007 - The history of Bond cars
A huge part of James Bond’s allure to the public is the epic cars that are a major part of the movies. Filled with Aston Martins, Lincolns, BMWs, and other jems, any fan of 007 would agree that Bond cars are a huge part of the spy’s arsenal. These are 007’s cars through the ages.
The Alpine was one of the few cars in Bond’s history in which the car he drives has no gadgetry from good old Q. Sean connery actually borrowed the car from a local Jamaican (This was before cars were made just for 007 movies).
In “From Russia with Love”, Bond doesn’t actually drive the Bentley, but he does use the telephone inside. It was an unusual to use for the movie since the Mark IV was almost 30 years old at the time of the film’s release.
The DB5 is one of the most recognizable Bond cars there is. There was a ton of special effects used with the car, such as an ejector seat, machine guns, a smoke screen, and tire slashers. It’s also been featured in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall due to its popularity.
Two convertibles were custom built for the film, and was Japan’a first super car. Only 351 models of the car were made, and was a fitting car for Bond as the film was set primarily in Japan.
Going 0-60 in six seconds, the then newest Aston Martin was a perfect choice to introduce a new 007. It was also in the iconic scene of (spoiler alert) Bond’s wife shot through the windshield.
Though DAF wasn’t the most well received Sean Connery film, the chase scene was one of the better choreographed. Funnily enough, lots of Fords were destroyed In the movie because Ford provided as many cars as they wanted as long as Bond drove the Mustang.
The Hornet is the car that performs the famous bridge jump, a 360 barrel roll over a river. A tourist happens to be sitting in the passenger seat when Bond takes the car, adding a comedic part to the chase.
The Lotus could “transform” into an underwater vehicle and participated in a chase covering air, land, and water. This is a pretty badass example of Q’a hard work.
After a classic high speed chase, Bond’s poor Renault is cut in half by another car. In true 007 fashion, he manages to keep the remaining half of the car in control to get to safety.
Similar to the DB5, the Vantage was equipped with lots of special features, such as lasers, missiles, tire spikes, outriggers (for skiing of course), and a rocket propulsion system.
Goldeneye was the first 007 film to put Bond behind the wheel of a BMW. Though he’s only in the car for a short time (Jack Wade seizes it) it’s still an iconic part of the movie.
With bullet proof windows, remote control, electric handles, and touchpad controls, the 750iL was another masterpiece by Q.
The Fairlaine is given to Bond when he asks for a fast car, but many consider it a joke (yikes). It doesn’t have many gadgets, and is pretty much just a transportation car.
With a new Bond (Daniel Craig) comes a new Aston Martin. The car comes with an invisibility cloak of sorts, but when Bond is crashed into his position is given away, leading to the chase. It is also featured in Quantom of Solace, but is wrecked in the beginning pursuit scene.
Bringing back a classic, many Bond fans loved seeing the DB5 return for the sixth time in a Bond movie. Unfortunately, the beloved Aston Martin is blown up at the end.
With only ten made, the DB10 is the latest of the Aston Martins to join the 007 fleet.