James Bond is not only famous for his license to kill, being a womaniser and his love of shaken not stirred martinis, but also his collection of modern and classic cars. He’s been known to drive 23 cars over the decades, from the much-loved Aston Martin DB5 to the famous car-chasing Ford Mustang Mach 1.
With Spectre due to be released on 26th October this year, Ladbrokes has taken a look into Bond’s car collection, trying to decipher which is his greatest ever car. Take a look at the four finalists and see which one ticks all the boxes for you…
The car: Aston Martin DB5
The films: Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall
Fun fact: Gadgetising the car cost £25,000 – more than five times the price of the car itself.
Its most iconic moment: This car is probably the most iconic Bond car, full stop. Its introduction in Goldfinger, where Q revealed all of its gadgets to Bond, is as usual one the films highlights – you just had to wait and see how and when they’d be used.
The car: Lotus Esprit S1
The film: The Spy Who Loved Me
Fun fact: The car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who called this his first ‘folded paper’ creation.
Its most iconic moment: When it turned into a submarine in the ultimate car chase. Bond finishes this scene off comically by throwing a fish out of the window when it surfaces on a busy beach.
The car: Sunbeam Alpine Series II
The film: Dr. No
Fun fact: This car was rented in Jamaica for filming.
Its most iconic moment: This was Bond’s first car and, of course, his first car chase. He avoids The Three Blind Mice in a hearse by driving under a crane that’s blocking the road.
The car: Citroen 2CV
The film: For Your Eyes Only
Fun fact: So it could keep ahead of the Peugeot 504s that were chasing it, the car was fitted with a more powerful engine than the Citroen would normally have.
Its most iconic moment: The iconic moment was simply Bond driving a bright yellow Citroen. Have you heard that Daniel Craig may also be driving a yellow Fiat 500 in Spectre? We can’t wait.
James Bond has had many a great car throughout cinematic history. From the above selection, you’re probably thinking that the overall winner is the Aston Martin DB5 – it’s been featured in the most films and is the car that everyone thinks of when you hear ‘Bond’. But for us it’s all about the diversity of his vehicles and choosing just one is an impossible task, surely?