It has been more than 55 years since the debut of the first Bond film – Dr. No. Let us see how 007’s wheels have changed over the years.
1. Aston Martin DB5
Movies: Thunderball, Goldfinger, Golden Eye, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Tomorrow never dies
There really cannot be any doubt about choosing this one as the no. 1 car on our list. After all, the famous old DB5 started it all.
This car didn’t just appear in one film, but went on to gain its appearance in five more, thereby gaining almost as much popularity as Mr. Bond himself.
Now, the Aston Martin DB5 was definitely not the first Bond car. Sean Connery drove a Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No (the first Bond film), yet it’s considered the most famous Bond car in the world because of the modifications associated with it including the likes of:
- An oil sprayer,
- Machine guns,
- Rotating number plates,
- Tyre shredders,
- A tracking system, and
- An ejector seat.
2. Bentley Mark IV (Drophead 3.5L)
Movie: From Russia With Love
007’s car in the 1963 movie From Russia with Love is a bit unusual one for the series especially because the Bentley Mark IV was around thirty years old at the time of the film’s release.
Although Bond had driven a Bentley in several of Ian Fleming novels, but that was the Bentley 4.5L; one predating Mark IV 3.4L by 2 years. Nevertheless, we still think this was the inspiration behind the inclusion of the car in this film.
3. Lotus Esprit S1
Movie: The Spy who Loved Me
The Aston Martin DB5 is the most iconic car of all, but if you ask me to go for a spy car, the Lotus Esprit S1 tops them all.
This car participated in one of the best car chases of the series and finished it off in style where it took a plunge off the pier and turned into a submarine for an underwater boat chase. Now, how cool it that?
4. Toyota 2000GT Roadster
Movie: You Only Live Twice
James Bond didn’t drive this car in the movie “You only live twice.”
The Japanese S.I.S. agent drove this beauty to save an unsuspecting Bond from a nefarious end showing off some exceptional driving skills through Tokyo.
5. Mercury Cougar XR-7
Movie: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
When James Bond was on the run in Piz Gloria without his Aston, he had to rely on his would-be wife Di Vicenzo and her memorable red Mercury Cougar.
It’s the first car on our list coming without any gadgets, but it still makes up for it with action and more screen time than any of the rides mentioned in this post.
With skis mounted on its trunk, the Cougar slipped and slid between six-foot snowbanks as it drove through the Alps. Ultimately it did take some fierce beating but emerged victorious after some pretty memorable stunts to boot.
So that brings us to the end of the list for now. To know more about a few more Bond cars and their backstories, you may refer to the infographic provided below.