, chances are the name Aston Martin comes to mind. During “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), Bond drove a DBS, and in “The Living Daylights” (1987) he drove a V8 Vantage Volante. And interestingly, since 2002, James Bond has driven only Aston Martins: In “Die Another Day” (2002) he owned a Vanquish, in “Casino Royale” (2006) and “Quantum of Solace” (2008) he zipped around in a DBS V12, in “Skyfall” (2012) he piloted a DB5, and in “Spectre” (2015) he’s behind wheel of his fastest car yet: an Aston Martin DB10.

Bond is also a BMW aficionado, driving a Z3, a 750iL, and a Z8 in three consecutive movies in the 1990s. His love of Lotus Esprits extends to two movies – an S1 in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” and a Turbo in 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only.” He also appreciates Bentleys, as evidenced in 1963’s “From Russia With Love” (he drove a 3.5L Drophead) and 1979’s “Moonraker” (he revved up a Mark VI).

Is your secret agent lifestyle always on the go? Watch the full-throttle GIF below.

James Bond Car Morph

Tricked Out

Horsepower, suspension, navigation – many cars have a handle on the basics, but James Bond’s cars often bring a little something extra to the road. What are the slickest features that leave James Bond fans shaken (not stirred)?

The silver Aston Martin that Bond drove in “Goldfinger” (1964) featured, among other things, an ejector seat, a smokescreen, and an oil slick release to help its driver out of tough situations. And 007’s beloved V8 Volante from “The Living Daylights” (1987) featured a self-destruct button that could be deployed in an emergency and outriggers for “skiing” in wintry conditions.

Talk about impressive performance: Bond successfully drove the Ford Mustang Mach 1 featured in “Diamonds are Forever” (1971) sideways down an alley, and the AMC Hornet X from 1974’s “The Man With the Golden Gun” completed an unbelievable bridge jump (sure, it was computer-modeled, but still!). But which vehicle really takes the cake? In 1997’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Bond’s Lotus Esprit S1 doubled as a submarine.

Want more details? Take a closer look at the progression of James Bond’s cars below.

The Evolution of James Bond's Car IG

Conclusion

No matter how you feel about James Bond movies, you have to admit that 007’s cars are impressive. Whether the vehicles are the result of movie magic (see: amphibious) or real-life stars of the auto world, there’s little doubt his cars are some of the coolest around.

 


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