After last month’s unveiling of the Aston Martin DB10 as 007’s new motor, today we’re looking back at our favourite Bond cars.
Ian Fleming, James Bond’s creator, was a known petrol-head who went into precise detail during car chases in the books. They have since become a staple of the action and adventure film series, and perhaps are now just as synonymous with the character as his trademark lines.
With the first film being released way back in 1962, this wasn’t the easiest of tasks, but here are our five favourite Bond cars of all-time (in no particular order):
- Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger
We couldn’t start anywhere but the DB5 – the first car of Aston Martin’s 50-year relationship with 007.
This was the first vehicle complete with gadgets, of which included an ejector seat, revolving number plates, bullet-proof glass, and even front wing machine guns. Considering this was all in 1964, the DB5 was truly before its time.
- Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me
Despite it being highly fictionally modified, how can we not include a car that is able to turn into a submarine?
Bond’s Lotus Esprit S1 could function underwater, fire rockets and drop mines. With a sleek, streamlined white look to match, this is undoubtedly a proper 007 classic.
- Aston Martin V12 Vanquish – Die Another Day
Introduced in 2001, this beauty had a massive 6.0 litre engine and a maximum speed in excess of 190mph.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, it had a cloaking device, which at the push of a button made the car invisible! Though this feature drew some criticisms because it was so unrealistic, we loved it, and still do.
- Toyota 2000GT – You Only Live Twice
It might not have had the fighting gadgets, but the Toyota 2000GT was stunning to look at.
Only two prototypes were actually made for the film – as the story goes, Sean Connery at 6’2” was too tall to fit into one of them!
- AMC Matador – The Man With The Golden Gun
Our last spot isn’t really awarded to a ‘Bond car’ as such – it was actually used by his nemesis Francisco Scaramanga. Sorry!
The ‘Flying Matador’, a modified AMC Matador, is an impressive car and jet hybrid. In the film, Scaramanga has a garage in Bangkok that attaches the engine and wings to the vehicle before it duly takes off.
On the subject of garages, last month it was reported that nine Bond cars were stolen from a lock-up in Germany. The vehicles were said to be worth a combined £630,000, and were set to feature in Bond’s next instalment: Spectre.
Though not everyone has a garage-full so expensive, this only highlights the need to store your vehicle safely away from potential thieves. Leading designers and manufacturers such as Dencroft have a range of garages that are available for any homeowners looking to further protect their cars.
As well as to safeguard personal possessions, garages make a great addition for your home, on top of adding value to the property. Whether you use it as a dumping ground, home gym or extra room, the possibilities are nearly endless – just don’t expect one as high tech as Scaramanga’s!