James Bond Cars: Spectre

Movie 22: Spectre (2015)
This is the last movie in our series as this is the latest Bond film starring Daniel Craig. There are rumors that this was his last movie as Agent 007. There is much speculation as to who will be next to replace him.

In the aftermath of Silva’s attack on MI6, Bond comes face-to-face with SPECTRE, a sinister organization. M fights political pressures that threaten the future of MI6. Bond goes from Mexico to Austria to Morocco as he confronts his enemies.

With all these countries Bond travels to, we are bound to see a few cars. Bond takes off with an Aston Martin DB10 intended for 009 from the lab as his Aston Martin DB5 is being repaired. M’s Jaguar XJ8 is destroyed. Spectre henchmen are seen in a Land Rover Defender Bigfoot. During some other scenes we see a Mercedes S-Class, and Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. One of the fun scenes in the movie is when Bond “drives” a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander plane. He loses it’s wings in the trees and has to “drive” it on the ground.

James Bond Cars: Quantum of Solace

Movie 20: Quantum of Solace (2008)
Once again, we find Bond is played by Daniel Craig. Bond and M interrogate Mr. White (from the previous Bond film) about his organization, Quantum. M’s bodyguard Mitchell is a double agent who attacks M which enables Mr. White to escape. Bond then traces his organization to Haiti and connects him to Dominic Greene, an environmentalist.

Bond then discovers a plot between Green and Medrano, an exiled Bolivian general, for Medrano to gain power in Bolivia allowing Quantum to have a monopoly to run the country’s water supply. He finds Quantum damming fresh water in order to up the price. Bond attacks them at their hotel and leaves Greene stranded in the desert. Bond finds Vesper Lynd’s (from Casino Royal) former lover and member of Quantum.

We find Bond chased by two Alfa Romeo 159s in Italy. He manages to escape in his Aston Martin DBS V12. A Ford Edge is driven by Dominic Greene and later by James. Mr. White and Dominic Greene are also seen driving their Jaguar XJ8s. Bond briefly drives a Range Rover Sport in London and another in Bolivia.

James Bond Cars: Casino Royale

Movie 19: Casino Royale (2006)
In this next film starring Daniel Craig as 007, Bond investigates the funding of terrorism. He kills a bomb-maker and takes his cell. He finds a text that is traced to Alex Dimitrios and Le Chiffre. Bond foils LeChiffre’s plan to destroy the Skyfleet airliner prototype. Le Chiffre finds himself in a poker game at the Casino Royale to try to recoup his loss but Bond is there to beat him aided by HM Treasury member Vesper Lynd.

Lynd and Bond are both kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game. Lynd is ransomed and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is killed by a liaison between Le Chiffre and his clients. The winnings were never repaid to the Treasury so Bond establishes that Lynd was a double agent. As he goes after her he is attacked and the liaison takes the money. Bond eventually finds and captures White.

Now for the cars: once again we see the Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin DBS V12, Bond damages a 1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre in a car chase with Le Chiffre driving a Citroen Traction Avant. Miami Police are seen driving a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and Bond also drives a Ford Mondeo 2.5 Litre ST. Le Chiffre and Mr. White are both seen driving their Jaguar XJ8s.

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James Bond Cars: Die Another Day

Movie 18: Die Another Day (2002)
In this last film featuring Pierce Brosnan as Bond, we find him investigating North Korean Colonel Tan-Sun Moon. Moon is illegally trading African conflict diamonds for weapons. Moon is killed and Bond is captured and tortured for over a year. On his return, Bond is suspended but decides to continue his mission.

Bond finds that billionare Gustav Graves has a mirror satellite called Icarus that can focus solar energy on a small area. Moon’s plan had been to use Icarus to cut a path through the Korean DMZ to allow North Korea to invade South Korea forcing the two countries to reunite.

In Die Another Day, Bond drives an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish equipped with front rockets between machine guns, target seeking shotguns on the hood, spike-producing tires, passenger ejector seat. It was able to right itself when flipped upside-down, and a cloaking device. Bond was also seen driving a Ford Fairlane in Cuba. Another car seen is a Jaguar XKR.

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James Bond Cars: Tomorrow Never Dies

Movie 16: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Tomorrow Never Dies is Pierce Brosnan’s sophmore outing as 007. Bond investigates the Chinese waters for the sinking of a British warship, the theft of one of the cruise missiles, and the downing of a Chinese fighter plane. He works together with Wai Lin, a Chinese agent who is also investigating the incidents.

They find that media mogul Elliot Carver purchased a GPS encoder on the black market and used it to throw the British ship off-course into the Chinese waters to incite a war for media ratings. Bond and Wai Lin find the stealth ship, board it and prevent a cruise missile from being fired at Beijing. They fire at the ship to sink it and avert the war between Britain and China.

Now for the cars:
Wai Lin owns a Jeep Cherokee XJ. There’s another small appearance of Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. Q loans a BMW 750iL to Bond, outfitted with missile launchers, caltrops (weapon made up of two or more sharp nails – useful for taking out tires), self-inflating tires, and a very strong body. The British Government is seen with a Daimler Limousine, and Vauxhall Omega. Elliot Carver’s henchmen drive a Ford Scorpio, Opel Senator, and a couple Mercedes W126s. Elliot Carver himself drives a Range Rover P38A.

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James Bond Cars: GoldenEye

Movie 15: GoldenEye (1995)
In this movie, we see Pierce Brosnan’s debut as 007. Together with 006, they infiltrate a Soviet chemical weapons facility to plant explosive charges. Bond escapes the facility as it explodes but 006, Trevelyan, is shot and does not.

Nine years later it is found out that Trevelyan faked his death and is the head of Janus, a criminal organization. Janus steals the prototype Eurocopter Tiger helicopter that can withstand an electromagnetic pulse to in turn steal the control disk for the dual GoldenEye satellite weapons. Trevelyan later plans to steal money from the Bank of England and then erase all their financial records with the GoldenEye to hide the theft and destroy Britain’s economy.

In this movie Bond drives the Aston Martin DB5 once again, but it is outfitted with a teleprinter disguised as a CD player, and a champagne cooler. The British Secret Police are seen driving a BMW Z3 equipped with Stinger missiles and other arms, which aren’t seen except for a parachute.

James Bond Cars: The Living Daylights

Movie 15: The Living Daylights (1987)

The Living Daylights is Timothy Dalton’s first time (of two) as James Bond. In this movie, Bond aids the defection of a KGB officer. He helps General Georgi Koskov by wounding a female KGB sniper (a cellist). Koskov is abducted from the safehouse and Bond is ordered to kill General Leonid Pushkin, head of KGB. As head of the KGB, Pushkin sought to revive the old policy translated to “death to spies”.

Bond finds that Kosov’s defection was faked and uncovers his scheme to embezzle KGB funds to purchase diamonds and then in turn purchase drugs. Bond destroys the drugs and kills Koskov’s partner.

Bond drives an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante. This convertible is “winterized” with a hardtop. It is customized with extending side outriggers, spike-producing tires, missiles, lasers, a smart radio, and rocket propulsion. It can also self-destruct.

James Bond Cars: For Your Eyes Only

Movie 12: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

In For Your Eyes Only, Bond, played by Roger Moore, must find out who hired a killer to murder a marine archaeologist, Sir Timothy Havelock and retrieve the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator communication system from the British spy boat it was on before the Russians find it. Havelock’s daughter Melina kills Gonzalez, the assassin, and they escape together.

The automobiles in this movie are Citroen 2CV, Ford Consul, Lotus Esprit Turbo, Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II.

Bond and Melina escape in her Citroen 2CV while being chased by evil henchmen.

James Bond Cars: Moonraker

Movie 11: Moonraker (1979)

Roger Moore once again stars as Bond. In this adventure, Bond is ordered to investigate a Drax Industries Moonraker space shuttle on loan that was hijacked. He is led to Venice where he finds that Drax is manufacturing a nerve gas deadly to humans. One of Drax’s scientists, Dr. Holly Goodhead, is actually a CIA agent.

The vehicles seen throughout this film are Alfa Romeo Supercharged Straight-8, AMC Concord, Jeep Wagoneer, a 1933 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, 1953 Bentley Mark VI, Mercedes-Benz 300S, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, and the MP Lafer Cabriolet.

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James Bond Cars: The Spy Who Loved Me

Movie 10: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
This 10th Bond movie brings us Roger Moore as 007 where he is to track the disappearance of ballistic missile submarines.

As for the vehicles there are a few seen throughout the film. Jaws drives a Leyland Sherpa van through the dessert as he poses as a telephone engineer. Jaws and his henchmen are also seen in a Ford Taunus 2.3 Ghia (not to be confused with Taurus). James rents a Ford Thunderbird to get from Toronto to Washington in this film.

The main car we want to talk about is the Lotus Esprit S1. This was delivered to Bond by Q to Sardinia. It had the capability of turning into a submarine equipped with anti-aircraft missiles. The customized Lotus seen in this film, affectionately nicknamed Wet Nellie, was auctioned in 2013 for $865,000. You can find an original Lotus Esprit on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England.

See it transform with a clip from the movie and where it is today: