The complete all James Bond cars

The complete list of all James Bond cars in chronological order, from over 50 years of the James Bond series. From the humble Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No through to the beautiful Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall.
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Aston Martin DB5

Model: DB5 (1963)
Bond Movie: Casino Royale (2006)
Skyfall (2012)

The DB5 returned yet again in 2006's Casino Royale, where Bond won the car in a poker game against Alex Dimitrios. To add insult to injury, Bond used the DB5 to steal Dimitrios' girlfriend.

In Skyfall, Bond rescued M from an attack by Raoul Silva, and decided to take her to Scotland to lure Silva into their territory, and to avoid the loss of innocent lives in the crowded London. Bond stopped by a garage, telling M that they would have to switch cars, as the MI6 cars all have trackers. Bond opened the door to reveal the DB5, and they drove together to Scotland, M complaining the car was uncomfortable, and Bond jokingly threatening to use the ejector seat.

Aston Martin DBS V12

Model: DBS V12 (2006)
Bond Movie: Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)

Casino Royale was the big reboot of the series, to give James Bond a more serious tone. Daniel Craig came equipped with the latest Aston Martin DBS V12, but the gadgets were minimal and realistic. There were two hidden trays housing a defibrillator and a silenced Walther PPK, contrasting the ridiculous gadgets of the prior film. The name 'DBS' was recycled from a discontinued model from the late sixties, which Bond had driven in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

When Le Chiffre kidnaps Vesper Lynd, Bond drives after them in the DBS and into a trap. Le Chiffre uses his head start to his advantage, leaving Vesper tied up in the middle of the road just after a small hill. When Bond drives over the hill at speed, he spots Vesper, and swerves to avoid her, resulting in a world record breaking series of 7 flips in an intense crash that leaves Bond unconscious and in the hands of the enemy.

In the next Bond film, Quantum of Solace, a slightly darker DBS V12 returned for a intense chase sequence along a mountain-side road, in which the driver door was completely ripped off!

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Model: V12 Vanquish (2002)
Bond Movie: Die Another Day (2002)

As introduced by John Cleese, playing Q, "Aston Martin call it the Vanquish, we call it the Vanish." Die Another Day put Bond in an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, complete with an invisibility cloak that has been widely quoted as the most ridiculous gadget in a James Bond film. Q notes that the Aston has all the usual refinements, including an ejector seat, torpedos, and target seeking shotguns mounted on the bonnet.

The Aston features in an elaborate 7 minute chase sequence around Gustav Graves' ice palace. It begins when a snowmobile crashes into the Vanquish when its invisibility cloak is activated, giving away Bond's location. Henchman Zao gives chase in an equally gadget-filled Jaguar, using a thermal imaging screen to detect the Aston. Bond and Zao use rockets, machine guns, ejector seats and missiles in their cat-and-mouse chase.

Ford Fairlane

Model: Fairlane (1957)
Bond Movie: Die Another Day (2002)

After getting some valuable information from Havana MI6 agent Raoul, Bond asks to borrow a gun and a fast car. Perhaps as a joke, he is given a 1957 Ford Fairlane. Bond drives the Ford along a picturesque highway to his hotel, and the car isn't used or seen again. It appeared only briefly and wasn't equipped with any gadgets, being used solely for transportation.

It's possible that the Fairlane is a homage to Thunderball, where SPECTRE agent Count Lippe drove a similar car when trying to take revenge on Bond, only to be killed himself by another SPECTRE henchwoman. However, the car Count Lippe drove was a different color, and wasn't a convertible.

BMW Z8

Model: Z8 (1999)
Bond Movie: The World is Not Enough(1999)

The World is Not Enough featured the BMW Z8, and was the end of a stream of product placements from BMW. Introduced to Bond by R, Q's new assistant played by John Cleese, it appears as though they were running a little short on ideas. R mentions that the Z8 features titanium armor, a multi-tasking heads up display and six beverage cup holders, with no other gadgets mentioned.

Out in the field, Bond is being chased by a helicopter, and uses the Z8 keys to release the handbrake and drive the car forward so that he can get in without losing his cover. Bond then uses a gadget built into the Z8's steering wheel to launch a surface-to-air missile to take down the helicopter. Unfortunately for Bond, another helicopter arrives complete with a metal cutting gadget, and cuts the BMW in half.

BMW 750iL

Model: 740iL, with 750iL badges (1997)
Bond Movie: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

After teasing the unused gadgets of the Z3, BMW returned for Tomorrow Never Dieswith the most impressive car gadgets of the decade. The BMW 750iL features bullet proof windows and body that can withstand being hit by a sledgehammer. The door handles can also be electrified, shocking any would-be thieves. The car can be driven by remote control via Bond's special Ericsson Mobile Phone, complete with touchpad controls.

Bond uses the phone to activate a tear gas attack, stunning the henchmen standing around his car. He then remotely drives the car around a corner, and jumps in through the rear window while the car is still in motion. A high tension chase ensues, with Bond driving from the back seat the entire time. He uses various gadgets, such as roof-mounted missiles, tire spike dispenser, reinflating tires and a front-mounted steel wire cutter. To lose the enemy, he bails out of the car and drives it off of a rooftop car park into an Avis rental shop.

BMW Z3

Model: Z3 (1995)
Bond Movie: Goldeneye (1995)

Goldeneye was the first film of the series to put Bond in a BMW. Q introduces the BMW Z3 in his laboratory after his assistants demonstrate the parachute breaking system. Q briefs Bond on the ejector seat, the all-points radar, and his personal favourite: stinger missiles housed behind the headlights. Despite the impressive show of gadgets, none of them were used in the film, and the car only appeared in one more brief scene. Bond drives to meet CIA agent Jack Wade to pick up a small plane. He throws Wade the keys to the Z3, with a warning not to touch any of the buttons.

The product placement worked a treat, causing a huge spike in sales for BMW. They received over 15,000 orders for Z3s, and it took over a year to fulfil them. Goldeneye was the first of three back-to-back films in which Bond drove a BMW, before they were dropped in favour of Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DB5

Model: DB5 (1963)
Bond Movie: Goldeneye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

The famous Aston Martin DB5 returned for Pierce Brosnan's introduction as James Bond in Goldeneye. MI6 psychologist Caroline has been sent to evaluate Bond, who takes her for a drive in the DB5. They are soon enticed into a friendly race by the Ferrari Spider 355 wielding Xenia Onatopp. Although in reality the DB5 wouldn't come close to matching the Ferrari's speed, Bond manages to take the lead.

The fast driving manages to scare his passenger Caroline, who asks him to stop the car at once. Bond complies, putting on the handbrake in an abrupt emergency stop, replying "as you can see, I have no problem with female authority." He then reveals a bottle of Bollinger champagne hidden under the armrest. The DB5 returned briefly in Tomorrow Never Dies, though it was not part of a chase scene.

Aston Martin V8

Model: V8 Vantage Volante (1985)
Bond Movie: The Living Daylights (1987)

With the introduction of a new James Bond, Timothy Dalton, in The Living Daylights, the producers brought back an Aston Martin after an 18 year absence. The Aston Martin V8 was kitted out with gadgets in the style of Goldfinger's DB5. It had a control panel under the arm rest with buttons to operate lasers, missiles, outriggers, a rear rocket propulsion system and tire spikes for added traction control. It also had an all-band police radio receiver, a heads-up missile guidance display on the windshield, and a built-in self-destruct timer.

Ironically, the design of the V8 is virtually unchanged from that of the DBS Bond drove in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This tidbit of trivia serves to illustrate the lasting value of such a beautiful design. However, it may also help to explain Aston's long absence from the series; the unchanging designs would have proved too monotonous for Bond.

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II

Model: Silver Cloud II (1962)
Bond Movie: A View to a Kill (1985)

This particular Rolls Royce has a long history within the Bond franchise; it was the personal car of James Bond producer Cubby Broccoli. Cubby had purchased it in August 1962, perhaps to celebrate the end of post-production for the first Bond film, Dr. No. The registration number was "CUB1", and was often seen in Cubby's personal parking space at Pinewood studios. In 1965, the Rolls had a brief cameo in Thunderball, shown in the car park of the fictional Shrublands health clinic.

Twenty years later it became the main Bond car in A View to a Kill, albeit with a different licence number. The Rolls is driven by Sir Godfrey Tibbett, an MI6 agent posing as Bond's chauffeur. After strangling Tibbett in a car wash, Henchwoman May Day captures Bond and knocks him unconscious. She then pushes the Rolls into a lake with Bond and Tibbett inside. Bond comes to and uses the air from the tires to breath underwater until May Day leaves the scene. A 1958 Bentley S1 doubled for the Rolls during the lake sequence.

Renault Taxi

Model: Renault 11 (1985)
Bond Movie: A View to a Kill (1985)

After henchwoman May Day parachutes off the top of the Eiffel Tower, Bond must act quickly to catch her. He commandeers a Renault taxi, and executes a few stunts to keep up the pace, driving up a ramp and across the roof of a bus to get through some heavy traffic. However, as he drives off the roof and back onto the street, he crashes into a stop barrier, slicing the roof of the Renault right off.

With his eyes on May Day instead of on the road, Bond gets hit by an oncoming car, and the whole rear half of his taxi gets sliced off, resulting in him scraping along the road with only two wheels. He manages to keep the car under control, stopping at the side of a bridge to continue his chase on water.

Bajaj RE

Model: Bajaj RE (1983)
Bond Movie: Octopussy (1983)

The Bajaj RE is a model of auto rickshaw, also known as a Tuk Tuk taxi, that appeared in Octopussy. After winning a high stakes backgammon game against Kamal Khan, Bond leaves in a taxi with ally agent Vijay. He soon spots Khan's henchman Gobinda in the taxi behind, armed with a muzzled shotgun. Bond tells Vijay "we've got company", to which Vijay replies "No problem, this is a company car."

It is indeed a company car, outfitted with a powerful engine by Q-branch. Vijay quickly accelerates, bringing the taxi on its back two wheels in the process. A tense chase follows, with a few in-jokes thrown in. The actor playing Vijay was a professional tennis star, and during the chase scene he fends off some assailants with a tennis racket, as an audience in the street move their heads back and forth as if watching a tennis match.

Citroën 2CV

Model: 2CV (1981)
Bond Movie: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

After his Lotus self-destructs, Bond is forced to escape in Melina Havelock's car. To his despair, she drives a Citroën 2CV, not quite the calibre of car Bond is used to. The fire of machine guns behind him soon ends his hesitation, and the amusing chase scene begins. After Melina manages to topple the car upside down, some local villagers help to get it back on its wheels, and Bond takes over the driving.

The Citroën had to be fitted with a bigger engine to make it suitable for a tense chase scene. Even still, some segments of the scene were very obviously sped up, most noticeably during a backwards-forward stunt that the 2CV struggled to pull off. However, the scene was intended to be as humorous as it was tense.

Lotus Esprit Turbo

Model: Essex Turbo (1981)
Bond Movie: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Following the well received appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me, Lotus returned for a second and final time in For Your Eyes Only, with an upgraded Lotus Esprit Turbo. Not wanting to appear stale and repetitive, the producers decided against using the Lotus for another chase scene, especially considering it was virtually the same model and color. Instead, it was used as part of a few jokes.

Bond drives the Esprit to the hideout of Hector Gonzales, but when it comes time to escape, the car meets with an ill fate. One of Gonzale's henchmen approaches the Lotus and--ignoring the "burglar protected" sticker--smashes the passenger window. Q's self destruct system promptly kicks in, blowing the car and the henchman to pieces. In a later scene in Q's lab, Bond spots a replacement car and jibes "I see you managed to get the Lotus back together again."

Lotus Esprit

Model: Esprit S1 (1976)
Bond Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

For the tenth Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, the producers wanted to out-do themselves and create the most spectacular film of the series. They equipped Bond with a white Lotus Esprit S1 in a chase sequence covering land, air and water. With the beautiful Barbara Bach in the passenger seat, Bond is chased on land by a motorbike equipped with a jet-propulsion sidecar rocket, and a car containing the armed henchmen Jaws.

After eliminating their land problems, they are attacked from the air by a helicopter equipped with large machine guns. A game of cat and mouse ensues along the mountain roads, and unable to lose the tail, Bond drives off the edge of a peer. The Lotus transforms into a mini submarine, and the helicopter is quickly eliminated with a sea-to-air missile. Not giving up, the enemy brings on their underwater assault, with armed frogmen, underwater missiles and torpedo-equipped submarines. The Lotus handles them with ease and Bond transforms the vehicle back to a car and drives out of the sea onto a beach of unsuspecting tourists.

AMC Hornet

Model: Hornet X Hatchback (1974)
Bond Movie: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

In The Man with the Golden Gun, Mary Goodnight gets herself kidnapped by Francisco Scaramanga. Bond runs to his car to make chase, only to realize that Ms. Goodnight has the keys. With Scaramanga almost out of sight, Bond spots a car dealership, and steals an AMC Hornet, driving it right out through the showroom window. Live and Let Die's Sheriff J.W. Pepper returns as a Bangkok tourist, who just so happened to be sitting in the passenger seat of the Hornet.

The pair chase Scaramanga, with Pepper adding some comic relief to the tense action scene. Bond swerves in and out of the busy Bangkok traffic to make up for the lost distance. With some creative driving, Scaramanga manages to double back on Bond and heads in the opposite direction. Bond immediately executes an impressive backwards-forward manoeuvre to absolute perfection, but soon finds himself on the opposite side of a river to Scaramanga, and miles away from a bridge. In the film's landmark stunt, Bond spots an old collapsed bridge and does a 360 degree barrel roll over the river.

Ford Mustang

Model: Mustang Mach 1 (1971)
Bond Movie: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

While Diamonds Are Forever wasn't the most well received Sean Connery Bond film, it did have one of the best car chases of the early series. While at the wheel of Tiffany Case's Ford Mustang, Bond finds himself on the Sheriff's radar, resulting in a high tension chase along the Las Vegas strip. There are some excellently choreographed manoeuvres, but the action soon moves to a parking lot, where Bond tricks half a dozen police cars into crashing into each other, before escaping over a ramp. Before long, the only undamaged police car left in the vicinity takes chase, and Bond takes a wrong turn down a dead end alley. He tells Tiffany Case to lean over and uses a loading ramp to put the car on two wheels and escape through the narrow pedestrian walkway to safety.

Interestingly, the Vegas strip was so busy that for most of the chase scene, large crowds of tourists could be seen on the sidewalks, watching the action. The producers hoped that the chase would be so exciting that the audience wouldn't notice. Another point of interest is that virtually all the cars destroyed during filming were Fords. That's because Ford offered to supply as many cars as the producers wanted, if Bond drove a Mustang.

Mercury Cougar

Model: Cougar XR-7 (1969)
Bond Movie: On Her Majesty's Secret Service(1969)

When Bond is on the run in Piz Gloria without his Aston, he has to rely on his future wife Tracy Di Vicenzo, and her red Mercury Cougar. With the help of rally studs for added traction on the icy roads, Tracy proves to be a competent driver, out-cornering the henchmen trying to shoot them down. In order to lose the tail, Tracy enters a stock car race track, and after a few laps manages to escape, leaving the henchmen upturned in an explosive crash.

Aston Martin DBS

Model: DBS (1968)
Bond Movie: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service introduced a new James Bond, George Lazenby, and it was only right to equip him with the latest Aston Martin. The Aston played a key part in the film's shocking ending, as well as in introducing the new lead actor. Bond is first shown driving along a winding Portugal road in the beautiful Aston Martin DBS, his face hidden in silhouette in an artistic introduction. At the film's end, Bond's wife is assassinated through the DBS's windshield.

The Aston Martin DBS was the last car the company produced under the ownership of David Brown, after whom the DB series had been named. In the following Bond film,Diamonds Are Forever, the DBS was briefly shown being fitted with missiles in Q's lab.

Toyota 2000 GT

Model: 2000 GT (1967)
Bond Movie: You Only Live Twice (1967)

Known as Japan's first supercar, the Toyota 2000 GT was the obvious car of choice forYou Only Live Twice, a Bond film set primarily in Japan. Only 351 models were produced, making the car rarer than a DB5. The 2000 GT was actually a hardtop coupé, but the low roof proved too restrictive for Sean Connery, who was too tall to sit comfortably in the car. At short notice, Toyota made modifications to produce a special open top version just for the film.

Aston Martin DB5

Model: DB5 (1963)
Bond Movie: Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)

The Aston Martin DB5 is the quintessential James Bond car, and one of the most recognizable and famous cars in cinema history. In the novel, Bond had driven a DB Mark III, but the producers chose to use the newer DB5, which had been released only 3 months prior to shooting. The special effects team added a large array of gadgets to the car, including an ejector seat, machine guns, a smoke screen, and tyre slashers.

The tie-in Corgi model of the DB5 became the best selling toy of the year, and the producers brought the car back for the next film, Thunderball. Since then a DB5 has also featured in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.

Bentley Mark IV

Model: Drophead 3.5 Litre (1935)
Bond Movie: From Russia With Love (1963)

Bond's car in From Russia with Love is an unusual one for the series, as the Bentley Mark IV was almost 30 years old at the time of the film's release. In several of the Ian Fleming novels, Bond had driven a Bentley 4.5 litre, which predated the Mark IV by two years. This was likely the inspiration behind its inclusion in the film.

Early on in From Russia with Love, Bond is shown picnicking alongside a river with Sylvia Trench. They are about to enjoy some Taittinger champagne when Bond is paged by HQ. He goes to the Bentley and calls Miss Moneypenny from the car phone. Before heading back to MI6, he brings up the convertible roof for some private time with Miss Trench.

Sunbeam Alpine

Model: Series II (1962)
Bond Movie: Dr. No (1962)

James Bond's first car was the modest Sunbeam Alpine Series II, in lake blue. After being invited to the mountain apartment of enemy spy Miss Taro, Bond drove the Sunbeam up the dusty road and into a trap. He was soon chased by a large hearse that tried to ram him off the edge of the sharp cliff. After some tense corners, a crane blocked the road ahead. Bond managed to pass underneath, but the hearse was too tall and skidded off the mountain to a fiery death.

Like many Bond cars to follow, the Sunbeam was English made, manufactured just outside of Coventry in the West Midlands. The iconic car had also featured in the novelDr. No, where it was the personal car of John Strangways, head of Station J, Jamaica. For the film, it was rumoured that the producers had borrowed the Sunbeam from a local resident to avoid the cost of importing their own.

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