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The best James Bond cars of all time


Whether you're under water or under attack, there's a Bond car for you. We take a look at the best Bond cars of all time.

The best Bond cars of all time

It seems only natural that James Bond will be driving another Aston Martin in SPECTRE, the new 007 movie featuring Daniel Craig.

Let’s face it, petrol-heads all over the world cringed when the spy’s last ride - the DB5 - was blown to smithereens in Skyfall. 

So, to coincide with SPECTRE’s release, let’s take a look at the best cars from each Bond in the franchise.

Aston Martin DB5 - Goldfinger (1964)

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The original DB5 was equal to Sean Connery in terms of super-stardom.

It featured machine guns, an oil sprayer, tyre shredders, three-way rotating number plates, a tracking system and that famous ejector seat.

The Goldfinger DB5 with gadgets was sold in 2010 for £2.9m to car collector Harry Yeaggy. 

Mercury Cougar XR-7 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

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George Lazenby is the movie equivalent of a one-hit wonder, playing Bond only once in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Despite being seen chasing Diana Rigg's Tracy di Vincenzo in a new Aston Martin DBS, it was the soon-to-be wife of James Bond’s Mercury Cougar convertible that stole the show.

With skis attached to its boot, the stunning Cougar zigzagged between snowbanks as it eluded Blofeld's Mercedes-Benz-driving henchmen through the Alps. 

Lotus Esprit S1 - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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Not only does the Lotus Esprit S1 take part in one of the best car chases of the franchise, Roger Moore also takes an eyebrow-raising nose-dive off a pier.

The Lotus transforms into a submarine, complete with fins and a periscope, ready for an underwater boat pursuit.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage -The Living Daylights (1987)

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Timothy Dalton’s Bond drove a 5.3-litre Series 5 Aston Martin, and it was the first car since 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me to be loaded with gadgets.

The Vantage featured skis, those tyre spikes first seen in Goldfinger, lasers installed in the wheel hubs, a rocket afterburner, and missiles secreted behind the headlights. 

BMW 750iL - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

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Pierce Brosnan toned things down a bit with his turn at the wheel. The BMW in Tomorrow Never Dies wasn’t as flashy as the Astons or the Lotuses, but it still had an air of kudos about it.

Indeed, many auto aficionados now view it as the last good-looking 7 Series ‘Bimmer’. Its enormous size made it possible to cram in more gizmos than ever.

The 750iL had a wire cutter that popped up, a concealed gun compartment behind the airbag, tyre-shredders that deployed from the rear bumper, re-inflating tyres, and rockets fixed to the sunroof.

Its windows were shatter-proof, there were hidden toxic gas canisters and Brosnan could retrieve the BMW using his mobile phone.

If all that wasn’t enough to put off the villains, the door handles were electrified too.

Jaguar C-X75 Concept - SPECTRE (2015)

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Bringing us bang up to date, James Bond's Aston Martin DB10, starring in SPECTRE, features the ejector seat made legendary by 007’s DB5 from Goldfinger.

The 24th official Bond movie will see Daniel Craig opposite various villains in which he visits Mexico City, Rome and the Austrian Alps.

However, the  baddies will get something even cooler: the Jaguar C-X75 Concept.

As one of the most spectacular one-offs from Jaguar, the C-X75 will leave Bond fans shaken, not stirred. It’ll be powered by a 5-litre V8 as opposed to the original hybrid powertrain.

The Jag features in a moonlit chase through the streets of Rome, and is driven by Hinx, played by David Bautista.


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