The one thing I really love about James Bond movies is the selection of cars. They pick some of the best cars on the planet, put them all in an action sequence and create a visual treat without faking it. While we appreciate all the hard work that goes behind making these great movies, here we are going to talk about cars. In all these Bond movies, some really nice cars were featured. Some of them were really loved by the fans, some not so much. We list down here some of the cars that we loved most.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series III
This is one of our very favourites from this list for reasons hard to explain. It was featured in the 1987 movie called The Living Daylights. This was the time when we saw major changes in the automobile industry. The advancements allowed for more freedom to the designers and create some beautiful cars like this. The movie features two different versions of this V8 powered beauty. In the beginning we see the convertible Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante. This was a preproduction version used for the movie. Later in the movie, the saloon version of the V8 Vantage is seen which a hardtop is.
Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin’s have received a lot of love due to the Bond movies. In the 1964 film Goldfinger, we saw the entry of this beautiful silver Aston Martin DB5. The car is a beauty and the movie showcases lot of the typical Bond gadgets fitted to this car. It is featured in other Bond movies as well. It appeared for the second time in Thunderball and then later Pierce Brosnan is seen driving it to casino in GoldenEye. It is also seen in Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale. The DB5 was also seen in the recent Bond movie Skyfall in which Bond chooses this car to avoid using a modern car.
It is another great looking car that was featured in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Just a couple of decades back, this was the kind of car that would go on the walls of petrol head teenagers. It was designed by the famous Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro. Lotus managed to impress the producer with the design of this car and it prepared the cars quickly for the shoot which took place in Sardinia. In the movie, the car takes a dive into the water and turns into a submarine. They put in lot of efforts to make this car turn into a submarine for the shot. A lot of replicas and mock ups were used to create that scene. In For Your Eyes Only, we saw the use of Lotus Esprit Turbo which is another great car.
In the 1974 movie The Man With The Golden Gun, this car made quite an appearance. In the movie, James Bond steals the car from a dealership to chase the villain. The Hornet performs a 360 degree corkscrew jump across a water body. Obviously the stunt was performed in a heavily modified car by a British stuntman. The details of this stunt were calculated in the aeronautical laboratory at the Cornell University. This stunt is described by the Guinness Book as the first astro spiral jump used in a movie.
Alfa Romeo GTV6
It has been made by the Italians, obviously it is a pretty. This car was featured in the 1983 movie Octopussy. The car was stolen by bond from a German woman and is featured in a high speed chase. Huge bumpers and black trims were the ‘in’ thing back in the 80s and this car makes use of them. This character makes it different from its predecessor Alfetta GT. It boasts of a stylish front end with a strong waistline carried all the way backwards. The top curves into a nice back giving it a unique styling. The relatively low price tag coupled with nice styling and decent performance made this quite a popular car back then. The Sports coupe is one of the most popular Alfa Romeo car ever made which was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, one of the most popular car designers of all time, the same individual who designed Lotus Esprit which was seen in The Spy Who Loved Me.