In the 54 years of James Bond films, there are always three things seen: a hot woman to be in Bond’s arms, a crazy villain with a crazy plan, and a nice car that drives fast and is full of fancy gadgets inside of it. Let’s emphasize the fast cars and its gadgets because it makes Bond cooler, besides having a British accent, being good looking, and drinking martinis. Obviously, one should not drink and drive, but one can drive fast to chase down a henchman (or woman) or drive off into the sunset with the gorgeous woman by his side. There have been many sleek vehicles Bond has driven off in, but what are the best?
1. Aston Martin DB5
Let’s start with the original, iconic Bond car. It is the original vehicle that Bond, as 007, drove around despite the perils around him. It made appearances in 6 movies: Goldfinger, GoldenEye, Thunderball, Casino Royale, Tomorrow Never Dies, Skyfall.
In the novel version of Goldfinger, it is an Aston Martin DB Mark III with an invisible gun compartment. In the adaptation, the production designer team used the latest Aston Martin at the time, being DB5, and fitted it with tire shredders, machine guns, oil sprayer, a GPS, ejection seat and rotating number plates.
Here’s a fun fact for you: Aston Martin almost didn’t let the producers allow the use of their vehicle for the movie versions. They weren’t too fond of their car being used for the spy genre, but there was enough convincing to allow their permission to use their car. The massive success of Goldfinger led to the manufacturer promoting their vehicle from Thunderball onward, making their brand recognizable worldwide.
2. Lotus Esprit S1
In one of the more better post-Connery pictures, The Spy Who Loved Me features an incredible car chase in which the Lotus goes into the water and turns into the submarine. For 1977, that is very high tech. In terms of speed, the car was perfect for driving, hitting 60 MPH in 8 seconds and reached a top speed at 133 MPH.
The “Wet Nellie,” as it was called, is still in existence. After years of storage handling and lack of ownership, Elon Musk, who intends on making it a real car-submarine in the future, bought it for a cheap £550,000.
3. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Die Another Day is among the worst of the Bond films, but the car is considered among the best seen on film behind its predecessor, the DB5. The car had the usual weapons – 2 machine guns, front-firing rockets, spiking tires, hood-mounted shotguns, and that world-famous ejector seat. In addition, this Aston was equipped with camouflage, which allowed the care to become invisible at the push of a button. Why couldn’t the movie be as a good as the car?
So, that dashing gentleman known as James Bond from the estate of Skyfall, is a hell of a driver and can do with the coolest, sleekest sports car out there on just about any road. Of course, these stories are fiction, but imagining driving a vehicle with such features is quite dreamy. You would test drive these, wouldn’t you?