The next sequence of the James Bond movie, Spectre, was announced recently…
…and with it also came the announcement of a special edition Aston Martin planned to be the next James Bond car.
As a successor to the Aston Martin DB9, the new car is named the DB10, and by coincidence, just 10 examples of this car are planned for production.
If that is true, DB10 will be one of the rarest cars in the world.
How will it stack up against the other famous 007 cars?
We should wait until the Spectre is released to find out, but until then, let’s take a look back at what we think have been 10 of the coolest James Bond cars of all time:
10. BMW 750iL
Participating in Tomorrow Never Dies, the BMW 750iL has 2 doors more than the rest of the 007 cars on this list, but it is hard to argue with its classic lines and the fantastic V12 under the hood.
Filled to the top with weapons and gadgets, its most significant function was that it could be driven remotely with a cell phone.
And the question is:
Have you ever seen an Aston Martin do that?
9. Ford Mustang Mach 1
Although the Shelby GT500 is likely the most famous Mustang variant of all time…
…the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is still a very fancy car in its own right.
Part of that can be credited to their aggressive appearance, but also the 7.0 liter V8 under the hood is really what seals the deal.
Mach 1 was used in Diamonds Are Forever, where Bond used it to escape the Las Vegas police, and in a move that only a secret agent could pull off:
007 managed to get the Mustang up on two wheels to drive down a narrow alley.
It was so cool.
8. BMW Z8
Having the look penned by Henrik Fisker included in a team led by the infamous Chris Bangle…
the BMW Z8 was created to pay honor to BMW’s legendary 507.
Without a question the results are beautiful, and with just over 2,500 Z8s making their way to the U.S., these cars still sell for well into the six figures today.
Sadly, in The World Is Not Enough, James Bond’s Z8 was sliced in half and ruined from a helicopter wielding saw blades.
Definitely there are some other, maybe less collectible cars that could have been sacrificed rather than Z8.
7. Jaguar XKR
Instead, it had been driven by the bad guy Zao to go after Bond in the well-known ice chase scene.
Colored green and geared up with a Gatling gun…
…it is too bad that the XKR ended up being under water because this model is way too fine to be destroyed.
6. Lotus Esprit Turbo
The Lotus Esprit Turbo may not be really as fantastic as the Esprit S1 that made an appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me, but that does not mean it is not a great car in its own right.
The word “turbo” is associated with “fast” for a good reason, and in the Esprit that meant 50 more horsepower…
…and it was available for going even faster than its non-turbo sibling.
In For Your Eyes Only the Lotus Esprit Turbo maybe wasn’t loaded with gadgets and weapons:
but if there is a cooler way to carry your skis, tell us because we still haven’t heard about it.
5. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Time ago, before Ford was borrowing Aston Martin’s looks to style its Fusion, Aston Martin used a page out of Ford’s design book in order to style its V8 Vantage.
The Vantage may have borrowed much of its shape from an American pony car, but it is still without a doubt British.
In The Living Daylights, Q provided Bond with a version of the Vantage that not only was loaded with the typical Bond missiles, but also included retractable skis, lasers, and a rocket booster.
4. Lotus Esprit S1
While the Lotus Esprit Turbo has previously appeared on this list as turbo-fast, the Esprit S1 is not nearly as fast.
Still, it is difficult to argue that the The Spy Who Loved Me’s Lotus wasn’t the much fancier version.
In the end, who needs a turbocharger when your car can turn into a submarine?
That is right, this Lotus Esprit could convert itself into a fully functional submarine, complete with torpedos for underwater combat.
3. Aston Martin DBS V12
The Aston Martin DBS will not turn into a submarine like the Lotus…
…but this stunning Aston definitely delivers class in a way that screams ‘James Bond car’.
In fact, the DBS V12’s character is so perfectly suited to James Bond that it is difficult to think about a modern car which could possibly be a better fit.
The DBS was used in Casino Royale and it was light on gadgets, but it more than made up with its incredible good looks.
Having to watch Bond roll it down a mountain may just have been even more painful than watching the BMW Z8 get cut in half in The World Is Not Enough.
2. Toyota 2000GT Roadster
Long ago, before Toyota made the Prius and back when “hybrid” had nothing to do with electric motors:
they made the legendary 2000GT, a car that is highly thought to be the very first Japanese supercar.
In order to make the Bond version even more unique, the 2000GT Roadsters created for You Only Live Twice were the only two ever made.
Any other 2000GT ended up being sold as a hardtop.
Although technically it was driven by Aki, not Bond, it is hard to imagine more than a handful of cars ever made that could be viewed as more awesome.
1. Aston Martin DB5
If you can find one car in the world which is potentially more ‘suave for 007′ than the Toyota 2000GT Roadster…
…it will be the Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in Goldfinger.
Actually, the DB5 is up there with the Jaguar E-Type as possibly the coolest car that was ever made.
To pick another James Bond car for the number one spot would be pretty much the same as picking another actor over Sean Connery as the best Bond.
Sean Connery is James Bond, and James Bond drives an Aston Martin DB5.
It cannot be simpler.
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