The next James Bond film, Spectre, was announced recently, and with it came the announcement of a special edition Aston Martin intended to be the next Bond car. A spiritual successor to the Aston Martin DB9, the new car is called the DB10, and coincidentally, only 10 examples are slated for production. If so, that would make the DB10 one of the rarest cars in the world. How will it stack up against the other famous Bond cars? We’ll have to wait until Spectre is released to find out, but until then, let’s take a look back at what we think have been 10 of the coolest James Bond cars of all time.
10. BMW 750iL
Showing up in Tomorrow Never Dies, the BMW 750iL has two doors extra than the rest of the Bond cars on this list, but it’s hard to argue with its classic lines and the spectacular V12 under the hood. Packed to the brim with weapons and gadgets, its most notable feature was that it could be driven remotely with a cell phone. Have you ever seen an Aston Martin do that?
9. Ford Mustang Mach 1
While the Shelby GT500 is probably the most famous Mustang variant of all time, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is still a very fancy car in its own right. Part of that can be attributed to its aggressive appearance, but the available 7.0 literV8 is really what seals the deal. In Diamonds Are Forever, Bond used the Mach 1 to escape the Las Vegas police, and in a move that only a secret agent could pull off, managed to get the Mustang up on two wheels to drive down a narrow alley. So cool.
8. BMW Z8
With looks penned by Henrik Fisker as part of a team led by the infamous Chris Bangle, the BMW Z8 was designed to pay homage to BMW’s legendary 507. The results are undeniably beautiful, and with just over 2,500 Z8s making their way to the U.S., these cars still sell for well into the six figures today. Unfortunately, in The World Is Not Enough, James Bond’s Z8 was cut in half and destroyed by a helicopter wielding saw blades. Surely there were other, less collectible cars that could have been sacrificed instead.
7. Jaguar XKR
With a design that’s still gorgeous even today, it should be no surprise that the Jaguar XKR made an appearance in Die Another Day, although it wasn’t driven by James Bond himself. Instead, it was used by the bad guy Zao to go after Bond in the famous ice chase scene. Painted green and equipped with a Gatling gun, it’s too bad that the XKR ended up under water because this one is way too fine to be destroyed.
6. Lotus Esprit Turbo
The Lotus Esprit Turbo might not be quite as fantastic as the Esprit S1 that appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great car in its own right. The word “turbo” is synonymous with “fast” for a reason, and in the Esprit that meant 50 more horsepower was available for going even faster than its non-turbo sibling. The Lotus Esprit Turbo that appeared in For Your Eyes Only may not have been loaded with gadgets and weapons, but if there is a cooler way to carry your skis, we haven’t heard about it.
5. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Back before Ford was borrowing Aston Martin’s looks to style its Fusion, Aston Martin took a page out of Ford’s design book to style its V8 Vantage. The Vantage may have borrowed much of its shape from an American pony car, but it’s still undeniably British. In The Living Daylights, Q sent Bond a version of the Vantage that not only packed the typical Bond missiles but also included lasers, retractable skis, and a rocket booster.
4. Lotus Esprit S1
While the Lotus Esprit Turbo has already appeared on this list, and the Esprit S1 isn’t nearly as fast, it’s hard to argue that the The Spy Who Loved Me’s Lotus wasn’t the much fancier version. After all, who needs a turbocharger when your car can turn into a submarine? That’s right, this Lotus Esprit could convert itself into a fully functional submarine, complete with torpedos for underwater combat.
3. Aston Martin DBS V12
The Aston Martin DBS may not turn into a submarine like the Lotus, but this gorgeous Aston absolutely exudes class in a way that screams Bond car. In fact, the DBS V12’s character is so perfectly suited to James Bond that it’s hard to think of a modern car that could possibly be a better fit. The DBS used in Casino Royale was light on gadgets, but it more than made up with its incredible good looks. Having to watch Bond roll it down a mountain may just have been even more painful than watching the BMW Z8 get cut in half in The World Is Not Enough.
2. Toyota 2000GT Roadster
A long time ago, before they made the Prius and back when “hybrid” had nothing to do with electric motors, Toyota made the legendary 2000GT, a car that is widely considered to be the first Japanese supercar. To make the Bond version even more special, the 2000GT Roadsters built for You Only Live Twice were the only two ever made. Every other 2000GT was sold as a hard top. While technically driven by Aki, not Bond, it’s hard to imagine more than a handful of cars ever made that could be considered more awesome.
1. Aston Martin DB5
If there’s one car in the world that’s possibly more suave than the Toyota 2000GT Roadster, it’s the Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in Goldfinger. In fact, the DB5 is up there with the Jaguar E-Type as possibly the coolest car ever made. To pick another Bond car for the number one spot would be more wrong than picking another actor over Sean Connery as the best Bond. Sean Connery is James Bond, and James Bond drives an Aston Martin DB5. It’s as simple as that.
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