5. BMW 750iL - Tomorrow Never Dies
Loaned to Bond by Q at an Avis rental station in Germany, complete with full insurance this time, the BMW flagship sedan gets the typical missile launchers and spikes, as well as some innovative goodies such as self-inflating tires and a near-impenetrable body. The best feature, however, was a remote-control function, which sees Bond exit the vehicle during a chase and send it flying out of a car park and back to the rental station.
4. Rolls-Royce Phantom III - Goldfinger
Though not technically a Bond car, who could forget the 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III of Auric Goldfinger. Finished in a bright yellow, but with a black top, the car was driven by Goldfinger’s Korean chauffeur Oddjob and featured a hood ornament built of solid gold. Auric used the vehicle to transport much of his gold in secret.
3. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish - Die Another Day
The original V12 Vanquish deserves to be on this list purely because it is a Vanquish, but it’s also memorable as its appearance marked James Bond’s return to the Aston Martin brand after almost two decades. Though some of the gadgets like the cloaking device were a bit silly, the grille-mounted rockets, pop-up machine guns and spiked tires makes the V12 Vanquish one of the best on this list.
2. Lotus Esprit S1 - The Spy Who Loved Me
The fact that this car can be converted into submarine makes the Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me a no-brainer for this list. In the movie Bond drives the car out of the Mediterranean and onto a crowded beach, then launched an anti-aircraft missiles to blow up the baddie’s helicopter.
1. Aston Martin DB5 - Goldfinger, GoldenEye, Thunderball, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall
The Aston Martin DB5 is the Bond car. It was the first to feature some secret agent gadgets and it’s also the car to feature most in the James Bond movies. There’s a lot to like about the DB5, including the car’s timeless good looks and sheer elegance. If that’s not enough, its ejection seat, twin machine guns, armor plating, rocket launchers and oil slick generators certainly add to its charm.
Now that you’ve seen our 10 best Bond cars list, sit back and enjoy this video montage of many of them in action.