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Aston Martin has just released its latest Vanquish – a car that famously appeared in James Bond’s Die Another Day, and joins the iconic Aston Martin DB5 featured in numerous Bond films throughout the decades.
We’ve also heard news this week that the new James Bond movie, ‘Bond 24’ will be ready for fans in 2015, with the award-winning director, Sam Mendes, now confirmed as Director and heartstopper Daniel Craig will be back for what will be his fourth stint in the highly coveted role.
So, this month, we’re combining our love of cars with our love of James Bond and taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate some of the most iconic James Bond cars from the past 50 years.
The Aston Martin DB5 is ultimately the most famous car associated with the highly popular James Bond franchise, described as the quintessential “classic” bond car. Although James Bond has driven a number of Aston Martin DB5s throughout the film’s long and illustrious career, it’s the silver DB5 from Goldfinger that most Bond fans remember. It was an instant hit amongst fans who and was the first MI6-built ride to feature bulletproof glass, rotating number plates, retractable machine guns, and a passenger-side ejector seat. Often referred to as “the most famous car in the world,” even today the standard DB5 remains a highly sought-after vehicle.
It may not be as famous as some of its gadget-equipped counterparts that preceded it, but the Sunbeam Alpine Series II will always be one of the most important cars from the James Bond films as it was the first Bond car ever to be featured in Dr.No. However, even the most devoted fan will be disappointed with its lack of gadgets, and the fact that it can only manage an unimpressive 80hp and a 13.6-second 0-60mph, puts it into the category of less memorable Bond cars despite its fame.
It was the BMW Z3 that originally launched the long-standing partnership between James Bond and BMW, but despite the Z3’s awe-inspiring credentials, there is nothing quite as cool as the Z8 featured in The World Is Not Enough. Not only did it provide 007 with some seriously cool firepower, it included a host of impressive additions such as titanium armour, fender-mounted surface-to-air missiles and six beverage cupholders. Furthermore, it had the ability to be driven remotely via a key chain, a concept that has become a reality more than a decade later in the technology within autonomous cars.
The highly popular new Aston Martin Vanquish has just been released, but the Vanquish that featured in Die Another Day might just take the crown for being one of the most awesome Vanquish cars ever built thanks to its innate ability to simply “vanish”! This British made machine came with a V12 engine, grille mounted missiles and fender mounted machine guns, making it one dangerous but totally thrilling ride.
Despite the popularity of the Aston Martin DB5, there is one car that might just pip it to the post with James Bond fans across the globe, and that is the Lotus Espirit. Even if you are not a die hard fan of the films, there are very few people who haven’t heard of the Lotus Espirit from The Spy Who Loved Me that simply turned into a submarine, with the famous scene when the car quite simply launches into the water from the beach.
To many, the wedge shaped Espirit pips the classic DB5 to the post, to be crowned the ultimate James Bond ride – but do YOU agree?