The 007-film franchise is one of the most successful to date. There are many reasons why viewers love the films, including the suave actors, hi-tech gadgets, beautiful “Bond girls”, the larger-than-life action, and of course, the cars. When he is not playing Baccarat or Texas Hold’em Poker in the swankiest casinos in the world, he is usually chasing down or escaping from villains in a car that is powerful, technically advanced and beautiful all at the same time. It is no wonder that after a Bond film is released, the subsequent sales of the car featured increases dramatically. We take a look at the 5 coolest bond cars to date.
No. 1 – The Lotus Espirit from The Spy Who Loved Me
In 1977, the Spy Who Loved Me grossed more than 184 million dollars, and gave us one of the most impressive Bond cars ever seen. The 1976 Lotus Esprit S1 looked way ahead of its time, and its futuristic design made it even more intriguing. The producers wanted an innovative chase scene and the Lotus did not disappoint. In this film, 007 uses his impressive vehicle to travel on the road, in the air and underwater. No other car in any Bond film has come close to this achievement.
No. 2 – Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger
In 1964, we saw the introduction of the Aston Martin DB5. While the Ian Fleming novel placed Bond in a DB Mark II, the latest model on the market was the DB5. While reluctant at first, Aston Martin finally agreed to have their car in the film. Subsequently, it became the bestselling Aston Martin of all time. In the film it sported a number of gadgets, including a smoke screen, revolving number plate, and the iconic ejector seat. It also helped that the car had impressive lines and a powerful engine.
No. 3 – Aston Martin DBS V12 from Casino Royale
The reboot of the Bond franchise required a new face and a new car. While the producers opted to stick with Aston Martin, the car Daniel Craig drove in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace has its own character. According to Aston Martin, the DBS combined the elegance of black-tie with explosive power and simple beauty. Like the glittering slot machine backdrops in the casino, the car was nothing short of sensational, and has gone on to cement Aston Martin as the most popular 007 vehicles for the franchise.
No. 4 – Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante from The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights, released in 1987 featured a 1985 Aston Martin V8. This marked the return of Aston Martin after 18 years. While we are not sure why it wasn’t used in the 1985 film, we are grateful for the inclusion none the less. Timothy Dalton was the lucky man piloting this awesome machine. The car looked almost exactly as the one used in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but sported a number of improved gadgets. The Aston Martin V8 provided class, power and sophistication to the Bond franchise and certainly deserves a place on the list.
No.5 – Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds are Forever features one of the most epic chase scenes of any 007 film. In this 1971 classic, cop cars on the Las Vegas Strip surround Bond. His vehicle of choice for the getaway is a Ford Mustang Mach 1. Looking back, a muscle car was the perfect choice for such a scene, as it had to be a car with no gadgets and pure power. Technically, it was not his car, it belonged to the lovely Tiffany Case, but he drove the hell out of it and caused a massive spike in Mustang sales the following year!