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The history of James Bond’s vehicles

The history of James Bond’s vehicles

Posted On 17 Sep, 2014

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Everyone has a favourite James Bond car, but there’s an astonishing variety out there as you trace back the history.

In 1962, Bond was driving a Sunbeam Alpine. Back then, the car had no alterations by the Q branch and was essentially a normal vehicle.

By 1967, this had evolved into a Toyota G2 2000. And by ‘68, Bond was cruising around in an Aston Martin DBS, among the most legendary features of the spy’s garage.

In ’71, Bond could be spotted motoring in a Chevrolet Impala Convertible, and in ’77 a Lotus Esprit S1 cropped up in The Spy Who Loved Me.

By this stage, Q branch alterations were almost at their zenith, though they continued to advance through the years. The S1 possessed a fully functional underwater suite and converted into a submarine upon entry into the water.

Fast forward to 1999 and Bond was out and about in a BMW Z8. This little number featured a rocket firing system hidden in the side vents. Unfortunately the car itself, to the misery of Q, was destroyed after being cut in half.

In 2006, with a sense of circularity, another Aston Martin, the DBS V12, became a part of Bond’s stable, appearing in Casino Royale. This vehicle was personally donated to Bond by M, and it contained a medical station with poison analysis kit and defibrillator, which went no small way towards saving Bond’s life.

He was back in a DBS in Quantum of Solace, though this car too was wrecked after a chase. He was seen hopping into a DB5 in Skyfall which was the sixth time the DB5 had been spotted in a Bond adventure.

A little more mundanely, the Land Rover Defender also appeared in Skyfall, having made a previous appearance in The Living Daylights before tumbling off a cliff face. Cars like Renault 11 too made entrances in films like A View to Kill.

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