(Comments Competition) If fast & fancy cars with gadgets included are your scene then you must be a fan of the Bond cars. You don’t need to be on Her Majesty’s Secret Service to appreciate the brawn and beauty of Bond’s favourite vehicles. Find out which of them made it into our list of the top 10 Bond cars of all time.
The job of a famous British spy can’t be easy. Jetting around the world saving the free world from all manner of villains and evil doers must be stressful. To make the job somewhat more bearable he would at least need to be outfitted with the latest gadgets, accompanied by some of the most beautiful women and of course, be driving some of the best vehicles possible.
It’s this last point we are most interested in at the moment as we finish looking at the recent list created at AskMen.com – what are the top 10 Bond cars of all time?
Numbers 5 through to 1 are listed below. Enjoy the cars and be sure to leave a comment to stand a chance of winning 5 FREE Euromillions vouchers.
5. Toyota 2000GT – You Only Live Twice
A very limited production run has seen this vehicle become highly sought-after for collectors. A special convertible version of the 2000GT was created specifically for the movie because, at 188 cms, Bond actor Sean Connery was too tall to fit into the original hard top version.
Apart from never having gone in to actual production, the Toyota 2000GT convertible is notable for another reason. It is one of the few Bond cars that he never actually drove himself, being chauffeured in the vehicle by Bond girl Aki.
Aki behind the wheel…
4. Aston Martin Vanquish – Die Another Day
The only non-BMW driven by Brosnan’s Bond! Apart from being a stunning machine in its own right, the MI6 version sports some state-of-the-art spy gadgets:
- Machine guns on the fender
- Grill-mounted heat-seeking missiles
- The obligatory ejector seat (for getting rid of clingy Bond girls)
- A cloaking device that renders the vehicle invisible
The ‘Die Another Day’ Vanquish was auctioned off in 2006 for the very respectable sum of £144,500.00.
3. Lotus Esprit – The Spy Who Loved Me
The Lotus Esprit is perhaps best known as the Bond car that ‘turned into a submarine’. Bond is being chased along a short pier by evil henchmen; upon reaching the end of the pier he continues his escape underwater. The wheels fold in and fins pop out.
Submarine-mode featured some handy add-ons:
- Reinforcing bars across the windows
- A periscope
Bond gets that sinking feeling…
2. AMC Hornet X Hatchback –The Man With The Golden Gun
One of the few non-European cars to make it as a Bond car! The Hornet features in what is often considered one of the best chase scenes of all the Bond films. Bond commandeers the Hornet from a Bangkok showroom for an epic chase finishing with an unbelievable ‘corkscrew’ jump over a broken bridge, a stunt so spectacular that the Guinness Book Of World Records listed it as the “third among the top ten James Bond film stunts.”
The first ‘astro-spiral’ to be used in a movie…
1 Aston Martin DBS – Casino Royale
With a 5.9 Litre 48-valve V12 engine producing 510 horsepower the Aston Martin DBS is the perfect combination of beauty and brawn.
In keeping with Daniel Craig’s current, ‘no-nonsense’ incarnation of Bond the DBS sports no extra frills like laser beams, missiles or ejector seats. It’s just straight forward driving pleasure (and power) in this Bond car, voted number 1 by the good people at AskMen.com.
Did Your Favourite Bond Car Make The List
The Bond lifestyle actually seems to resonate quite well with the lotto lifestyle. There is lots of travelling to exotic locations, along with the presence of beautiful people and many exciting adventures. Then of course there are the luxury vehicles!
The only thing that seems to be missing is the danger of being shot at along with the pressure of constantly having to save the world. It sounds like a good deal to us!
Which Bond car is your favourite of all time? If you could take home any Bond car which one would it be? Do you already own a Bond car, which one is it (model kits don’t count)?
Leave a comment below and tell us all about it. The top comments will win 5 FREE Euromillions vouchers. Comments close Friday 9th November.
If you need some further inspiration please consult our previous news item or these comprehensive lists of Bond cars from Wikipedia and MSN Motoring.
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