Forbes Autos Top 10 Bond Cars

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    Written by Bonnie McGeer

    James Bond is back.

    The British spy comes to theaters this month in Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig as the new 007.

    He’ll be in a 2008 Aston Martin DBS, which breaks a world record by doing seven consecutive cannon rolls in the film. (Read more about it here.) But the DBS is only the latest of Bond’s car co-stars.

    From the sprightly Sunbeam Alpine in the opening chase of 1962’s Dr. No to the visceral Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in 2002’s Die Another Day, James Bond is synonymous with cool cars

    Never easy on his co-stars, the charming British spy cavorts with as many vehicles as he does women in his 22 films, wowing audiences with spectacular chase scenes and gadgets galore.

    An AMC Hornet hatchback does an airborne pirouette as it makes a hold-your-breath jump across a broken bridge, continuing its chase on the other side. A Lotus Esprit plunges into the sea and transforms into a submarine. And a cloaking device enables the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish to vanish.

    Over the years, Bond cars like these succeeded in generating as much attention as the bombshell Bond girls.

    Here, we rank these memorable Bondmobiles according to their box-office pull, using each film’s domestic gross adjusted for ticket-price inflation, as tracked by Box Office Mojo.

    ForbesAutos Top 10 Lists
    Top 10 Bond Cars
    1. Aston Martin DB5
    2. Lotus Esprit
    3. Toyota 2000GT Convertible
    4. Bentley Mark IV
    5. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
    6. BMW 750iL
    7. Ford Mustang Mach I
    8. BMW Z8
    9. BMW Z3
    10. Sunbeam Alpine

    Honorable Mentions
    Alfa Romeo GTV 6
    Citroen 2CV
    Aston Martin DBS
    Aston Martin V8
    AMC Hornet

    Next Up: 2008 Aston Martin DBS
  2. 1. Aston Martin DB5

    Starred in:

    • Goldfinger (1964, Sean Connery) — $437.6 million*

    • Thunderball (1965, Sean Connery) — $387.9 million*

    In its Goldfinger debut, Bond’s Silver Birch DB5 outmaneuvers a deadly Mercedes-Benz posse, only to crash into a brick wall. It gets another brief star turn in Thunderball’s opening sequence. During this chase scene, where it is used as a getaway vehicle, two pipes emerge from under the bumper and shoot a torrent of water on Bond’s pursuers.

    Frequently referred to as the most famous Bond car of all, the DB5 is an icon of British automotive elegance. Its recessed headlights were modern for the time, lending a streamlined look that set the DB5 apart from its contemporaries. And its lines are timeless, from the slight forward-to-back sloping bodyline to the plunging roof offset by slender, vertical, taillamp housings.
    Stacked in a row of three, its protruding taillights are perfect for Q’s gadgets. To thwart pursuers, a taillight on one side of the car gushes oil to make the road slick, while the other side spews triple-spiked nails.

    The DB5 also gets to show off in the opening chase of GoldenEye and appears briefly in Tomorrow Never Dies. However, it is not considered the main star car in these films

    The Gadgets:

    • Ejector seat to catapult unwelcome passengers
    • Two .30-caliber Browning machine guns
    • Radar
    • Tracking screen
    • Ramming bumpers that extend electronically
    • Tire slashers, which telescope out from the wheel hubs
    • Retractable bulletproof shields in front and rear
    • An exhaust that expels smoke-screen canisters
    • Taillight on one side of the car that gushes oil
    • Taillight on other side that spews three-pointed nails
    Aston Martin DB5
    + enlarge image | view slideshow >• Front and rear lights that change in type and color to confuse nighttime pursuers
    • Revolving license plate (supposedly for every country, although in reality it accommodated only three — Great Britain, France, Switzerland)
    • Concealed armaments compartment under driver’s seat for handguns and knives
    • Telephone hidden in driver’s side door (added to display model used for Bond film promotions)
    • Water cannons (added for Thunderball)
    • Fax machine (added for GoldenEye)
    • Cellular voice-mail capabilities (added for GoldenEye)
    • Refrigerated glove compartment to store a bottle of Bollinger, Bond’s preferred champagne (added for GoldenEye)

  3. "Here, we rank these memorable Bondmobiles according to their box-office pull"

    Ha, that's the only way the Z3 is getting on any Bond car list.
  4. that's why the 750iL beat out the Z8.
  5. the Z3 is possibly the most unBond car ever. They might as well had cast an mx-5 as a bond car. with the qualification that the MX-5 is a better car than the Z3.
  6. Haha, the water cannons on the DB5 were funny. I watched Thunderball yesterday.
  7. you like the bond-month don't you?<A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
  8. I sure do. I've watched almost every movie they aired, even though I could allready dream them <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  9. They didn't even do any cool stunts or anything with the Z3.

    They really should have the T-55 from Goldeneye up there instead, even though it isn't a car and it technically wasn't Bond's.
  10. I really like the sedan from tomorrow never dies. I dont remember if it was a 5 or a 7. I like sports sedans.
  11. "6. BMW 750iL"

    It was a 7.
  12. NO.1 really couldn't have been anything other than the DB5.
  13. A E38 7 series is a sports sedan?
  14. bond month FTW, tonight Roger Moore..<A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>...also, last bond movie featured the 2000GT Conv. seriously nice car...
  15. DBS or Vanquish!
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