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Top 5 Bond Cars

Updated on January 16, 2015

5. BMW Z8

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in "The world is not enough" and his BMW Z8.
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in "The world is not enough" and his BMW Z8.

The BMW Z8 appeared in The World Is Not Enough and it was driven by Pierce Brosnan's impersonation of Bond. Like many of its older cars this was fully equipped with all sorts of gadgets, like: titanium plating and armor, remote control of the ca using the key chain, infra-red tracking system, ground to air missiles and a highly sensitive listening device.

It was the last car presented by Desmond Liewelyn as Q and it unfortunately ended up being sliced in two in Azerbaijan by a massive tree-cutting saw attached to a helicopter.

As a road car the the Z8 was produces between 1999 and 2003 with a price of around $120 000. It had a 50/50 weight distribution and it reached 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. It had a 4.9 L, V8 engine developing 400 bhp.

4. Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT.
Toyota 2000GT.

This Japanese beauty on four wheel appeared in Sean Connery's You Only Live Twice and was driven Aki, a Japanese SIS agent that assisted Bond. Even tough it missed all the usual Bond car gadgetry, being only fitted with a GPS and phone, and not being actually driven by him the Toyota 2000GT became a huge success amongst 007 fans.

The cars height of only 116 cm caused a big problem as the car was designed only as a hard top, being impossible for Sean Connery to sit in it. After several attempts of fixing the situation Toyota just redesigned it and delivered two convertible models for shootings.

As a production car the 2000GT was considered by many the first true Japanese sports car. Less than 400 models were built, making this grand-tourer so much more desirable.

3. Aston Martin DBS V12

Daniel Craig as James Bond and his Aston Martin DBS in "Casino Royal".
Daniel Craig as James Bond and his Aston Martin DBS in "Casino Royal".

The Aston Martin DBS V12 firstly appeared in the 2006 Casino Royal. Following the more down to earth interpretation of Bond shown in the Daniel Craig movies the car did not show any extravaganza, being fitted only with a special glove box compartment which housed Bond's gun and an medical kit that included an emergency link to the MI6 headquarters, antidotes to various poisons and a defibrillator. The car ended up being totaled when Bond avoids running over Vesper, that was previously tied and dropped in the middle of the road.

The DBS appears again in the beginning of the next Bond installment, Quantum of Solace, in a car case that took place in Sienna, Italy.

This automotive beauty makes use of a 5.9 L, V12 engine, developing 510 bhp and reaching 100 km/h in 4.3 s.

2. Lotus Esprit S1

Roger Moore as James Bond admiring the Lotus Esprit S1.
Roger Moore as James Bond admiring the Lotus Esprit S1.

The then futuristic looking Esprit S1 appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me and was delivered to Bond by Q on the island of Sardinia. It had the awesome capability of transforming into a submarine, being at the same time equipped with anti-aircraft missiles. Besides this, "Wet Nellie" was also equipped with cannons that sprayed cement, a periscope on the roof, mines and a black dye sprayer.

Lotus offered two road legal vehicles and six shells for the production, one of the shells being sealed to allow the shooting of underwater scenes.

The production car came to life in 1975 and had a 2.0 L engine, producing 160 bhp and reaching a top speed of 217 km/h. Its 0-100 km/h time was 8.6 s.

1. Aston Martin DB5

Sean Connery as James Bond and his Aston Martin DB5.
Sean Connery as James Bond and his Aston Martin DB5.

The most Bond-like and definitely most beautiful car in this list is the Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 appeared in six Bond movies, the first of them being Goldfinger. The last time we see it driven by Bond is in Skyfall, at the end of which it is unfortunately destroyed.

It is the most iconic Bond car, although in Ian Flemings books it is replaced by a DB Mark III. In the James Bond universe it was driven by Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craigs interpretation, its most characteristic features being the revolving license plate and the ejector seat.

During the production of the first movie it appeared in the DB5 was only a prototype, with a standard car designated for stunt scenes and other two constructed for promotional purposes. One of those was sold for over $2 million.

The production car had a 4.0 L engine. developing 278 bhp. It reached a top speed of 230 km/h and did the 0-100 km/h in 8.1 s.

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The Aston Martin DB10 will be used in the 24th installment of the franchise, SPECTRE, coming out in November 2015

Aston Martin DB10
Aston Martin DB10

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      CobbWayne 3 years ago

      Nice! :D

      I agree. I like the more down to earth approach and even if its not a very popular opinion I think Daniel Craigs portrayal of Bond is the best.

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      Pete 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Neat idea for a hub. I remember having replicas of the Aston Martin DB5 (complete with bullet proof screen that raised up from the trunk) and the Lotus Esprit (with underwater fins concealed). The newer Bond movies have less gadgets which is sad, but also less cliches which is good.

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