What is it about the James Bond character that has captivated audiences for over 50 years? Is it the cinematography? The fantastic script writing? Is it the impressive casting of handsome Hollywood men? Or is it the luxuries?


 Let’s face it: Bond doesn’t do anything that’s average. 007’s lovers, his lifestyle, and especially his cars are always top notch. Today, we’ll just focus on the cars. Here are the Top 10 James Bond Cars in chronological order of appearances:.

6. The 1976 Lotus Esprit S1

The 1976 Lotus Esprit S1

Bond: Roger Moore

Not only did the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, gross more than 184 million dollars… it also gave us one of the coolest Bond cars of all time.  The 1976 Lotus Esprit S1 looked way ahead of its time when it came out. The producers wanted to create a chase scene that was innovative and the Esprit S1 was the car for the job.  In The Spy Who Loved Me, 007 uses his Lotus to travel in the air, on the ground or underwater.  Hard to believe, isn’t it? Actually, the submarine version of the Lotus Esprit S1 was real. Producers had a fully functional, real submarine built from the Lotus body shell made just for this film.  

5. The 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Bond: Timothy Dalton

I am not sure why producers did not want to debut the 1985 V8 Vantage Volante the same year A View to Kill(1985) came out, but it makes its appearance in The Living Daylights(1987). Realistically, it’s never too late to throw an Aston Martin in your movie.  James Bond also got a new face in this movie as Timothy Dalton was cast to play the iconic character. Aston Martin came back in this film after an 18 year hiatus. The look of this car is almost exactly the same as the Aston Martin DBS that appeared in Her Majesty’s Secret Service(1969). This could explain why the 1968 DBS was eventually discontinued by the brand.  It could also explain the long break the franchise took from Aston Martin.  The body style of Astons barely changed for quite some time.  This would have been too repetitious for Bond movies.

4. BMW Z8 (1999)


Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Enter Pierce Brosnan.  After Timothy Dalton’s rendition of James Bond failed to catch on with audiences, the franchise took a production break for about 5 years.  They rebooted the franchise with a fresh new look and a dapper new Bond.  That also brought on a vehicle makeover!  BMW decided to be the automotive sponsor for the 007 reboot and it turned out to be a success.  In The World is not Enough(1999), James Bond rode in a BMW Z8.  The appearance of this roadster screams Bond. It’s sleek, classic, and of course was equipped with surface-to-air missile launchers.  BMW’s decision to put James Bond in their car was a good choice because every movie they were featured in caused a huge spike in their sales.  As for 007’s ’99 BMW Z8, a helicopter with a metal cutting gadget painfully cuts it in half.  Z8 lovers everywhere shed a tear.

Sources : wheels.ca
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