25 Best James Bond Cars Ever

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Over the years, James Bond has driven some sweet cars, but which are the best? You might assume the best James Bond cars are the supercharged Aston Martins and BMWs, but you’d be wrong. Sometimes, in car chases, Bond has had to settle for less than perfect vehicles to get the job done. From Dr. No to Spectre, he’s proven it doesn’t quite matter what vehicle he drives, just as long as he’s driving it. So, in theory, the best James Bond car is the car lucky enough to have him behind the wheel. Ready to strap in and become shaken but not stirred? Here are 25 Best James Bond Cars Ever.

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Ford Mondeo ST

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The Ford Mondeo ST is more of an basic economy car than a supercharged sports car, but in this case it looks pretty good. Bond used it in the movie Casino Royale; the model hadn’t been made yet, so Ford had to ship it in a veil of secrecy.

24

2002 Ford Thunderbird

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Speaking of Ford, the 2002 Ford Thunderbird showed up in the movie Die Another Day. It was driven by Bond girl, Halle Berry. Combining a classic automobile style with a modern finish, this Thunderbird definitely had style. Ford sold 700 special editions in commemoration of James Bond’s legacy.

23

Mini Moke

mini mokeSource: https://www.bmt216a.dk/Vehicles/BMT216Avehicle.php?vpage=193

While not exactly his coolest car, the Mini Moke has its charms and is definitely unique. It was used in three different Bond films, including Live and Let Die, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy that Loved Me. 

22

Bentley Mk VI

bently markSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Bentley_Mark_VI

It may look old fashioned, but the Bently Mk VI is a sleek and classic vehicle we’d all be fortunate to own. It showed up in the novel Moonraker when Bond decided to buy it with his gambling winnings.

21

Citroen 2CV

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Appearing in the film For Your Eyes Only, the Citroen 2CV is a classic French vehicle resembling a VW Bug. After Bond’s Espirit is destroyed, he has to take the Citreon 2CV to chase after the villains, but by the end, the car is also completely destroyed.


20

AMC Hornet

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Coming right out of the 1974 movie Man with the Golden Gun, the AMC Horney certainly harkens back to that old 70’s style. In the movie, Bond confiscates the car out of a dealership to catch up with the villain Scaramanga.

19

Panhard AML

panhardSource: http://tractors.wikia.com/wiki/Panhard_AML

The Panhard AML is a light armored car from France with a 60mm breech-loading mortar equipped. Bond used this in The Living Daylights to chase down Afghan Mujahadeen.

18

BMW Z3

BMWSource: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/articles/buyers-guide-goldeneye-bmw-z3

Driven by Pierce Brosnan’s Bond in GoldenEye, BMW Z3 is practically a classic at this point. It might have been underused in Goldeneye, but BMW made sure to promote it like crazy during the time of the movie.

17

Ford Mustang Mach 1

mustangSource: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/ford-mustang-mach-1

Featured in Diamonds are Forever, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 was used by Sean Connery’s Bond as he drove around Las Vegas. He and Bond girl Tiffany Case end up in a high-speed car chase with the police. Bond escapes by putting the Mustang on two wheels, escaping through a narrow alley.

16

Lotus Esprit S1

espiritSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Lotus_Esprit_S1_(1976)

The Lotus Espirit S1 first appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me and became notable for its ability to transform into a submarine in the movie. It came equipped with surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes, and mines.

15

Alfa Romeo GTV6

alfa romeoSource: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/alfa-romeo-gtv6

The Alfa Romeo GTV6 showed up in the 1983 movie Octopussy when Bond stole it from a woman at a telephone booth. He needed it to warn the NATO general of a Soviet plot. It featured plenty of hot 80’s trends in its design and was considered one of the “cheapest” sports cars in Europe.

14

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

aston martinSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Aston_Martin_V8_Vantage_Volante

Released in 1977 and hailed as Britain’s first supercar capable of going 170 mph, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante appeared in the 1987 film The Living Daylights. Along with a fast speed, it also had a self-destruction mechanism, laser cutter emitters, and built-in missiles in the movie version.

13

Lotus Esprit Turbo

espritSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Lotus_Turbo_Esprit_(1980)

The Lotus Espirit Turbo appeared in the 1981 film For Your Eyes Only. Due to the more realistic tone of the film, this car only had a self-destruct mechanism. Fun fact, it’s pronounced “es-pree.”

12

Toyota 2000 GT Convertible

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Bond rarely drives a Toyota. In fact, it’s the only Toyota on this list. Regardless, the Toyota 2000 GT  Convertible was a sweet ride back in 1967 and is still pretty sweet today. It was featured in the film You Only Live Twice and driven by Sean Connery after he swapped his Aston Martin.

11

Aston Martin DBS

aston martin dbs 10Source: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/aston-martin-dbs

Driven in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the Aston Martin DBS is the kind of car you think of when you think James Bond car. Fancy, sleek, and supercharged, most people would give anything to drive in this thing of beauty.

10

BMW Z8

BMWz8Source: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/BMW_Z8

James Bond drove the BMW Z8 in The World is Not Enough up until it was sliced in half by a helicopter equipped with tree-cutting saws. You could also drive this car yourself in the video game 007 Racing. 

9

Jaguar XKR

jagSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Jaguar_XKR

Released in 1998, the Jaguar XKR was featured in the movie Die Another Day as the henchmen Zao’s vehicle. It came equipped with a slew of weapons, including a mini-gun attached to the back, mortar rounds, and ramming spikes.

8

AEC Regent III

regentSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/AEC_Regent_III

Leave it to Bond to find some rather peculiar vehicles to drive, and the AEC Regent III is certainly one of them. In Live and Let Die, Bond and Solitare used this double-decker bus to escape the police. Even though they have cars and motorcycles, Bond still figures out how to lose them.

7

Aston Martin DB5

aston martin greySource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 is likely the most iconic James Bond vehicle around. It’s been used in a ton of classic Bond movies and was even brought back in style in Casino Royale and Skyfall. It comes equipped with a .30 calibre machine gun, oil emitters, and tire-shredding blades.

6

Soviet T55 Tank

T-55_skos_RBSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/T-55

Who could forget the time James Bond confiscated a Soviet T55 Tank and drove it down a busy city street in the movie Goldeneye? It’s a little unbelievable he’d use it to chase someone down, but it still looked pretty cool when he was doing it.

5

Honda ATC 90

honda bikeSource: https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2016/july/1972-honda-atc90-james-bonds-honda/

Technically, the Honda ATC 90 is a three-wheeler, not a car, but just like the tank, Bond drove it with such style; we just had to include it. This appeared in Diamonds are Forever and became a huge hit afterward. However, they were made illegal in the US because they were prone to flip over.

4

Renault 11 TXE

renault 11Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/entertainment/auto-bond/

This is less of a great car and more of a great Bond scene. Bond drives the whole Renault 11 TXE at first but by the end, he’s only driving half a car. He literally drives it around with two front wheels.

3

Aston Martin DB10

Aston_Martin_DB10_2015Source: https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2016-aston-martin-db9-gt-bond-edition-celebrates-007.html

Driven by Bond in the film Spectre, this car was specifically designed with Bond in mind and commemorates the longstanding relationship the car company and the character have had. The car can go 183 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.

2

Moonbuggy

moonbuggySource: https://www.mi6-hq.com/sections/articles/history_moonbuggy.php3

Okay, the Moonbuggy is obviously silly, but that’s what makes it so great. It perfectly exemplifies how crazy things got with James Bond. It first appeared in Diamonds Are Forever. Bond was being chased in the Nevada desert, and what better vehicle to take on rough terrain than a Moonbuggy? Well, turns out, in certain shots you can see its wheels falling off. So, perhaps it wasn’t the best choice.

1

BMW 750iL

BMW bondSource: http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/BMW_750iL

Used in Tomorrow Never Dies, the BMW 750iL is a classic BMW that you probably associate with BMW whenever you think of the car. While it’s not exactly the flashiest car, in the movie, James Bond pulls out his phone and uses it as a remote control to drive the car around.

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