Bond, James Bond. I bet you’ve heard that catchphrase more than once in your life. The legendary agent 007 – the Queen’s best man when it comes to saving the world – is probably the most recognized on-screen character of the 20th (and the 21st) century. And he’s got an expensive taste, too, especially when it comes to his “means of transport. A James Bond car has always been one of the biggest “stars” in any part of the franchise – it’s like a tradition, you know? It’s safe to say that Mr. Bond won’t be nearly as popular if not for his awesome cars that can fly, swim, sprint faster than a bullet and make him look good while he’s saving the world from the next big-time villain. A new 007 vehicle is as much in the center of attention (gossip and speculations, that is) as is the next Bond girl of Daniel Craig’s perfect haircut. So, it’s kinda hard to pick the best James Bond cars ever – there are so many!
Serving Her Majesty With Dedication And Style
And every time the people behind the next Bond movie try their best to keep the audience in suspense (in a good way) and wow everybody when it finally arrives worldwide. Now, even though 007 is a British agent, the royal servant of the Queen herself, he’s not limited to driving UK-made cars – he goes with whatever’s hot, fast and maybe even bulletproof (might come in handy when he’ll be chasing or running away from an international terrorist). The brand-new Aston Martin DB10 that debuted in the Spectre was a pretty controversial model and made as much buzz in the Internet as your next big blogger or the GOP candidates. Honestly, I don’t like it that much either, but you can’t deny that Aston still knows how to shock with futuristic designs – at least give them that. Besides, there are only TEN units out there, so, that automatically makes the latest Bond ride one of the rarest cars in the world. Alright, let’s stop gossiping and take a look at the best James Bond cars ever.
#1 – The Toyota 2000GT
Ok, how about we start the list with a foreign guest – the 2000GT, straight from Japan. Toyota used to be the leader in sporty cars back in the day, the best of the best, if I say so myself. And the GT was the pinnacle of the company’s success in the segment. It starred in the You Only Live Twice movie and was a bold move, to say the least, because the Bond franchise is generally favoring the European supercars, not the Asian speedsters. However, Toyota delivered a masterpiece with this one and showed the world that Jaguar E-Type (a British release, by the way) is not the only gorgeous car that boasts a revolutionary design and meticulous attention to details. Mr. Sean Connery hopped behind the wheel of this one, and, as he’s quite the tall guy – 6’2″, the engineers actually had to modify the 2000GT, transforming it from the traditional coupe form into a convertible. As a result, we got our once-in-a-lifetime chance to look at the redesigned Toyota legend (only 2 were made) and learned that Japan is more than capable of producing the hottest sports cars in the world.
The Best James Bond Cars Ever – #2, The Aston Martin DBS
As you’ll learn soon, Mr. James Bond (or should I call him Sir James Bond?) has a lot of love for the Aston Martin line-up. The DBS starred in the Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace movies and became an instant hit with the fans. Fun fact: The DBS debuted in the Bond franchise right when Daniel Craig did – in 2016. If you loved the movie and still have the poster on your wall, then you must remember that impressive record-breaking 7-times-roll. And it wasn’t easy to make the God damn car flip, if you can believe that! The engineers had to use pressurized nitrogen that quite literally blew the Aston Martin DBS into a flip. I’m not really sure how the production team behind the movie convinced the heads at Aston that crashing their brand-new baby was such a great idea, you know? Crazy stories aside, this is an absolutely perfect car for James Bond: it breathes premium in and class out – everything about it says “I’m a luxury car that only 007 can drive”. By the way, it’s one of the rare Bond cars that didn’t have any tech gadgets attached to it. So, again, rolling it down the mountain might be a bit painful, but it certainly did make an awesome movie scene. Speaking of the best James Bond cars ever I gotta say that this is my #1 favorite.
#3 – The Lotus Spirit
Yep, you guessed it: this is that car-turned-submarine awesomeness that featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. If you’ve been a fan of Her Majesty’s best agent since the early days, then I bet this one is still with you in your dreams. The movie hit the box office back in 1977, but it’s still the most outrageous Bond car to date. The Lotus Spirit was already a gorgeous model, but the S1 could transform into a real-world submarine with anti-aircraft MISSILES! Don’t tell me you didn’t say “Yes!” the first time you saw it! The Wet Nellie (that’s what the machine was called) was an actual submarine, but with huge limitations. It could only “swim” forward and the interior wasn’t much of a blast for the driver (or should I say the captain?) Still, it was cool enough to be sold for 864K at an auction back in 2009. I guess somebody wants to engage into underwater combat after rolling down the block with pride and joy! Anywho, no list of the best James Bond cars ever without the Lotus Spirit, it’s not even a discussion. Four decades later we still remember this wonderful thing and hope that the Bond bosses will come up with another ground-breaking ride for 007 in the future.
#4 – The Aston Martin DB10
True, the Spectre might’ve been the most boring Bond movie to date. And the DB10 wasn’t an instant hit with the franchise fans. Nevertheless, the new Aston Martin did make a noisy entrance, and that’s more than enough for today. First of all, this car sounds like the best symphonic orchestra in the world, and even though the exterior design doesn’t make you jump up from the sofa and scream “Hooray” (like with the Lotus Spirit S1), you still can’t deny the amount of class and prestige the car has. And Daniel Craig looked pretty dope driving it. Under the hood the DB10 features a 4.7-lit V8 that’s paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Overall, there were only 10 DB10s made: 8 units were used in filming, while 2 were show cars and one of them was sold on February 19th for 2.7 million dollars. Aha, somebody appreciates Aston Martin’s hard work! So, despite the fact that a lot of people love to scold the British manufacturer for ruining it with the latest model, the DB10 is still one of the best James Bond cars ever. Care to disagree? Share in the comments!
The Best James Bond Cars Ever – #5, The Aston Martin DB5
Alright, this is the good stuff right here, folks: the third Aston Martin model in my list and the most iconic Bond car in history – plain and simple. If starred not in one, not in two, but in SEVEN Bond movies! So, no wonder that it’s number one. The DB5 and James Bond have been through so much together that you could call then Brothers In Arms. And they look great together, like salt and pepper, fire and water, hot and cold. They’ve been a “couple” for 51 years, for God’s sake! And since that very first appearance the Aston Martin DB5 received tons of gadgets, including blades that slashed the tires of Bond’s foes and those legendary machine guns hidden in the front wing. Even without all those awesome toys, this car still looks and feels perfect. The V6 is roaring like a lion, the vintage design is turning heads and the unique character is still a rare beast. So, at the end of the day, the Aston Martin DB5 is king among the best James Bond cars ever. Nothing more, nothing less.
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