Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Driver's License To Kill - 50 Years of James Bond Cars

2012 Marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise. While growing up I loved to watch James Bond out-think and out-cool the bad guys while he ruined their plan yet again. Over the years, has anybody been as cool as 007? He always wins, he always gets the
girl(s). Along the way he has had more than a little help from his guns and his gadgets, but perhaps no gadget has been more iconic to the franchise than the cars that were in the films. In no real order, here is a list of a few of my favorite Bond rides.

Perhaps my most favorite 007 car is also the one that has been in the most movies. The Aston Martin DB5 is just a classically beautiful car. You can see the DB5 in the films Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall, the 23rd film due out later this month.

Who could forget the Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me. Bond used the car as a submarine, and also took out a helicopter with it!

Although not technically James Bond's car, the Toyota 2000GT convertible, which was featured in You Only Live Twice, was owned by Aki. Toyota built two convertibles especially for the film. One is displayed at Toyota's headquarters today while the location of the other is currently not known.

The BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough is memorable not only for its looks, but mainly for the way it was destroyed.

The Aston Martin DBS V12 was featured in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It looks to be one of the more elite vehicles so far in the franchise.

What are some of your favorite James Bond vehicles? Did you know that there have been many American branded cars in the long movie run of 007? Excellent trivia questions to stump your friends with. The James Bond character has been on the screen now for 50 years; who knows how many years the character of James Bond has been in existence? (A: 60 years!)