Inspired by the recent sale of one of James Bond’s most famous cars, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball to American car enthusiast Harry Yeaggy,
here is a rundown of five of the ultimate James Bond automobiles.
5. 1977 Lotus Espirit
The wedge-shaped Espirit has a legendary piece of Giugiaro design even before the iconic Bond version was created for The Spy Who Loved Me. The car could be used underwater, which is surely one of the most inspired ideas to ever come out of Q’s laboratory. In submarine mode, it fired lethal anti-aircraft missiles and dropped underwater mines.
4. 1997 BMW 750iL
Even though the film it which it was featured, Tomorrow Never Dies, was poorly reviewed, this did not stop the large BMW being a considerable improvement on the Z3 that Bond had taken the wheel of in Goldeneye. The 750iL was the centrepiece of the 1997 film, being chased by the baddies through a multilevel parking garage. The car was not even being driven by Bond directly, who was instead controlling the car by his phone’s remote control from the backseat. The phone was used to launch magnetic flash grenades, rockets, tear gas, metal spikes and a chain cutter.
3. 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish
Another car which featured in one of Bond’s less celebrated outings, the Vanquish nonetheless remains memorable. In addition to the usual array of Bond gadgets such as retractable shotguns, machine guns, spiked tyres, missiles and an ejector seat, the car was also able to turn invisible.
2. 1985 Aston Martin Volante
This car was the first to be driven by Timothy Dalton in his first appearance as Bond. Options available to him on the Volante included bulletproof windows, laser beam devices concealed in the hubcaps, a dashboard weapon control system and a rocket motor, in addition to a self-destruct button.
1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
The DB5 is the most famous James Bond car, so it would be impossible to leave it out here. The DB5’s toys included an ejection seat, oil slick, a bulletproof rear barrier, tire slashing hubcaps, machine guns and a revolving license plate. The car also had a GPS navigation system, which showed some foresight given that this was the 1960s. In late October 2010, it emerged that the only surviving example to be used in the Bond films had been bought at a London auction by Yeaggy, who stated his intention to display the car in an automotive museum in Ohio. Let’s hope that he has got the right car insurance for his latest acquisition!
Article by: Charlotte Walker
Charlotte Walker writes for MediaVest (Manchester) on a number of motor related topics, including car insurance.