As news begins to emerge about SPECTRE, the twenty fourth instalment of the James Bond film series, we take a look back at 24 classic cars of James Bond.
Sunbeam AlpineYear: 1962
Film: Dr. No
The Sunbeam Alpine made history as the first ever Bond car to appear on-screen. Interestingly, it was actually borrowed from a Jamaican resident, as it was the sportiest car they could find on the island. In the books, Bond's first car was an Aston Martin DB III.
Finished in sky blue, the drop-top certainly looks like an early bond car should, although there were no gadgets to speak of. The car was used during the chase scene, with Bond escaping Dr No's henchmen by slipping under a large crane in the road. The mighty sunbeam has an 80bhp 1.6 litre engine, which makes it one of the slower cars on the list but one that still has a firm place in the history of Bond.
Bentley 3.5 LitreYear: 1963
Film: From Russia with Love
The Bentley 3.5 Litre in the opening scene of From Russia with Love remains iconic, despite Bond never actually driving the car. He does however use the phone in the car to answer a call from the ever-diligent MI6; something quite unusual at the time of release. This is widely considered the first ever Bond car gadget of sorts as it was long before mobile telephones became commonplace.
The Bentley had a much improved power output over the Sunbeam Alpine, producing around 110 bhp - despite that fact that the Bentley was somewhat of a classic as it was already 30 years old at the time of filming.
Aston Martin DB5Year: 1964
The classic Aston Martin DB5 is probably the most iconic Bond vehicle of all time and marked the beginning of an on-screen relationship between Aston Martin and 007 that has lasted over 50 years. It was the first Bond car to make use of the iconic gadgets which now epitomise the series, and the first to properly match up with Bond's glamorous lifestyle.
The DB5 in Goldfinger sported twin machine guns, an oil slick and the deadly ejector seat. It was such an effective tool that Bond used it again in Thunderball - this time with an added water cannon.
The DB5 produced a huge 282bhp and was capable of reaching 0-60 in just 8 seconds - meaning he was always able to outrun his enemies no matter what the situation. Speed, power, looks and Sean Connery at the helm ensured the DB5 is still amongst the most desirable Bond cars to this day.
1/2 Mustang ConvertibleYear: 1965
"Some men just don't like to be taken for a ride..." The Mustang is a seriously cool car. However, paint it baby blue, make it a convertible and get Bond girl Luciana Paluzzi to take you on a thrilling ride round the Bahamas and it gets even cooler.
Bond never drove the Mustang himself, but it wins a place for being the most iconic car from Thunderball, just from a small two-minute appearance.
The Mustang came with a 271bhp engine, and was given to the producers to use by Ford. Ford also lent the use of a Lincoln Continental during filming of the 'car compactor' scene in Goldfinger.
Toyota 2000GTYear: 1967
Film: You Only Live Twice
In an almost reoccurring theme, Bond is once again given a lift in a convertible he never gets to drive himself. It's unfortunate for Bond because this particular 2000GT is quite special as it was one of only two convertible versions ever produced. Allegedly, this was due to the height of Sean Connery, who couldn't fit in the standard coupe - so a new one was built to accommodate his stature.
There were actually only 400 of the 2000GT made originally, which makes it one of the rarest cars on our list. The rear-wheel drive Grand Tourer was a proper sports car, and was powered by a 2.0 litre straight six engine. Scarcity and performance aside, it's definitely one of the best looking cars Bond has sat in.
Aston Martin DBSYear: 1969
Film: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The second Aston Martin to feature in Bond, this little number had some big shoes to fill. A successor to the Aston Martin DB6, the DBS retained the same engine from previous models with a focus on updated looks. A new era for Aston also signified a new era for Bond - with George Lazenby taking over the reins from Sean Connery.
After the gadget-laden era of the DB5, the DBS is relatively gadget-free, though there is a space in the glove compartment for a sniper rifle - which isn't a standard feature on many cars. The DBS also makes a brief appearance in the background of Q's workshop in Diamonds are Forever when we see it being fitted with a missile launcher.
Mercedes Benz 600Year: 1971
Film: Diamonds are Forever
Some may argue this is the first notable 'Bond Villain' car we come across. The Mercedes 600 is the car of choice for Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld for a number of reasons. Blofeld's long wheel-base model (LWB) is a luxurious chauffeur-driven Sedan. Developed over a course of seven years, with hydraulic suspension and even hydraulic seat adjustments, the car had a 20ft long chassis. The W600 was so heavy that it required development of a new engine altogether - one twice the capacity of Mercedes' largest engine at the time in the form of a 6.3 litre V8.
Blofeld is in good company as other famous owners of the W600 have included Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon, as well as Jack Nicholson and Rowan Atkinson.
Chevrolet CorvetteYear: 1973
Film: Live and Let Die
Another Bond villain car, this time used by 'Mr Big'. This Corvette looked especially different, with a bolstered body and wide wheel arches. Dubbed a Corvorado, Mr Big's car is actually a Chevrolet Corvette, modified with a fiberglass moulding of a Cadillac Eldorado. The car was modified again after filming finished and has been used in numerous other films since.
AMC HornetYear: 1974
Film: The Man with the Golden Gun
The AMC Hornet two-door hatchback proved an unlikely hero in a film not entirely remembered for its cars. It's driven straight from a Bangkok showroom by Bond who then takes it on a rather wild journey to lose his pursuers. It's used in several driving stunts, including handbrake turns and the infamous corkscrew-style bridge jump.
The jump itself actually won a Guinness World Record for the first 'Astro Spiral' used in a movie. The car was heavily modified for the jump scene, with a rebuilt chassis to centralise the steering wheel. Seven tests of the jump were carried out, but it only took one take whilst filming to capture the stunt perfectly.
Another interesting car in Live and Let Die is Scaramanga's AMC Matador which notably turned in to a plane when an engine and wings were attached, to become one of the first flying cars. The car is used to kidnap Mary Goodnight and reportedly travels over 200 miles. However, it couldn't actually fly, so a scale model was used during filming.
Lotus EspritYear: 1977
Film: The Spy Who Loved Me
Producers were impressed with the design of the new Lotus Esprit - which made its debut at the 1975 Earls Court motor show. Its striking design and British heritage soon led to it becoming the next Bond car. Gadgets included a cement dispenser at the rear of the car, used to blind chasing villains.
Famously, the Esprit other gadget was the ability to turn in to a submarine at a moment's notice, turning instantly from a road-going sports car to underwater explorer. A combination of modified real cars, scale models and remote control replicas were used to achieve the full underwater effect, from driving along the seabed to driving out of the water on to dry land.
MP LaferYear: 1979
In Rio, Brazilian spy Manuela trails bond in her MP Lafer through heavy traffic. MP is a Brazilian brand, and the Lafer was based on classic sports cars of the 40's and 50's, borrowing heavy styling cues from brands such as Morgan and the Plus 4. Despite retro looks, the car was actually produced from 1974 up until 1990.
Aside from being a two-seat roadster with a fiberglass body, the car actually shares a chassis with the Volkswagen Beetle (pictured), in addition to the engine, steering and transmission. Naturally, thanks to the Beetle underpinnings it wasn't renowned for speed, but is highly revered by collectors.
Citroen 2CVYear: 1981
Film: For Your Eyes Only
After Bond's Lotus Espirit Turbo unfortunately self-destructs, he has to rely on a hardy Citroen 2CV for his escape. At the time, the 2CV came with a range of engines, varying in horsepower from 9 to 29 bhp. Of course, none of these were really quick enough for Bond, who had to outrun two Peugeot 504's - so his was specially fitted with a much larger 4-cylinder engine.
Renowned for being almost indestructible, Bond and Melina Havelock escape safely after a dangerous chase - despite the 2CV being almost destroyed. To celebrate the film's release Citroen produced a special '007' edition of the car in the same bright yellow colour, complete with mock bullet holes.
BMW 518iYear: 1983
Two BMW 518i's are utilised by the West German Police, chasing after bond in a short sequence before he reaches the circus. The 518i is based on the BMW E28, and powered by a fuel-injected 1.8 litre petrol engine. When Octopussy was released in 1983, the BMW had itself only just reached European markets.
However, new as they were, the Polizei vehicles were no match for Bond's Alfa Romeo GTV6. The Alfa had a 2.5 litre V6, which was much better equipped for a high-speed chase on the Autobahn thanks to an additional 40bhp and easily outran the police.
Renault 11Year: 1985
Film: A View To A Kill
Bond commandeers a Renault 11 taxi in the centre of Paris to chase after an elusive skydiving Mayday, bursting through market stalls and down stairs. Along the way, the roof is removed by a parking barrier, before the rear end of the car is taken off entirely by oncoming traffic. That doesn't stop the Renault however, which carries on going on two wheels until Bond parks it up against the Seine and leaps on to a barge.
Aston Martin V8 VantageYear: 1987
Film: The Living Daylights
Much similar to the Aston Martin DBS, the V8 Vantage arrived alongside a new James Bond in Timothy Dalton. The V8 Vantage was a much sleeker, smoother iteration of the 'fastback' style DBS, with an uprated engine and a fuel injection system over the older carburettors.
Bond drives two separate V8 Vantage models in the film, starting off with a Vantage Volante Droptop, which was actually donated for use in filming by Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett.
The second Vantage had a roof equipped for winter driving, as well as some ski outriggers which served as the car's main gadget, allowing Bond to use the Aston V8 Vantage as a giant snowboard.
Lincoln Mk VII LSCYear: 1989
Film: Licence to Kill
Bond's car choice in License to Kill once again included an American model with the Lincoln LSC, and it was certainly was a good export. The LSC, or Luxury Sport Coupe, was a high performance variant of the MK VII with the engine from a contemporary Ford Mustang. Featuring a 5.0 litre V8 with 225bhp, the MK VII managed a surprisingly sprightly 0-60 time of 8.3 seconds - giving Bond a licence to speed, too.
BMW Z3Year: 1995
When Bond burst back on to the scene under the guidance of Pierce Brosnan in 1995, a new choice of car also followed. Bond got his own BMW to drive for the first time, and it came stacked with gadgets including an all-point radar system; stinger missiles, parachute brakes and an entirely bullet proof shell.
Unfortunately, he never got to use any of these to great effect before he traded the car in to US agent Jack Wade in exchange for a small plane. American luxury department store Nieman-Marcus released a special '007' edition of the BMW roadster, with a customised dashboard, floor mats, and a unique colour scheme which matches that used in the film.
BMW 750iLYear: 1997
Film: Tomorrow Never Dies
Brosnan's next BMW is more than involved in the action, making full use of an array of gadgets installed by Q. Most notably, the car could be operated via a mobile phone - which Bond utilises after deploying the in-built tear gas to take control when diving in to the back seat to avoid gunfire.
Luckily the 750iL is the long wheelbase edition, with luxury aplenty and more than enough interior space for Bond's antics.
The bulletproof chassis resists blows from sledgehammers and machine guns, in addition to giving Stamper's men electric shocks as they attempted to open the doors. The BMW 7-Series meets an untimely end (despite the best of Bond's back-seat driving) as it crashes out of a multi-story car park and lands in to a car rental, but the luxury super-saloon proves to be a hit.
BMW Z8Year: 1999
Film: The World is not Enough
Bond's next car is one of the best-looking yet. The Z8 roadster was one of the most exclusive cars to ever enter BMW's line up, with a small total run of about 5700. Bond's was even more special though, as it included a remote control car key chain.
More notably, it utilises side mounted rockets which emerge from the air vents to blow up a deadly lumberjack helicopter. However, Bond misses the second helicopter behind him which saws the Z8 clean in half.
The BMW Z8 was nowhere near production-ready when shooting began, and so producers had to build two kit cars for use on the set, based on a body shell provided by BMW. The production Z8 boasted a 5.0 Litre 400bhp engine taken straight from the M5, meaning it reached 60mph in an impressive 4.7 seconds.
Ferrari F355Year: 2002
Film: Die Another Day
A yellow Ferrari F355 makes an appearance in Die Another Day, taking residence in Zao's lair at the beginning of the film during the diamond exchange, and again towards the end as it falls from a cargo plane hold. A red Ferrari F355 is also involved at the start of GoldenEye, where Xenia Ontopp uses it to race bond in his Aston Martin DB5.
Naturally, the F355 is much faster than the DB5, sporting a 3.5 litre engine producing 375bhp. Renowned for great driveablility, even at low speeds, there were several iterations of the Ferrari, including Spider, GTS, and Berlinetta. The model was the successor to the 348 and a relatively popular car with over 11,000 produced during its five-year production span.
Range Rover SportYear: 2006
Film: Casino Royale
A gold Range Rover Sport made a brief appearance in Casino Royale, where new Bond Daniel Craig uses the luxury SUV to cause some mayhem in the valet car park. Crashing the Range Rover HSE in to the car behind him, Bond sets off a number of car alarms allowing himself to sneak through undetected.
Aston Martin DBSYear: 2008
Film: The Quantum of Solace
The Aston Martin DBS V12 is used in the opening chase scene, and is being pursued across Siena, Italy by a Land Rover Defender. The car just about reaches its destination in one piece, where we learn that Mr. White has been in the boot the whole time.
The DBS takes a more notable role in Casino Royale, where gadgets on the back-to-basics reboot include a defibrillator and a poison analysis kit. The DBS featured in this film gained Guinness World Record accreditation for the most cannon rolls in a car, after being fired from a nitrogen cannon during a chase scene.
The DBS V12 offers 510bhp from the 6.0 litre engine, and a 0-60 time of just 4.2 seconds.
Jaguar XJYear: 2012
A woman of discerning taste, M's car simply had to be the best. No wonder then, that she chose the Jaguar XJ L in a smart Midnight Black. The long wheelbase version of the XJ has interior space aplenty and ensures that the spacious rear is ideal for being comfortably chauffeur driven.
Models such as the Premium Luxury include televisions and iPad docks as standard, meaning M most likely had her favourite pick of technology working alongside her throughout Skyfall. Later in the film, Bond hijacks M in order to save her from Silva's clutches.
Jaguar Land Rover provided 77 vehicles for use in Skyfall, including the Land Rover Defender in the opening sequence used by Eve.