Die Another Day (2002): 04:58
The Living Daylights (1987): 12:18
Goldfinger (1964): 17:23
Spectre (2015): 05:04
Goldeneye (1995): 25:48
Among the countless examples of iconic imagery sprinkled throughout the James Bond saga, there are vodka martinis, perfectly tailored suits, the Walther PPK pistol, numerous watches, and countless gadgets.
But perhaps none is more memorable than 007’s choice of transportation. Everything from Bentleys to BMWs has transported the MI6 agent over the course of his twenty-six films, with even more making appearances in the original novels.
Bond and his adversaries have been driving a wide array of vehicles, ranging from beautiful Aston Martins to weaponized submarines to combat aircraft. Some, though, have embraced the spectacular and/or oft-campy gadgetry/tech nature of the spy films, and it is those that we’d like to focus on here. The above compilation features six of our favorite Bond vehicles.
Lotus Esprit S1 — The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Nicknamed “Wet Nellie,” the vehicle is a half-car, half-submarine, with the ability to transform into an aquatic mode at the push of a button. After a long post-filming promotional tour, the vehicle was eventually purchased by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has owned the car since 2013.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish — Die Another Day (2002)
The modern Aston Martin design language that we still see today made its Bond film debut in 2002’s Die Another Day. The ‘invisible’ stealth car demonstrates its combative capabilities during a car chase on ice with two target-seeking shotguns, rockets, a passenger ejector seat, lasers, oddly convenient retractable tire spikes, and a reinforced chassis.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante — The Living Daylights (1987)
The Living Daylights saw Bond and Aston Martin reunited for the first time since 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. With the aid of a rocket booster, the Czech police attempting to apprehend Bond didn’t stand a chance.
Aston Martin DB10 — Spectre (2015)
The Aston Martin DB10 is as gorgeous as it is excellent, its streamlined body is featured in a wild car chase on the cobbled streets of Rome in Spectre.
Russian T-54/55 tank — GoldenEye (1995)
Not really a “car”, but the scene in Goldeneye with the Russian T-54/55 tank that Bond drove through St. Petersburg deserves a place on this list if not entirely for its destructive capability.
Aston Martin DB5 — Goldfinger (1964) (and multiple films)
The Aston Martin DB5 is undoubtedly the most iconic vehicle in the 007 saga, featured in Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Casino Royale (2006), and Skyfall (2012).
Here is the full line-up of cars in the James Bond Car Pack:
• Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No (1962)
• Bentley Mark IV in From Russia with Love (1963)
• Toyota 2000 GT in You Only Live Twice (1967)
• Aston Martin DBS in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
• Mercury Cougar in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
• Ford Mustang in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
• AMC Hornet in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
• Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
• Lotus Esprit Turbo in For Your Eyes Only (1981)
• Citroën 2CV in For Your Eyes Only (1981)
• Bajaj RE in Octopussy (1983)
• Renault Taxi in A View to Kill (1985)
• Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II in A View to Kill (1985)
• Aston Martin V8 in The Living Daylights (1987)
• Aston Martin DB5 in Goldeneye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
• BMW Z3 in Goldeneye (1995)
• BMW 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
• BMW Z8 in The World is Not Enough (1999)
• Ford Fairlane in Die Another Day (2002)
• Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day (2002) and Quantum of Solace (2008)
• Aston Martin DBS V12 in Casino Royale (2008)
• Aston Martin DB5 in Multiple films ((Casino Royale (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015))
• Ford Edge in Quantum of Solace (2008)
• Aston Martin DB10 in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015)