Every Car James Bond Ever Drove

Written by Carly Hallman

Always sexy and always the pinnacle of current luxury car design and technology, all James Bond cars tend to have a calculated, alluring mystique that wows the audience almost as much as the spy himself. Nearly all of the 27 films feature an expensive vehicle, which often sports both real and fictional features. Here are some more fun facts about James Bond’s car fleet!

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Every Car James Bond Ever Drove

A Theatrical Timeline of the First Appearance of James Bond Passenger Vehicles

Dr. No (1962)
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1961 Sunbeam Alpine
From Russia With Love (1963)
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupé by Park Ward
Goldfinger (1964)
1963 Aston Martin DB5
Thunderball (1965)
1965 Lincoln Continental
You Only Live Twice (1967)
1967 Toyota 2000GT
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
1968 Aston Martin DBS
Diamond Are Forever (1971)
1971 Ford Galaxie 500, 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 1970 Honda ATC-90, 1970 Triumph Stag
Live and Let Die (1973)
1947 AEC Regent III

dd>1963 Chevrolet Impala

dd>1972 Leyland Mini Moke

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
1974 AMC Hornet
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
1976 Lotus Esprit S1

dd>Moonraker (1979)

dd>1974 Jeep Cherokee

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
1981 Citroën 2CV

dd>1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Octopussy (1983)
1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6

dd>1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 S

dd>1980 Range Rover Rapport Huntsman

Never Say Never Again (1983)
1937 Bentley 4.5 Litre Gurney Nutting 3-Position-Drophead Coupé

dd>1982 Yamaha XJ 650 Seca Turbo

A View to Kill (1985)
1983 Ford Ldd

dd>1983 Renault 11 TXE

The Living Daylights (1987)
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

dd>1986 Audi 200 Avant

dd>1986 Audi 200 Quattro

License to Kill (1989)
1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC
GoldenEye (1995)
1995 BMW Z3
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
1997 BMW 750iL

dd>BMW R1200C

The World is Not Enough (1999)
1999 BMW Z8

dd>1986 Lada Niva

Die Another Day (2002)
2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

dd>1957 Ford Fairlane

Casino Royale (2006)
2008 Aston Martin DBS V12

dd>2006 Ford Mondeo 2.5 Litre ST Concept

dd>2005 Range Rover Sport

Quantum of Solace (2008)
1989 Ford Bronco II XLT

dd>2008 Ford Edge SEL

dd>2008 Range Rover Sport

dd>2008 Volvo S40

Skyfall (2012)
2011 Jaguar XJ

dd>2010 Mercedes-Benz S 300

Spectre (2015)
2016 Aston Martin DB10

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Since 1962, the spy has been wooing beautiful ladies, killing bad guys, and looking really sharp. The original James Bond car was a comparatively humble Sunbeam Alpine. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we? That car was a rented one, though. The first car owned by Bond himself appeared in From Russia With Love and was a much sexier 1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre. (So for your next trivia night, those who suggest that 007 began exclusively with Aston Martin vehicles are wrong.)

James Bond’s Favorite Car

For most of the Sean Connery era, the list of James Bond cars mostly included Aston Martin vehicles, specifically the beloved, tricked-out DB5 of Goldfinger fame. This may be one of the most important vehicles out of all of the cars in James Bond movies. That brand shows up in 11 films and quite a few novelizations as well. Bond’s influence led to an overall growth in sales for the London-based car company.

Coolest Gadgets in 007 Cars

Cool luxury cars are great product placement and all, but a spy needs to make sure his car has some secret gadgets so that he can make a quick getaway. Gadgets in James Bond cars include the famous ejector seat, the license-plate-switching device, bulletproof windows, an oil spout in the back, machine guns, and the invisibility cloak in Die Another Day.

So Nerdy That They Had to Make it Real

One of the most famous tricked-out cars was the car that doubles as a submarine! The James Bond submarine car was actually a Lotus Esprit, and it’s probably one of the silliest Bond vehicles ever. That being said, nerds everywhere have been trying to make one after that movie. A $2 million submarine sports car has been modeled after Bond’s Lotus Esprit, and it can drive 75 miles per hour underwater.

Drinking and Driving

On a sobering note, one might be worried about Bond’s driving record. On average, he has a drink in the films every 10 minutes and 53 seconds; he reportedly has more vodka martinis than kisses. Maybe that’s why he wrecks his vehicles so much. In the filming of Spectre, Bond’s crew wrecked $37 million in Aston Martins. But it’s OK; blowing up cars is cool.

Which Brands Bond Likes

While it’s true that Bond loves the car company of his homeland, he’s not 100 percent loyal to only Aston Martin. He’s also purchased cars of other brands, like Bentley, Ford, Chevrolet, and Land Rover. The bad guys, though, tend to prefer a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Rolls-Royce, or Jaguar for their henchmen. (However, it should be noted that Bond often steals and eventually drives said vehicles.)

What He Drives Now

For James Bond, new car decisions are a big deal because of the amazing product placement. Sales often go up after a model stars in a Bond movie, but companies often will need to donate numerous models, as they are so apt to be blown up. The new James Bond car of Daniel Craig’s era is a throwback to the classic DB5. It’s an Aston Martin, this time an Aston Martin DB10, which will appear in Spectre. Recently, he’s driven a DBS (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) and DB5 (Skyfall). How retro of him.


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