James Bond is a film icon that will apparently live on forever. Sure, he changes his face every decade or so, tends to sway back and forth in tone, giving the impression that he is at the least mildly bipolar, and has probably killed and blown up more people than a small war, but man, is he cool.
James Bond films always follow the same premise – showing him, the hero, defying gravity and death, playing at some casino against a villian, charming the pants off a beautiful woman, and trying the most daring of tasks to save the day. Another big factor of every cool James Bond film is his iconic, coveted cars. The top five cars to appear in the franchise sure are a sight to behold and we’re going to count them down right here!
BMW Z8 – The World Is Not Enough
Some say that as the franchise progressed into the late 90s and early 2000s, it simply devolved into an extended commercial more than anything else. This is an accusation that holds some weight, especially given how the BMW Z8 virtually dominated 1999s The World Is Not Enough. Most are willing to overlook this, though, since the car sure is a nice one to look at.
A svelte two-seat rear wheel drive roadster, what made the Z8 stand apart was its retro fitted style, making it a callback to earlier BMW models, and shunning the more futuristic designs of the time. The Z8 was produced up until 2003, selling well, thanks in no small part to its starring role in the movie.
Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger
Perhaps the most well-known and iconic vehicle in the entire franchise, the Aston Martin DB5, from Goldfinger, lives on in infamy. Although created in 1964, even today the incredibly sleek and stylish design manages to hold up, proving that a truly well designed car never goes out of fashion. In fact, the car was seen again in 1995’s Goldeneye, racing alongside a far more contemporary Ferrari F355 Spider.
Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me
Some say that the Lotus Espirit S1 hasn’t aged especially well, given that it has a touch of the 1970s “wedge nose” stamped all over it. This may be true, but what made the specific vehicle in The Spy Who Loved Me truly outstanding is that it was, in fact, transformed into a genuine, working submarine. No joke. The car seen underwater in the film is not a special effect. Incredible. What’s more incredible is that now, none other than Elon Musk owns the model from the movie!
Aston Martin V8 Vantage – The Living Daylights
Another Aston Martin, another impressive car, and another Bond film that was more of an extended commercial than anything else. The V8 Vantage was outstanding for a number of reasons, not in the least because it was able to out sprint a Ferrari Daytona. So yes, it wasn’t just a pretty face. Released in 1987, the V8 Vantage was never as iconic as the DB5, but would likely still be welcome in the garage of just about anyone.
Tuk-Tuk – Octopussy
It’s in the franchise, gets driven by the hero, and is involved in honestly one of the most entertaining chase sequences of the 80s. So, it’s a Bond car. The Bajaj RE may not have the visual appeal of some others on this list, but is perhaps the one that the vast majority of us can actually afford! So guess what, you really can live out your fantasies of driving like a super spy. You’re welcome.