The Bond movies have always had three or four staple ingredients that James simply can not operate without, exotic locations, weird and wonderful gadgets, at least a couple of half naked girls, and the cars.
Each of the Bond’s has been linked in the mind of fans with one dream car, even if they drove several different vehicles during their reign as Bond. Here is a list of all of the movies and Mr Bond’s memorable transportation in each movie.
These are only the “official” Bond movies that were put out by the late “Cubby” Broccoli’s EON productions. So movies like David Nivens Casino Royale are not included.
First up is Dr No 1962, and for his first outing as Bond Sean Connery was given a Sunbeam Alpine which apparently was author Ian Fleming’s favourite car.
Next was From Russia With Love (1963) in which Bond drives a Derby Bentley convertible, but perhaps more interestingly for 1963, not only uses a pager but also a car phone.
Goldfinger followed in 1964 and Thunderball in 1965. Most guys over 40 can stop reading here because for that generation there is only one Bond and there is only one Bond car the Aston Martin DB5 fitted with all those boyhood dream gadgets, the radar, the essential rear bulletproof shield, the matching machine guns and of course the ejector seat.
1967 brought us You Only Live Twice and the Toyota 2000 GT
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 gave us a new Bond in the shape of George Lazenby and at least the return of an Aston Martin with the DBS V8. 5340cc fuel injected V8 version.
Diamonds Are Forever was next in 1971 and the return of Connery after (luckily for the 007 franchise) Batman, Adam West turned down the role. The car used by Bond was Ford Galaxie, but no one remembers that. The car that is remembered is the Ford Mustang Mach 1 that 007 drives on two wheels.
Live and Let Die 1973 and a Chevy Impala was the first, and beat up old car, for Roger Moore. This was the first time when a car had not been a main feature of a Bond movie. But it did have one great scene involving a speedboat and a car.
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 and who can forget the AMC Hornet hatchback special perform a spectacular spiral jump across a river.
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 and a car takes a leading role again with the Lotus Esprit that not only had gadgets but could travel under water.
Moonraker 1979 did not feature any cars
For Your Eyes Only 1981 featured an unusual Bond vehicle, a bright yellow Citroën 2 CV, although it had been modified up to a massive 50bhp. He also got behind the wheel of not one but two Lotus Esprit Turbo’s
Octopussy 1983 saw 007 at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo GTV6
A View to a Kill 1985 featured this great scene with Bond driving half a Renault 11
The Living Daylights 1987 and Aston martin is back with the Volante V8 and a pair of skis and Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill 1989 was Dalton’s second attempt at the role and a new manufacturer with the Maserati Biturbo 425
GoldenEye 1995 Pierce Brosnan steps up to the plate for the first time. Also for the first time we see real “product placement” with an emphasis on the BMW Z3 Roadster
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 and the BMW 750iL is the car of choice
Two years later The World is Not Enough 1999 and another German machine BMW Z8
Die Another Day 2002 and back to Aston Martin with the Vanquish, 460bhp V12
Casino Royale 2006 and another Bond Daniel Craig takes an Aston Martin DBS V12 for a spin as well as a DB5.
The upcoming Quantum of Solace 2008 features the Aston Martin DBS V12
Catch a brief look in the trailer