Revving Up the Bond Legacy: A Tribute to James Bond Cars
Iconic characters, perilous adventures, sly wit, and captivating charm – these are the ingredients that make James Bond, the world’s most famous spy, an enduring cinematic legend. But amidst the international intrigue and cocktail sipping, one element of the Bond franchise revs louder than the rest: James Bond’s cars.
These vehicles, as varied and memorable as the villains Bond encounters, combine high-performance, technology, luxury, and sometimes just practicality, but each one has become cultural touchstones.
In this article, we’ll take a high-octane journey through the dazzling array of automobiles that have featured in Bond’s missions over the decades. We will explore every car – whether owned by MI6, commandeered in the heat of the moment, or provided by an ally – each playing its part in the thrilling action and unforgettable style of the Bond franchise.
So, whether you’re a fan of the classic Aston Martin DB5, with its hidden weaponry and ejector seat, or you prefer the amphibious Lotus Esprit S1, there’s a James Bond car that speaks to every motoring enthusiast.
So, buckle up, start your engines, and join us as we navigate through the fascinating world of James Bond’s cars.
James Bond Cars of the 1960s
Sunbeam Alpine 1961
In the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962), James Bond is seen behind the wheel of a quintessential British classic: the Sunbeam Alpine 1961. This vivid blue convertible had none of the high-tech gadget-loaded cars that would later become a staple of the Bond franchise, but it laid the groundwork for what was to become a defining element of the Bond identity: stylish, sophisticated, and just a bit daring.
In the movie, Bond, played by Sean Connery, rents the Alpine while on assignment in Jamaica. He drives the car to Miss Taro‘s home, located in the picturesque Blue Mountains. Along the way, Bond is pursued by the henchmen of Dr. Julius No but deftly escapes, using his wits and the car’s agility, marking the beginning of Bond’s long association with thrilling car chases.
The Sunbeam Alpine 1961 was a sporty two-seater convertible, made by the British manufacturer Rootes Group. It marked a new chapter in British automotive design and was one of the first “mass-market” sports cars from the UK.
The Alpine’s appeal lay not just in its sporty aesthetics, but also in its performance. Equipped with a 1.6L engine, the car was capable of speeds up to 100 mph – a notable feat for its time. The Alpine was also known for its nimble handling and tight cornering, features that would have come in handy during Bond’s daring escape from Dr. No’s henchmen.
From Russia with Love
Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupé Park Ward (1938)
The Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupé Park Ward is perhaps the most historically significant vehicle in From Russia with Love. Parked near the start, while Bond and Sylvia Trench are enjoying some downtime, the car isn’t seen again. Still, a dialogue exchange in the next movie Goldfinger suggests that this was James Bond’s first vehicle that had been equipped by Q Branch.
In Goldfinger, Bond asks about the Bentley, to which Q’s regretful response: “It’s had its day, I’m afraid. M’s orders, 007.” The only visible gadget in the car is a car phone. This particular Bentley, with the chassis number B4MR and license plate EYX 393, initially remained with Bentley for trials until sold to Lt. P. W. Pedley in 1941.
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (1958)
Another car Bond is sen in is the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (1958), owned by Ali Kerim Bey. It’s in this luxurious ride, with chassis number LELW21, that Kerim’s son chauffeurs Bond from Yesilköy Airport. The Silver Wraith, produced by Rolls-Royce from 1946 to 1959, was the company’s first post-war model and a symbol of opulence and elegance. The 1958 model was renowned for its performance and comfort, making it a fitting choice for Bond’s grand arrival in Istanbul.
Ford Ranch Wagon (1960)
Another vehicle Bond is seen in is the Ford Ranch Wagon (1960), also owned by Ali Kerim Bey. Bond and Kerim use this vehicle for a trip to the gypsy camp, and it appears again later, driven by one of Kerim’s sons to rendezvous with the Orient Express. Notably, the vehicle seen in the first scene is a two-door model, while the one appearing later is a four-door. The Ford Ranch Wagon was a popular American station wagon, praised for its utility and durability, attributes that serve Bond and Kerim well in their ventures.
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5, introduced in Goldfinger (1964), is the most iconic of all James Bond cars. This sleek and suave vehicle encapsulates the charm and sophisticated gadgetry associated with the world’s most famous spy. It’s not just a car, it’s a symbol of the Bond franchise, etched into the annals of cinematic history.
In total, four DB5s were used for the filming of Goldfinger. The first, known as DP/2161/1, was the original prototype for the DB5 and featured a host of gadgets installed by Q Branch. Originally painted Dubonnet Red, it appeared in an episode of British TV series, The Saint before being reimagined for its star role in Goldfinger.
Tragically, the car was stolen in Florida from its owner, Anthony Pugliese, in 1997. In a twist worthy of a Bond movie, however, the Telegraph reported in August 2021 that the car was found in the Middle East by Art Recovery International.
The second filming car, DB5/1486/R, was used primarily for driving scenes. Although initially gadget-free, it was later retrofitted with spy gear for promotional purposes, featuring pop-out gun barrels, a bullet shield, and a rotating number plate displaying “LU 6789”, “4711-EA-62”, or “BMT 216A”. The car sold at an RM Auctions event in 2010 to Harry Yeaggy for a staggering $4.6 million.
The two remaining cars, DB5/2017/R and DB5/2008/R, were used strictly for publicity. The first now resides in the Louwman Museum in The Hague. The second was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in August 2019 for a mouthwatering $6.4 million, though the buyer’s identity remains a secret.
The Aston Martin DB5 is a testament to the craftsmanship of its era and after it was introduced the Aston Martin brand became an enduring symbol of the James Bond legacy.
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 makes a reappearance in the opening sequence of Thunderball, acting as Bond’s getaway vehicle during his daring jet pack escape. As part of this scene, the car has been fitted out with rear-facing water cannon, a gadget not seen in Goldfinger. This action-packed prelude seamlessly transitions into the film’s aquatic-themed credits sequence.
You Only Live Twice
In You Only Live Twice (1967), James Bond journeys to Tokyo, where he encounters the Toyota 2000GT, a car as exotic and intriguing as the city itself. This sleek vehicle, driven by Aki, Bond’s ally, plays a significant role during Bond’s time in Tokyo.
The Toyota 2000GT presented a unique challenge for the movie. The model didn’t come in a convertible version, and due to Sean Connery’s size, he couldn’t comfortably fit into the coupe. To solve this, Toyota designed two special one-off open-top versions of the 2000GT specifically for the movie. One was used for filming, while the other served as a backup.
After filming, the primary car was sent to England for promotional purposes. It was further customized with various gadgets by John Stears, adding to its Bond credentials. However, around the time of the movie’s release, this unique car mysteriously disappeared, and its whereabouts still remains a mystery.
The second car had a somewhat quieter life. Initially displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1967, it later served as a course car at the Fuji Speedway. Eventually, in 1977, Toyota re-acquired the car from a private owner in Hawaii. Today, it’s on display at the Toyota Automobile Museum, standing as a testament to Toyota’s engineering prowess and an iconic piece of Bond’s automotive history.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), James Bond’s uses two cars, the Aston Martin DBS (1968) and the Mercury Cougar XR7 (1969), each playing its unique role in the film’s narrative.
Aston Martin DBS
The Aston Martin DBS,an MI6 owned car is in a few scenes, most notably in the pre-credits teaser and as the getaway car for James and Tracy’s wedding.
The car, sophisticated and suave, is equipped with a hidden compartment for a sniper rifle in the glovebox. However, contrary to expectations, it lacks bulletproof glass as demonstrated at the film’s climax. The DBS makes a cameo in the following movie, Diamonds Are Forever, parked in Q Branch back in London.
Aston Martin provided two cars for the film, DBS/5109/R for studio scenes and DBS/5234/R for exterior shots, both bearing the license plate GKX 8G.
Mercury Cougar XR7
The second vehicle that plays a big role in James Bond’s investigation is a red Mercury Cougar XR7, owned by Contessa Teresa de Vicenzo, also known as Tracy.
We first see the car when Tracy drives it onto a beach as she attempts suicide, and later in a winter stock-car race on an ice-covered track, helping Bond’s escape from Blofeld’s henchmen and Irma Blunt.
Three Cougars were used in filming, with the rally sequence car being scrapped post-production. One of the remaining cars sold at Bonhams in December 2020 for an impressive £356,500. The other one is currently owned by the Ian Fleming Foundation.
James Bond Cars of the 1970s
Diamonds Are Forever
In Diamonds are Forever (1971), James Bond uses two strikingly different cars: the Triumph Stag and the Ford Mustang Mach 1.
The Triumph Stag, a pre-production Mark I bearing build number LD14, is owned by Diamond smuggler Peter Franks, but Bond takes it Franks’ identity. Driving it to Dover and then to Amsterdam, the car navigates through various thrilling situations with the same suaveness as Bond himself.
After its on-screen appearance, the vehicle led an interesting life. It was part of the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum for a while before being purchased by Michael Dezer in 2011. In 2014, Dezer sold it to an undisclosed buyer, taking the car on another chapter of its journey.
Ford Mustang Mach 1
Tiffany Case’s Ford Mustang Mach 1 brings an American muscle car’s raw power to the James Bond mix. The car becomes the star of the show during a high-octane chase scene in Las Vegas. The scene reaches its peak when the Mustang, in a stunning display of precision and skill, balances on two side wheels to navigate a narrow alley, cementing its place in the pantheon of iconic Bond vehicles.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is an iconic classic that captured the heart of American muscle car heritage after its first release in 1969. The 1971 model features a sleek, aerodynamic design and powerful V8 engine options.
The car’s unique style is emphasized by its “SportsRoof” body style, bold front grille, and the recognizable “Mach 1” logo on the rear. The interior is no less impressive, with high-back seats, a sports steering wheel, and a unique instrument panel, making it not just a fast car, but a remarkable symbol of its era.
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die (1973) saw Roger Moore take over the car keys, and his first movie introduced us to two distinct vehicles that Bond used: the Chevrolet Impala (1963) and an AEC Regent III Double Decker Bus.
Chevrolet Impala (1963)
The 1963 Chevrolet Impala is seen in many scenes in the movie. Bond initially robs one and is in a chase through Harlem with Mr. Big‘s henchmen, who also drive them. Then, later in the movie, Bond takes the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala Convertible, driving Rosie Carver through the forest in this iconic vehicle. The Chevrolet Impala’s presence in these scenes adds a touch of American elegance and authenticity, complimenting the film’s urban and rustic settings.
AEC Regent III Double Decker Bus
The AEC Regent III Double Decker Bus, a symbol of British urban life, offers an interesting twist in Bond’s transportation choices. Introduced in the late 1930s, this iconic bus was a fixture on London’s streets throughout the 20th century.
Despite production halting during the war, it resumed post-war, making these buses a familiar sight in London. In Live and Let Die, Bond steals the double-decker bus to make a thrilling escape from the San Monique paid police on the island of San Monique.
The scene reaches its climax when Kananga’s police believe they have cornered Bond, as he hurtles towards a low bridge. However, in a breathtaking twist, Bond drives the double-decker bus straight under the bridge.
The top half of the bus is sheared off in a shower of debris, but Bond and Solitaire, unscathed in the lower level, manage to make a thrilling escape, leaving their pursuers outwitted.
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) offered one of the best car chases through the streets of Bangkok, but James Bond was seen using two different cars: the AMC Hornet and the MGB.
The AMC Hornet (1974)
The 1974 AMC Hornet, a hatchback model in fiery red, is stolen by Bond from an AMC dealership in Bangkok, Thailand. Bond’s daring exit involves crashing through the showroom window, unbeknownst to Sheriff J.W. Pepper who was in the car looking to test-drive it.
The Hornet is also featured in a gravity-defying twisting corkscrew aerial jump. The stunt required a specially modified AMC Hornet with a lower stance and larger wheel wells. Calculations for the stunt were meticulously done by an engineer at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL), specifying exact parameters for the weight of the car and driver, angles, distance between ramps, and the launch speed.
The stunt was executed flawlessly by British stuntman “Bumps” Willert, with safety measures like frogmen, an emergency vehicle, and a crane standing by but thankfully they weren’t needed. This unique vehicle is currently displayed at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire.
MGB Roadster (1969)
The MGB sports car, owned by MI6 agent Mary Goodnight in Hong Kong, adds another layer of sophistication to the vehicular lineup. This lime-flower, two-door vehicle is used by Bond and Goodnight to tail Andrea Anders in her dark green Rolls-Royce.
The MGB, manufactured from 1962 to 1980 by the British Motor Corporation and later by Austin-Morris, is renowned for its blend of style, performance, and British charm. It stands out as a four-cylinder, soft-top sports car that offers a sense of luxury and elegance.
The Spy Who Loved Me
In The Spy Who Loved Me, James Bond was only seen using one car, but what a car it was: the iconic Lotus Esprit S1 submersible car.
Lotus Esprit S1
Bond takes ownership of it from Q while in Sardinia, and this stylish car reveals an exceptional secret – it can convert into a submarine, equipped with anti-aircraft missiles. Bond utilizes this unique feature to take down a persistent helicopter, while he’s submerged in the Mediteranean.
This Lotus Esprit S1, with its remarkable capabilities, is a testament to the innovative gadgetry associated with James Bond movies. The vehicle is currently on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
The Lotus Esprit S1 is a truly iconic car beyond its Bond fame. Launched in 1975 by British car manufacturer Lotus Cars, it quickly gained popularity due to its distinctive wedge-shaped design, mid-engine layout, and fiberglass body shell.
Designed by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Esprit S1 boasts a 4-cylinder engine capable of reaching impressive speeds for its era. Its elegant design and the featured role in the Bond movie have made it a classic in the world of sports cars, treasured by car enthusiasts worldwide.
In Moonraker (1979), James Bond vehicles are more about spaceships, although he is seen in a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and a Jeep Wagoneer.
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Upon his arrival at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, James Bond is chauffeured to his hotel in a luxurious Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. This instance might not present any high-speed car chase or showcase of gadgetry, but it does add a touch of sophistication that aligns perfectly with Bond’s persona.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, introduced in 1965, was a significant departure from its predecessors. With a unitary construction (a first for Rolls-Royce) and a more modern design, it sought to appeal to a younger clientele without compromising the brand’s hallmark luxury and refinement.
This model featured advanced specifications, including disc brakes and independent rear suspension. Its undeniable elegance and superior comfort make it an ideal vehicle for Bond’s tasteful discretion.
Later in the movie, we see Bond at the helm of a Jeep Wagoneer, driving it through some caves. Though it’s a brief scene, the choice of the Jeep Wagoneer is fitting for the rugged, off-road terrain.
The Jeep Wagoneer, first introduced in 1962, was a pioneering sport utility vehicle (SUV), offering a blend of car-like amenities with truck-like capabilities. This innovative design opened the market for SUVs as family vehicles.
Known for its off-road prowess, the Jeep Wagoneer was powered by strong engines and offered spacious interiors, making it a robust and practical vehicle. James Bond’s brief usage of this durable vehicle reinforces the versatility and adaptability that the character is renowned for.
James Bond Cars of the 1980s
For Your Eyes Only
In For Your Eyes Only (1981), 007 is seen driving two completely different cars. First, he’s seen driving the unlikeliest of James Bond cars: a bright yellow, Citroën 2CV after his Lotus self destructs. And later, he drives another Lotus Esprit Turbo.
Following the destruction of his Lotus Esprit Turbo, Bond is with Melina Havelock in her rented Citroën 2CV. Trying to get away from henchmen, the pair are involved in an adventurous car chase.
Pursued through a hairpin road, an olive orchard, and a village, Bond takes the wheel and even when tipped over on its side, the resilient 2CV is manually righted and continues the chase, ultimately helping Bond and Havelock’s escape from their pursuers. This iconic car is now on display at the Orlando Auto Museum in Florida.
The Citroën 2CV, or “Deux Chevaux,” is a French car introduced in 1948. It was designed to be an affordable, robust vehicle that could traverse any French terrain – from uneven rural paths to smoother city streets. Its light-weight body, durable design, and distinctive aesthetic made it a beloved vehicle in its home country and beyond.
Lotus Esprit Turbo
The Lotus Esprit Turbo makes two appearances in For Your Eyes Only, first as a white model driven by Bond in Spain, which meets an untimely end due to a break-in triggering its self-destruct mechanism. The second Esprit Turbo, a bronze model, is driven by Bond at a ski resort in Northern Italy.
These weren’t mere repaints of existing models but were specially commissioned vehicles for the film, further strengthening the connection between Bond and the Lotus brand. One of these vehicles can also be viewed at the Orlando Auto Museum.
The Lotus Esprit Turbo emerged as an evolved variant of the Lotus Esprit, showcasing greater power and refined aesthetics. It featured a 2.2L engine with a turbocharger, leading to a significant increase in performance, and a perfect car for James Bond.
In Octopussy, James Bond doesn’t drive a car, but is seen in two completely different vehicles during his investigation. In a unique situation he navigates an Indian marketplace in a Rickshaw taxi and he later hitches a ride in a classic Volkswagen Beetle in Germany.
The Rickshaw taxi, a ubiquitous mode of transport in many Asian countries, takes center stage in a thrilling chase. Bond commandeers the three-wheeled vehicle, speeding through the bustling Indian marketplace while simultaneously firing his signature Walther PPK from the rear seat.
Rickshaws, or Tuk Tuks, are a common sight in many Asian countries. They’re three-wheeled vehicles often used as taxis and are known for their nimble maneuverability, which is ideal for navigating congested city streets.
Later in the film, after an exhilarating train chase, Bond finds himself in need of transportation and catches a ride in a Volkswagen Beetle owned by a German couple. This unassuming compact car makes for an interesting contrast to the high-speed, high-stakes chase that precedes its appearance.
The Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic car produced by the German automaker Volkswagen. Its unique, rounded design and affordable pricing made it popular worldwide. Known in its home country as the ‘Volkswagen Type 1’, the Beetle held the title of the world’s best-selling car for much of the 20th century.
Despite its compact size, the Beetle is noted for its durability and ease of maintenance, making it a reliable ride for any secret agent on the move.
A View to a Kill
In Roger Moore’s last outing A View to a Kill, James Bond takes the wheel of a 1985 Renault 11, leading to a thrilling car chase through the streets of Paris. He also drives a 1985 Ford LTD while in Oakland, California.
The Renault 11, a compact hatchback, is put through the wringer during a chase through Paris. James Bond demonstrates the car’s surprising resilience as he drives it on stairs, under barriers, and even on top of buses. Despite having its roof chopped off and the entire back half of the car ripped away in the course of the chase, Bond continues to drive, demonstrating the Renault’s durability.
The Renault 11 was a popular compact car in the 1980s, noted for its practicality and economical performance. Its versatile design served Bond well in his improvised Parisian escape.
Meanwhile, the Ford LTD is put into service as Bond follows Stacy to Oakland. This full-sized American sedan stands in contrast to the compact European Renault, but proves equally valuable in Bond’s pursuit.
The Ford LTD was a popular choice among American families and law enforcement agencies in the 1980s due to its spacious interior, comfortable ride, and sturdy construction. The LTD’s reliable performance and spacious interior make it an ideal choice for Bond as he tracks down his target.
The Living Daylights
In The Living Daylights, James Bond drives an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, a car that seamlessly merges luxury with a formidable arsenal of high-tech features. It plays a significant role in the movie as a convertible, and later appears “winterised” with a hardtop.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
The V8 Vantage Volante is a luxurious, powerful vehicle, emblematic of the Aston Martin brand’s commitment to performance and elegance. But this is no ordinary luxury car. It has been customised with an array of features befitting a secret agent.
Among the features are extending side outriggers for added stability, spike-producing tires for an offensive edge, and missiles and lasers for self-defense – a modern take on the tire-slashers of the DB5. The car is also equipped with a smart radio capable of intercepting signals, a head-up display for real-time information, and rocket propulsion for rapid acceleration.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante is a luxury British sports car that expertly blends performance and elegance. Introduced in the 1970s, the Vantage Volante version is the convertible model of the standard V8 Vantage.
Underneath its sophisticated exterior lies a powerful heart: a 5.3-liter V8 engine that delivers impressive speed and smooth handling. This powerhouse was, at the time of its release, one of the fastest cars in the world, achieving top speeds of around 170 miles per hour.
With an air of exclusivity, only a limited number of these models were produced, making the V8 Vantage Volante a highly sought-after vehicle among car enthusiasts.
Licence to Kill
In Licence to Kill, James Bond is transported around Isthmus City in an opulent Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II. The car, owned by MI6, is chauffeured by none other than Q, the head of Q Branch.
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, a model that debuted in 1977, represents the epitome of British automotive luxury and craftsmanship. It’s known for its smooth ride, thanks to an innovative high-pressure hydraulic system with dual-circuit braking and hydraulic self-levelling suspension.
Under the hood, it boasts a robust 6.75-liter V8 engine that provides ample power while maintaining the smooth, nearly silent operation Rolls-Royce is renowned for. The car’s elegance is reflected in its polished wooden fittings, plush leather seats, and superior carpeting, reinforcing the ambiance of high-class comfort.
Externally, it features a distinctive design with a high waistline, providing the occupants with a sense of security and privacy. In the world of luxury automobiles, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II holds a significant place, embodying a balance of power, elegance, and sophisticated technology.
James Bond Cars of the 1990s
In Pierce Brosnan’s first movie, he’s seen in three different cars. The Aston Martin DB5, BMW Z3 and the ZAZ-965.
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 makes its return in the opening scenes of the movie, as James Bond is engaged in a high-speed race against Xenia Onatopp driving a Ferrari F355 GTS.
In the movie GoldenEye, the BMW Z3 serves as transport for Bond and Natalya Simonova as they navigate their mission. Jack Wade, an old CIA friend of Bond’s, flies over them in a light aircraft. The BMW Z3 is kitted with ‘Stinger’ missiles and an array of armaments, although we only witness the deployment of a parachute and an auto-HUD during the course of the movie.
The BMW Z3 is a compact executive roadster that was introduced in 1995. It was the first BMW model to be manufactured exclusively in the United States, at BMW’s Spartanburg plant. The Z3 was notable for being the first-ever BMW roadster with a steel monocoque chassis and for introducing a new, more aerodynamic “Z” styling cue to the BMW range.
The Z3 is powered by a range of four and six-cylinder engines, and its combination of rear-wheel drive dynamics, high build quality, and the prestige associated with the BMW brand made it a sales success.
In the same movie, Jack Wade drives the vintage Soviet classic, the ZAZ-965 A. Wade picks Bond up in this most unlikely of James Bond cars, but they encounter a breakdown. Ingeniously, Wade resorts to an unconventional repair method, using a mallet to rectify the engine issue.
The ZAZ-965 was a compact car produced by Soviet automobile manufacturer ZAZ (Zaporizhia Automobile Building Plant) from 1960 to 1969. It was inspired by the Italian Fiat 600, but with considerable alterations to meet the needs of the Soviet market.
The 965 was powered by a 23 horsepower V4 engine and was renowned for its ease of maintenance and fuel efficiency, making it a popular vehicle in the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries. Despite its unassuming appearance, the ZAZ-965 holds a certain nostalgic appeal and has become a classic symbol of Soviet automotive design.
Tomorrow Never Dies
In Tomorrow Never Dies, James Bond can be seen driving an iconic Aston Martin DB5 again, and he also takes to the wheel of another BMW, this time the 750iL. He’s also escorted in a Vauxhall Omega.
Aston Martin DB5
The James Bond car of choice, the Aston Martin DB5 is seen parked in front of the University of Oxford as James Bond spends some time with his “Danish professor“. It’s featured in a brief transition scene as Bond arrives at the Ministry of Defence.
James Bond’s main car in Tomorrow Never Dies is a BMW 750iL. It’s loaned to Bond by Q at an Avis rental station in Germany. This sophisticated vehicle comes with an array of gadgets, including missile launchers, caltrops, self-inflating tires, and a near-impenetrable body.
The car can be remotely controlled through a special Ericsson cell phone. During an intense chase scene in a carpark, Bond steps out of the vehicle and expertly maneuvers it to the rooftop using his phone. The car takes a daring leap off the carpark and lands in an Avis station across the street.
The BMW 750iL, a flagship model in BMW’s 7 Series, showcases the automaker’s ability to blend luxury, technology, and performance in a premium saloon. Introduced in the late 1980s, the 750iL was a standard-bearer for BMW’s prowess in automotive engineering.
Renowned for its spaciousness, the 750iL offers ample legroom for both front and rear passengers, creating an extremely comfortable riding experience. The interior design uses high-quality materials, including leather seats, wood accents, and a dashboard outfitted with the latest tech features.
Under the hood, the 750iL boasts a robust performance pedigree. The car is powered by a 5.4-liter V12 engine, offering smooth power delivery and rapid acceleration. The model is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, which ensures seamless gear shifts and contributes to a relaxing drive. But despite its focus on comfort, the 750iL is not short on performance.
Lastly, the Vauxhall Omega is featured as part of the motorcade carrying M and Bond from the Ministry of Defence.
The Omega, a staple of British government fleets, is a large executive car that was produced by the German automaker Opel. Its spacious and comfortable interior, combined with its impressive performance for its class, made it a popular choice among fleet operators and private buyers alike.
The World Is Not Enough
The World Is Not Enough was the last Bond movie of the 1990s, and it saw Bond take the keys to his third different BMW in a row. The DB5 also made an appearance and Bond was also seen in a Soviet made VAZ-2121.
Aston Martin DB5
In the movie, the Aston Martin DB5 is seen parked at the funeral of Sir Robert King. Later, a thermal image of the DB5 is briefly shown, hinting at its continued relevance in Bond’s world.
The VAZ-2121, also known as the Lada Niva, is a robust off-road vehicle manufactured by Soviet automaker AvtoVAZ. Designed for tough terrains, it is renowned for its durability and ability to handle difficult conditions, making it a reliable choice for Bond’s clandestine operations.
Despite its simple appearance, the Niva’s four-wheel-drive system and high ground clearance make it a versatile vehicle, especially in off-road situations.
The BMW Z8 was James Bond’s third BMW in a row, but met an unfortunate end, after getting bisected by a helicopter after firing a single shot from a surface-to-air missile.
The BMW Z8 is a luxury roadster produced by the German automaker from 2000 to 2003. With a striking design inspired by the 1956 BMW 507, the Z8 is a modern classic.
It’s equipped with a 4.9-liter V8 engine, which was borrowed from the BMW M5, and delivers a formidable 400 horsepower. Coupled with a six-speed manual transmission, the Z8 offers a thrilling drive, living up to the performance expectations of a James Bond car.
Its sleek, retro-styled aesthetics and high-performance capabilities made the Z8 an instant icon upon its release.
James Bond Cars of the 2000s
In Pierce Brosnan’s last outing, Die Another Day, James Bond takes the keys to the magnificent Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, and is part of a thrilling car chase in Iceland. He’s also seen in a Ford Fairlane while in Cuba.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
In Die Another Day, James Bond’s love affair with the BMW has stopped and he goes back to his old love the Aston Martin. The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, loaded with advanced features like front-firing rockets between two machine guns, hood-mounted target-seeking shotguns, spike-producing tires, and a passenger ejector seat.
Remarkably, when the car gets flipped onto its roof, Bond uses the ejector seat in a clever improvisation to right the car. The Aston Martin also possesses an “adaptive camouflage” or cloaking device, enabling the car to become effectively invisible at the push of a button.
The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was a high-performance coupe produced by the British manufacturer from 2001 to 2007. It was powered by a 5.9-liter V12 engine, producing a hefty 450 horsepower. With a top speed of 190 mph, it was one of the fastest production cars in the world at the time.
The car was noted for its powerful performance, stunning looks, and for introducing several new technologies to the Aston Martin brand.
In the same movie, Bond briefly drives a Ford Fairlane during his visit to Cuba, which serves as a nostalgic tribute to Thunderball, where villain Count Lippe drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner.
The Ford Fairlane, named after Henry Ford’s estate, was a full-size car that was built in the U.S. from 1955 to 1970. Over the years, the Fairlane came in various body styles, including the iconic Skyliner, which featured a retractable hardtop, a novelty at the time.
Known for its spacious interiors, stylish looks, and smooth ride, the Ford Fairlane has become an iconic classic in the American automotive industry. Its appearance in the movie underscores the car’s enduring appeal and nostalgic value.
Casino Royale was the start of the Daniel Craig era and a reboot for the series. The DB5 made another appearance, but with this being the reboot and going back to the beginning of Bond’s MI6 career it showed how he acquired the car. He’s also seen using an Aston Martin DBS V12.
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 makes another appearance in Casino Royale, where it’s actually owned by the villain Alex Dimitrios. Bond plays Dimitrios in a high-stakes poker game, and as the game escalates, Dimitrios finds himself cornered into a desperate bet, putting all his assets on the line, including the prized DB5.
Undeterred, Bond plays his hand brilliantly, leaving Dimitrios with nothing and becoming the new owner of the iconic vehicle.
Aston Martin DBS V12
The Aston Martin DBS V12 is James Bond’s main car in Casino Royale. While this car doesn’t have the typical Bond gadgetry, it does possess secret compartments that house Bond’s Walther P99 and an emergency medical kit, including antidotes to various poisons and a small defibrillator.
Tragically, the DBS is destroyed during a high-speed chase when Bond swerves to avoid Vesper Lynd, tied up in the middle of the road.
The Aston Martin DBS V12 is a high-performance GT sports car produced by the British manufacturer Aston Martin between 2007 and 2012. Known for its powerful 510 horsepower V12 engine, the DBS can reach 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph.
The car’s blend of potent performance, luxurious refinement, and elegant styling has made it a favorite among sports car enthusiasts.
Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace saw James Bond in a variety of cars, albeit only for a short time. The The Aston Martin DBS V12 makes a return, and he’s also seen in a Ford Ka, an old Ford Bronco II, and a Range Rover Sport.
Aston Martin DBS V12
Seen in Quantum of Solace, this DBS V12 is slightly darker version of the vehicle from Casino Royale gets into a destructive chase at the beginning of the film in Siena, Italy as Bond has Mr. White tied up in the trunk. Despite its rough handling, it doesn’t feature any Bond-esque gadgets.
Ford Ka (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model)
The Ford Ka is owned by Camille Montes, who uses it to pick up Bond from the hotel. The Ford Ka is known for its compact size and economical performance. This particular version of the car is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, a nod to more sustainable automotive technologies.
Ford Bronco II
Ford Bronco II – James Bond steals this Ford Bronco II in the movie. The Bronco II is a compact SUV produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1984 to 1990. It’s a hardy and reliable vehicle, designed for both on-road and off-road driving.
Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is used to drive Bond to Craig Mitchell’s apartment in London and is later driven by Bond himself in Bolivia.
The Range Rover Sport, a model introduced by Land Rover in 2005, redefines the brand’s tradition of producing capable off-road vehicles without sacrificing on-road dynamics or luxury features.
Built on a unibody construction rather than a traditional body-on-frame, the Range Rover Sport is designed to handle more like a sporty road car than a traditional SUV. It boasts a comfortable and highly adjustable ride, thanks to its air suspension system, which can raise or lower the vehicle to aid off-road clearance or on-road performance respectively.
Under the hood, the Range Rover Sport offers a range of engine options, from efficient yet powerful four-cylinder diesels to V6 and V8 engines, and even a high-performance supercharged variant in the SVR model. These engines are usually paired with an automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive, which are optimized for both smooth highway cruising and tackling rugged terrain.
In the 2012 James Bond movie, Skyfall, the iconic Aston Martin DB5 makes a triumphant return as Bond tries his best to protect M from the determined Raoul Silva. Bond is also seen in a Land Rover Defender, and a Mercedes S400.
Aston Martin DB5
With Bond at the wheel, this gadget-laden classic is replete with the ejector seat and two front-firing machine guns, marking the first time these weapons have been used in action since the 1964 movie Goldfinger. However, in the film’s climactic battle scene, this revered vehicle is ultimately destroyed by Silva’s henchmen.
Land Rover Defender
Early in the movies, a Land Rover Defender is featured, driven by new Field Operative, Eve Moneypenny with Bond in the passenger seat. This robust and hardy vehicle is used in a car chase through Istanbul that sets the scene before the film’s opening titles roll.
The Land Rover Defender, a beacon of durability and robust design, has etched its mark in the annals of off-road vehicles. Its features are meticulously crafted to handle challenging terrains, from undulating landscapes to rocky inclines.
The Defender’s high ground clearance and rugged suspension system enable it to conquer rough terrains with ease. Its body structure is remarkably sturdy, designed to withstand harsh conditions and resist deformation during off-road expeditions.
Power is another key attribute, with the Defender offering a range of engines that provide ample torque for traversing steep and rugged landscapes. Not to forget, its four-wheel drive system with differential lock further enhances its off-road prowess.
James Bond is also briefly seen driving a British government owned Mercedes S400 while in China. As part of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the S400 is an epitome of luxury and sophistication. This model, in particular, features a hybrid powertrain, combining an electric motor with a V6 engine for enhanced fuel efficiency without compromising on performance.
In Spectre, we see the DB5 in Q’s lab under repair, but he doesn’t drive it. Instead he drives the Aston Martin DB10, albeit without the say so from MI6.
Aston Martin DB10
The Aston Martin DB10 was created exclusively for Spectre, cementing the brand as James Bond’s choice of car brand. Bond commandeers this sleek vehicle to Rome, equipped with a series of gadgets. Among these features are a rear-facing double-barreled gun concealed within the Aston Martin badge, a rear-facing flamethrower, and an ejection seat equipped with a parachute.
However, in a twist of irony, Q forgot to load ammunition into the car’s double-barreled gun. Following a thrilling chase and a successful ejection, Bond ends up sinking the car in the Tiber river.
The Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 makes a reappearance in Spectre. In a nod to its past appearances, the DB5 is found in Q’s lab, undergoing a reconstruction process. The car is fully restored by the end of the film, with Bond driving it away from the MI6 headquarters.
No Time To Die
In the 2021 James Bond movie, No Time To Die, James Bond is seen with several iconic vehicles, including three Aston Martins and a Land Rover.
Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 continues to bethe James Bond car. After being completely rebuilt from its destruction in Skyfall, Bond uses it to travel to Matera for a vacation with Madeleine Swann. The vehicle is armed with M134 miniguns hidden within the front headlights, a mine dispenser on the rear bumper, and the classic smokescreen device.
During an ambush by Spectre assassins led by Primo, Bond and Madeleine use the DB5 to make their escape, showcasing the car’s resilience and advanced gadgetry.
Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin Vantage makes a notable appearance when Bond uses it to return to MI6. He also uses it to travel to Norway where he discovers that Madeleine has a daughter. Later, Madeleine is seen driving the car to Matera with her daughter, Mathilde.
This car is emblematic of the long-standing partnership between the Aston Martin brand and the James Bond franchise, a relationship characterized by elegance, sophistication, and high-performance capabilities.
Aston Martin DBS Superlegger
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is another MI6 owned vehicle featured in the film. Nomi, a fellow agent, picks up Bond in this car for their mission to infiltrate Safin’s base, rescue Madeleine and Mathilde, and thwart Safin’s plan to release nanobots worldwide.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a veritable powerhouse of automotive engineering. Unveiled in 2018, this high-performance grand tourer is propelled by a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine, producing a staggering 715 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque.
This power translates into blistering speed, with the Superleggera capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 211 mph. The vehicle’s design blends elements of traditional Aston Martin elegance with a more aggressive, aerodynamic aesthetic.
The car features a muscular, wide-body stance, a sculpted carbon fiber aeroblade, and a double diffuser, ensuring high-speed stability. Inside, the Superleggera offers a luxurious cabin adorned with the finest leather and cutting-edge infotainment systems, ensuring a driving experience that is as comfortable as it is exhilarating.
Land Rover Series III
The Land Rover Series III is James Bond’s vehicle of choice while residing in Jamaica. This classic British four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle is well-known for its ruggedness and reliability, making it an excellent choice for Bond’s Caribbean escapades.
Launched in 1971, the Land Rover Series III is recognized for its rugged simplicity and formidable off-road capabilities. Powered by a variety of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and later a 3.5-liter V8, the vehicle was designed to traverse the world’s most challenging terrains with ease.
Its ladder frame chassis, long-travel suspension, and permanent four-wheel-drive system provide exceptional ground clearance, making it perfect for navigating rocky paths and steep inclines. The vehicle’s interior is spartan but practical, designed to withstand harsh environments and heavy use.
Its boxy, utilitarian design, enhanced by a distinctive front grille and a spare tire mounted on the hood, has become an iconic symbol of Land Rover’s heritage and the adventurous spirit of off-road exploration.
James Bond Cars
From luxury Aston Martins equipped with high-tech gadgetry to rugged, practical Land Rovers, the vast array of vehicles in the James Bond franchise are as iconic as 007 himself. These James Bond Cars represent an integral part of the Bond saga, bringing together high-speed chases, thrilling stunts, and innovative technology in a seamless blend of action and style.
Every vehicle is carefully chosen to reflect Bond’s sophistication, ingenuity, and adaptability, resulting in a fascinating fleet of automobiles that are both compelling and unforgettable. As the franchise continues to evolve, we can only anticipate the new additions to James Bond’s impressive collection of cars.