With the new Bond film, Spectre, officially hitting the big screen next week, we thought it was time to revisit an oldie but a goodie. We all know that the Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75 have taken centre stage (alongside James Bond, of course) in Spectre, but what about classic Bond cars from the past?
Taking a wander round the Motors.co.uk office, we wanted to know what everyone thought was the ultimate Bond machine. We’ve picked out five of our favourites below, but don’t let the conversation stop here. Head over to our Facebook page and let us know which you think is the best Bond car of all time!
Of course, top of the list has to be James Bond’s first ever on screen car. In an attractive lake blue, the English-made Sunbeam Alpine Series II features in ‘Dr No’, released in 1962. Bond took to the roads in the Blue Mountains above Kingston, pursued by Dr No’s henchmen. This was Sean Connery’s first appearance as Bond and the car was actually borrowed from a local Jamaican resident during the filming. Knowing how many Bond cars get destroyed on screen now, we’re not sure anyone would volunteer their car for five minutes of glory today!
We all know that a Bond car shouldn’t just drive on the roads. Indeed, with Q around, who knows what gadgets will make an appearance. That’s why we had to include the Lotus Espirit from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ on the list. Released in 1977, this film showed a chase that features a motorbike, cars, a helicopter and underwater enemies. With the skyline and seascapes of Sardinia as a back-drop, this white Lotus Espirit holds a surprise, as a cliff-top dive sees it turn into a fully functioning submarine. Now, this is what Bond is all about!
Spoiler alert; James Bond’s beloved 1960s silver Aston Martin DB5 met an explosive end in 2012’s ‘Skyfall’ outing with Daniel Craig. The car that first appeared in ‘Goldfinger’ with Sean Connery came back for a reprisal in the film which also saw the death of ‘M’ and the revelation of Moneypenny’s true identity. The question is, did they actually blow up that heritage DB5 model? The answer, unsurprisingly, is no. But, with some trickery, an old sports car chassis and some hi-tech 3D printed extra cars, you wouldn’t know the difference!
While definitely not the most glamorous, we didn’t think we could leave the bright yellow Citroen 2CV from 1981’s ‘For Your Eyes Only’ off the list. With a chase sequence through the olive groves of Spain, the old banger certainly delivered a lot of speed (probably down to the 4 cylinder engine!). Cheap insurance – especially when compared with the rest of the Bond fleet, and a special edition 007 model with a large logo and fake bullet hole stickers, drivers could get the James Bond experience at a fraction of the cost.
And, finally, not quite a Bond car in the strictest sense of the term, but we all loved the cable car fight in ‘Moonraker’ and thought it deserved a mention. Roger Moore’s Bond took on Richard Kiel’s Jaws over the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. It was almost a cliff-hanger in the truest sense, when stuntman Richard Graydon slipped during filming. This is one of the few films where James Bond isn’t seen behind the wheel of a prestige car, only briefly driving a jeep through some caves. Of course, he does have a space station at his disposal!