Black tie and wheels: The finest bond cars ever

Although the person who will next put on the tuxedo of the most famous secret agent of all times is still a secret, we already have an idea about what car might be the one to be driven by 007. According to a piece of news published by CNBC earlier this year, it could be a version of Aston Martin’s plug-in electric DBX Concept. The entrance of the electric car into the franchise is as inevitable as “death and tax”, Andy Palmer said this April. While he is right, I can hardly imagine James Bond playing virtual baccarat on the HUD of his all-electric, even if the Royal Vegas Casino already has the app for that. The Royal Vegas Mobile is already accessible on any device with a web browser in line with the latest standards, covering everything from smart watches to smart TVs. Why would smart cars be an exception? Soon, they will also take over the tiresome task of driving, anyway…

Until we find out what set of wheels Her Majesty’s Secret Service will allocate to 007, let’s take a look at some of the “older” models that he drove in his movies.

Various Aston Martin models

Aston Martin is an iconic British car brand, which makes it the perfect choice for an iconic British secret agent. finest Bond cars of all time were Aston Martin models: he used the Aston Martin DBS in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, the DBS V12 in 2006’s “Casino Royale”, and the iconic Aston Marting DB5 in 1964’s “Goldfinger”. This last title is the one that made the Aston Martin truly James Bond’s car since it featured all the gadgets and all the chases one could ask for. The DB5 returned in several subsequent titles – Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale.

Ford Mustang Mach 1

For such an iconic British character, driving a foreign car might feel like a bit of a sacrilege. Still, the Mustang Mach 1 was used an unforgettable scene that earned it the title of “Bond car”. The Mach 1 appeared in 1971s “Diamonds are Forever”, used by Bond to escape the police in Las Vegas. After evading the authorities for a while, Bond takes a wrong turn and ends up on a dead-end street. What he does next is spectacular: he uses a ramp to put the car on two wheels, escaping through a narrow gap between the buildings.

Lotus Esprit

The Esprit is certainly one of the most memorable Bond cars ever, due to the simple fact that it was capable of underwater escapes – at least in 1977’s “The Spy who Loved Me”. The car transforms into a miniature submarine at the pull of a lever, complete with sonar, and underwater rockets.


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