James Bond’s Best and Worst Cars NamedDecember 25, 2019
Everyone knows about Agent 007 and the fact that he had the coolest cars in every movie. But not everyone will remember which ones.
2020 promises to be a landmark year for James Bond fans. In April, a new part of the film about the famous spy called No Time To Die will be released, and we, car fans, are promised several interesting cars for the lead roles, including the Aston Martin Valhalla hypercar and the new Land Rover Discovery SUV, which is even for a presentation in Los Angeles brought straight from the set.
Since the first film was released to the legendary secret agent of British intelligence, and this, for a minute, happened more than 60 years ago, James Bond took the choice of an official car almost as seriously as he did with a pistol, champagne and, especially, to companion. Therefore, it is far from reassuring to see how many dull, terrible and sometimes fatal decisions he made.
4.5-liter Bentley Supercharged (Casino Royale, 1953)
Back in 1953, the first choice of Fleming’s car was this British “hippo.” The Bentley car was not a very good car, even when it was new in 1929, not to mention 24 years later when Bond drove it.
The model has never won important races, largely because it broke badly. in fact, the car with the huge Amherst Villiers supercharger mounted in front was slow and bulky. It was a terrible choice for Bond in all aspects except his appearance.
Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger, 1964)
Aston Martin DB5 is not as good as they say. In fact, if not for his main role in such a famous picture, the car could be considered another attempt by the automaker. Of its advantages, one can note the characteristic “look”, the classic interior and the pleasant sound of the engine.
Toyota 2000GT Convertible (You only live twice, 1967)
Pretty good vehicle for a bond. Not only a magnificent, but also an exciting car, as well as really important, as the first truly trustworthy sports car in Japan. Its 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine gave decent power for its age thanks to a Yamaha double cam head and triple carburetor, as well as excellent handling.
However, the producers found that Sean Connery was too tall to squeeze comfortably into a compact car, and they solved this problem by simply cutting off the roof to turn it into an extremely cool convertible. Unfortunately, this probably also had a catastrophic effect on its stiffness and turned the tightly sharpened sports car into a shaky mess on the road.
Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977)
Early Esprit had smooth forms, was sexy and manageable, like in a dream. In reality, however, he had several problems. Greatly dodging trucks and exploding strollers, but if someone had really plunged into the sea, he would need not only fins in the wheel arches, but also scuba gear in the glove box.
BMW Z3 (Goldeneye 1997)
If it were a Z3M coupe, it would be the most suitable choice for a spy. But this is not so: the picture was taken before the car went on sale. Because Bond got the usual Z3 with a 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine.
Aston Martin Vanquish (Die Another Day, 2002)
Another crying shame, but this time it’s not about the car. Many critics negatively perceived the motion picture in which this car starred. However, Vanquish was essentially the perfect car for Bond. He was not just handsome, like some of his later Astons, he was muscular and intimidating.
Fast, loud and perfectly balanced, it was a real machine for a special agent, and even the fact that it is really imperfect – the robotic gear shift is so bad that Aston upgraded the mechanical gearbox – it seems to match the character of our superhero.
Aston Martin DB10 (Ghost, 2015)
The greatest Bond automobile coup to date, not only because it was his first branded car that was truly made to order, not a model from the assembly line, but because it was not even designed for him. The car was actually one of the 10 recreated V8 Vantage. Aston’s new Vantage, introduced in 2017, has more than just a design borrowed from this model.
Aston Martin DB2 / 4 MkIII (Goldfinger, 1964)
If there is one thing that everyone knows, is that Bond controls DB5 at Goldfinger. Except that he did not. At least at first. Before the film “Goldfinger” was the book “Goldfinger”, the seventh in the canon of Bond, released from the pen of Jan Fleming. It was the “pool car” that Bond preferred to Jaguar 3.4, and the car was the first to have additional “refinements.”
These included reinforced ram bumpers, a radar and a long barrel in a cylindrical compartment under the driver’s seat.
Aston Martin DBS (Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969)
Underestimated Aston by Bond standards without any spy lotions. DBS had a problem – initially it was supposed to install the V8, but the engine was late, forcing 007 to choose the “six” from DB6 as the motor.
DBS V8 made cosmetics production, but not in time for the film.
Rolls-Royce Phantom III (Goldfinger, 1964)
What could be better for the plutocratic and obviously Anglophile Aurik Goldfinger than the only Rolls-Royce equipped with a V12 engine before the Silver Seraph appeared in 1998? Such enormous performance, which he could get even from the 7.3-liter V12, probably would not be so pathetic without the fact that many of its components were made of gold.
Ford Mustang Mach 1 (“Diamonds Are Forever”, 1971)
One of the last real American powerful cars before the entry into force of emission laws, which strangled even the most massive V8 in Detroit. With a 7.0-liter Super Cobra Jet engine breathing through a four-cylinder Holley carburetor, Mach 1 developed 375 hp. and, more importantly, a monstrous torque of 610 Nm.
Land Rover Defender (No Time to Die, 2021)
The recently introduced Defender seems to play a major role in this new Bond film, due out in April 2021. Since we have not yet driven a new SUV, we still cannot say what role it will play in the pantheon of special agent cars. also in the picture will be presented hypercar Aston Martin Valhalla.
These are not all cars on which Agent 007 moved, but the most noteworthy ones. Also, at different times, such models as Aston Martin Vantage S, Bentley Brooklands, Jaguar XJ220, Mentely Mulsanne Turbo R, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin DB4 GT, Saab 900 Turbo and several other interesting cars appeared in the paintings.
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