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: 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.

Joe Victor

James Bond Cars: Diamonds are Forever

Movie 7: Diamonds are Forever (1971)

In this movie, Bond was portrayed once again by Sean Connery. There are several cars seen in this movie, including the Ford Mustang Mach 1, Ford Econoline, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Custom 500, Ford Galaxie 500, Ford LTD, Mercedes Benz 600, Triumph Stag, and Honda ATC-90 ATV.

The copper-plated Ford Galaxie 500 is where James Bond is sitting when he meets with Felix and where the CIA agents lose Tiffany.

James Bond Cars: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Movie 6: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

In this movie, James Bond played by George Lazenby, drove the Aston Martin DBS, the latest Aston Martin. This car played a big part in the ending of the film. The DB series had been named for the owner at the time, David Brown. This was the last one build under his ownership and control.

This model featured four full-sized seats, 4.0 L engine. It was meant to have a more modern, sleek look than previous models. It had a fastback style rear and squared front grille.

James Bond Cars: Goldfinger, Thunderball

Movies 3 & 4: Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965)

In Goldfinger, James Bond (Sean Connery) drove the Aston Martin DB5 (1963). It is perhaps one of the most recognizable Bond car. The DB5 came out just 3 months prior to shooting so it was a newer car than the DB Mark III featured in the novel. Many gadgets were added to this car including the ejector seat, machine guns, and smoke screen. The model car of the DB5 became the best selling toy of the year.

Joe Victor

James Bond Cars: Dr. No

There are quite a few Bond movies (24 to date). You may have a favorite Bond movie, favorite Bond portrayer, or Bond girl. Do you have a favorite Bond car? The Victor crew would like to spend a few weeks looking at the cars 007 drove through the years.

Movie 1: Dr. No (1962)
Bond drove a Sunbeam Alpine. This car was produced from 1953-1955 and 1959-1968. The car that Bond (Sean Connery) drove was a 1962 Series II. It featured an enlarged 1592 cc engine and was able to go up to 98.6 mph. This model came in 6 colors including Moonstone, Embassy Black, Carnival Red, Seacrest Green, Lake Blue, Wedgewood Blue. Bond drove the Lake Blue model. There was a total of 19,956 built.

Here in America, you can even join the Sunbeam Alpine club! (http://www.sunbeamalpine.org/)

Joe Victor