Top 10 Bond Cars
Just like a Sunday roast, I have saved my favourite til last. Here at Average Joe’s we are big Bond fans as you could probably tell from our Top 10 Bond Girls and our Top 10 Bad Guys pieces last week. I am a Bond fan but I am also a huge petrolhead so writing this post has been both enjoyable and difficult at same time.
Why are Bond cars so important? More so than any other film franchise, the cars in the various Bond movies over the years have been as famous as Bond himself. With their rockets, machine guns and ejector seats they have captured the imagination of kids (and adults) the world over. The franchise has even helped a certain carmaker become one of the coolest and most sought after brands in the world. Bond just isn’t the same without a special set of wheels from Q-Branch.
10. Ford Mustang in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
We had to add this for one of the worlds biggest blunders in cinema history. Bond is being chased by the fuzz and heads down an alley. He gets it on two wheels to fit through a tight gap. It goes into the gap on its right side and comes out on its left side. A classic movie cock-up.
9. Renault 11 in A View To A Kill (1985)
Not exactly the most glamorous car on this list but it is the only one that looses its roof, then gets chopped in half and still keeps going.
8. Aston Martin DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
The first of three Astons in this list. When they came to replace Sean Connery in 1969 they had to give Bond lovers something familiar and that came in the form of the gorgeous Aston Martin DBS. It didn’t do much but it still looked great.
7. Lotus Esprit Turbo from For Your Eyes Only (1981)
This 80’s wedge was detonated and then put back together by Q branch in a stunning bronze and gold finish. This car was perfect for an 80’s Bond and by having it in the list we can use an image of the car with a bikini-clad babe. We’re a complex bunch really.
6. Routemaster Double-Decker Bus in Live and Let Die (1973)
A knackered, clapped out London Bus may not be your perfect idea of a Bond vehicle but it was used to great effect. They manage to powerslide it and then they knock off the roof under a low bridge which is hit by a chasing police car. Another classic Bond chase.
5. AMC Hornet in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
We’ll be honest, we don’t like this car. We do like what Bond does with it. To continue chasing Scaramanga who is across the river, Bond must find a way across. There isn’t a bridge but there is an oddly-shaped ramp. You know the rest. What makes this even make incredible is that they did it for real without any effects at all. Even better than that the stunt driver who had been getting ready to do the stunt had pull out at the last minute and the mechanic stepped in and did the stunt in one take.
4. Citroen 2CV from For Your Eyes Only (1981)
It’s not fast, it’s not sexy and it doesn’t have any gadgets. The 2CV in For Your Eyes Only had to be included for the great, albeit over-the-top chase sequence done the side of a mountain.
3. Aston Martin V8 Vantage from The Living Daylights (1987)
This was the modern interpretation of the classic DB5 from Goldfinger. The spinning blades on the wheels we’re replaced with lasers, the machine guns became rockets and rather than an ejector seat it had Skis and a rocket booster.
2. Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
A car that became a submarine!? Only in a James Bond film could this have worked. Possibly the second most iconic car in cinema history after the number 1 on our list.
1. Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger (1964)
It needs no introduction. The car that practically created vehicular product placement in movies, the simply stunning Aston Martin DB5.
There you have it, our Top Ten James Bond Cars!
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