James Bond, aka Agent 007, is one of the greatest action franchises in movie history. There are the despicable villains, cool and innovative gadgets, high-stakes missions, and several female characters who interact with the secret agent. There are also the stylish and memorable vehicles that Bond drives, which provide great car chases and great entertainment value.
From Aston Martins to BMWs, Bond drove some fine cars, many of them well equipped with machine guns, special weapons, ejection seats, self-destruct mechanisms, bulletproof glass, and more. However, there are vehicles out there that don’t sit well with the Spy Man.
Pierce Brosnan makes a brilliant impression in his first Bond film golden eye. While Brosnan drives an Aston Martin DB5 at the start of the film (racing with nemesis Xenia Onatopp and her Ferrari), this Bond feature marks the secret agent’s first time driving a BMW. The always hilarious Q shows Bond the BMW Z3 in the middle of the feature. The car has missiles and other cannons behind the headlights (which are unfortunately not physically shown or used in the film), as well as a parachute (which ejects just before the demonstration) and a GPS tracking system ( revealed when CIA friendly Agent Jack Wade is detected on a plane just before meeting Bond in Cuba).
The blue BMW Z3 is a beautiful car, especially when Bond drives it with female protagonist Natalya in Cuba. However, the car has very limited screen time (around two minutes or less) and the vehicle’s gadgets are never used in the film’s action or plot. This Bond car should have seen more use, but luckily the BMWs used by Brosnan later in his Bond sequels are much better.
Daniel Craig drives elegant Aston Martins in his Bond series, including the usual DB5 and DBS V12. His DB5 contains the familiar gadgets and weapons (which are used effectively in celestial fall and no time to die) and the DBS V12 is effective in some high-speed car chases (Casino Royale and Quantum of Comfort). The Aston Martin DB10 in Spectrum is a cool but incomplete vehicle used during Bond’s car chase with Blofeld’s henchman, Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista).
The car chase between Bond and Hinx is well executed, and the vehicle itself is fast and sleek (complete with flamethrower and ejection seat with parachute). Unfortunately, there’s a pistol with no ammo and no other gadgets included (as it’s a prototype Q), making the car a disappointment with limited screen time.
Sean Connery drove some of the best cars during his memorable tenure as Bond, including the Aston Martin DB5 in The golden finger and the Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No. In one of his most famous Bond images, From Russia with love, Connery’s secret agent doesn’t drive as much as his other 007 features (apart from driving a Chevrolet flower truck during a helicopter chase). This is because much of the action takes place on a train (and on a boat during the climax).
However, early in the film, Bond is shown having a romantic picnic with Sylvia Trench (who also appeared in Dr. No) and has his 3.5 liter Bentley parked to the side. Bond’s green Bentley is a nice car, but this vehicle has no special gadgets, has virtually no screen time, and is only shown when Bond answers the car phone to report to work . It would have been interesting to see Connery driving this Bentley with Sylvia or using the vehicle during a chase sequence.
Some of Roger Moore’s Bond cars are over the top and innovative, like the Lotus Esprit S1 (aka Wet Nellie) that turns into a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me. He also drove ordinarily elegant vehicles (like the red 1974 AMC Hornet in The man with the golden gun). In Just for your eyeswhen Bond’s Lotus Esprit Turbo self-destructs when bad guys try to break into the car, Bond drives the Citroën 2CV (which is owned by female protagonist Melina Havelock).
Bond and Havelock have a fun and hectic chase with the Citroën 2CV while fleeing from several henchmen. However, the yellow color of the car is unattractive, and the vehicle is also bulky and not as fast as other cars in the franchise. The bad guys also easily crash and collide with the vehicle, with Bond and Havelock barely escaping.
Sean Connery’s seventh and final Bond, Never say never (not produced by Albert R. Broccoli) is a welcome return for the original Bond actor (even if that movie isn’t quite as strong as thunder ball since both sound like the same story). Connery shows he still has the strength and charisma to play Bond, and has entertaining fights and chase scenes (especially for his age), including a horseback ride and an underwater battle.
There’s also a cool chase in which Bond chases femme fatale Fatima Blush (007 drives a motorbike while Fatima drives a Renault 5 Turbo). The Renault 5 Turbo isn’t a bad car, but it lacks quality compared to the luxury cars of other Bond films. The car’s red color and small size seem out of place for a Bond shot.
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