The cars James Bond
drove are nearly as famous as Agent 007 himself. While the Sunbeam Alpine from the first film is not as well-known, the Aston Martin
DB5 owes a lot of its cachet to the man from MI6, as does the BMW
Z3 that debuted in the Bond films of the 1990
s. Read on to see which Bond cars were in which movies--including that Lotus-turned-submarine.
1. Dr. No (1962): Sunbeam Alpine
When Sean Connery first donned James Bond’s tuxedo, elaborate gadgetry and sexy cars were not yet the order of the day. Case in point: his first car was a Sunbeam Alpine convertible with not one single alteration from Q’s lab. Bond’s driving skills are on display in the Alpine, however, when he drives under a construction crane and causes his pursuers to fly off a cliff. (Bonus trivia: Grace Kelly scared the living daylights out of Cary Grant in a Sunbeam Alpine in To Catch a Thief.)
2. Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965): Aston Martin DB5
After that Sunbeam, people took notice of the Silver Birch DB5 in the second 007 picture, Goldfinger. This time, Bond's car was equipped with radar, machine guns, oil slick dispensers, smoke screens, a bullet-proof windshield, plus the most iconic piece of MI6 equipment to ever come out of Q's lab, the passenger ejector seat. The DB5 was Bond's getaway vehicle at the start of Thunderball, with the addition of rear-facing water cannons.
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971): DBS
A new green DBS
replaced Bond's silver DB5 for the next two films, without any noticeable modifications. In Diamonds Are Forever, it can be seen in Q's workshop, but 007 doesn't drive it.
The Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me did something no other car has ever done: Bond drove it into the water, and it turned into a submarine. Once you see it done, it makes perfect sense, given the shape of the car. Unfortunately, Lotus has yet to make this fantasy come true.
The first of the Esprit Turbos in For Your Eyes Only didn't last very long. As one of the villain's henchmen tries to steal it, the self-destruct sequence in 007's car kicks in. Car and thief are then blown to bits. Luckily, Q's got another one in the lab, though Bond doesn't really use any gadgets while he drives the replacement Turbo through Italy in the snow.
6. The Living Daylights (1987): Aston Martin V8 VolanteAccording to Aston Martin, Bond's new Volante was Gun Metal Silver, as opposed to Silver Birch like the original DB5. The gadgetry, however, is undisputed: lasers in the hubcaps, rocket booster, skis, and a guided missile system, plus the usual bulletproof windshield and self-destruct system.
7. GoldenEye (1995): Aston Martin DB5 and BMW Z3While GoldenEye launched the BMW Z3 into the public's consciousness , the car didn't get much play in the film despite its standard-issue Q modifications, like self-destruct and radar. Bond instead drove his trusty, and by this time vintage, DB5 to race Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari 355. The DB5 was ahead of its time with a refrigerated glove box (for champagne, of course) and voice mail, but otherwise it was not heavily modified.
The 1964 DB5 makes yet another appearance in Tomorrow Never Dies, but the BMW gets more screen time. Despite having a huge, 12-cylinder engine, the 750iL is one of the most boring-looking of all James Bond's cars. Its gadgetry was top-notch, though, with missiles mounted under the sunroof, tear gas dispensers, and cable snippers that pop from the BMW logo on the hood.
9. The World Is Not Enough (1999): BMW Z8
Bond makes use of the Z8's missiles and sonic laser, which allows him to listen to conversations in nearby buildings, until the car is sawn in half by a helicopter. Not easy to do, given that Q had outfitted the car with titanium armor.
Q's lab returned to Aston Martin for Die Another Day, so it seems fitting that it would return to the ejector seat, too. Bond's car also had machine guns under the hood, rockets behind the grille, and cannons under the chassis.
There were two debuts in Casino Royale: a blond Bond, played by Daniel Craig, and the DBS. The car was without many extras, but it hardly needed them for this film.
Why mess with a good thing? The DBS is back as 007's car for Quantum of Solace. Before the movie even hits theaters, the car has already gained a measure of fame for being smashed up during filming in Italy. A second $262,000 DBS had to be brought in, which probably overjoyed the bookkeepers in Gaydon.