It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the release of the first
movie, 1962’s Dr. No
, though admittedly the fictitious secret agent is somewhat older, with writer Ian Fleming having published the first James Bond book (Casino Royale
) back in 1953.
Nevertheless, there’s still reason to celebrate, with last Friday marking Global James Bond Day, and today being the opening day for the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall
, which stars actor Daniel Craig.
While other actors like Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan did a great job of playing the role of 007, it’s the cars they drove, packed with gadgets from the legendary Q, which many remember the most.
Over those fifty years, Bond has driven everything from a heavily armed (and equally armored) Aston Martin DB5 to a Lotus Esprit that doubles as a submarine.
Here’s a list of the best 10 Bond cars.10. BMW Z3 - GoldenEye
This was the first time Bond drove a BMW, though it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Its total screen time was only about two minutes, though its appearance certainly helped boost the popularity of the Z3, especially among male buyers, something it probably needed. It was supposedly fitted with missiles and other gadgets, though all we got to see was a parachute.9. T-55M5 Russian Tank - GoldenEye
Though it’s not technically a car, who could forget the appearance of the T-55M5 tank during the epic chase scene of GoldenEye
. The tank is driven by Bond in the pursuit of a lovely female character through the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia. Of course, there aren’t any gadgets, except for one very big canon attached to the roof.8. Ford Mustang Mach 1 - Diamonds Are Forever
Though most of Bond’s cars have been from European brands, there are also a number of American cars that the British agent has driven, including the memorable Ford Mustang Mach 1 in Diamonds Are Forever
. Driving through Las Vegas, Bond manages to get the car up on two wheels in order to squeeze through a pair of buildings.7. Toyota 2000GT Convertible - You Only Live Twice
The Toyota 2000GT is a legend in itself, but seeing Bond driving on the streets of Japan in one was a sight to remember. Toyota had to make the car a convertible so that Sean Connery could fit into it, and only two of these convertible 2000GTs were ever built, strictly for use in the film. Toyota still has one in its collection, while the whereabouts of the other example is unknown.
6. Aston Martin DBS - Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace
Fans of the modern James Bond will surely love the Aston Martin DBS. The car appears briefly in the two previous films featuring Daniel Craig, and in both cases comes out destroyed. Though it doesn’t have many of the cool gadgets of other Bond cars, the svelte styling, powerful V-12 engine and Aston Martin badge gives the DBS a deserved mention on this list.
Hit the next page to see the remaining five cars on our top ten James Bond cars list.