What car you only live twice?
List of All James Bond Cars
The complete list of all James Bond cars in chronological order, from over 50 years of the James Bond series. From the humble Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No through to the beautiful Aston Martin DB5 in Skyfall, learn about all the iconic Bond cars in one place.
#1 Sunbeam Alpine
|Model:||Series II (1962)|
|Bond Movie:||Dr. No (1962)|
James Bond’s first car was the modest Sunbeam Alpine Series II, in lake blue. After being invited to the mountain apartment of enemy spy Miss Taro, Bond drove the Sunbeam up the dusty road and into a trap. He was soon chased by a large hearse that tried to ram him off the edge of the sharp cliff. After some tense corners, a crane blocked the road ahead. Bond managed to pass underneath, but the hearse was too tall and skidded off the mountain to a fiery death.
Like many Bond cars to follow, the Sunbeam was English made, manufactured just outside of Coventry in the West Midlands. The iconic car had also featured in the novel Dr. No, where it was the personal car of John Strangways, head of Station J, Jamaica. For the film, it was rumoured that the producers had borrowed the Sunbeam from a local resident to avoid the cost of importing their own.
#2 Bentley Mark IV
|Model:||Drophead 3.5 Litre (1935)|
|Bond Movie:||From Russia With Love (1963)|
Bond’s car in From Russia with Love is an unusual one for the series, as the Bentley Mark IV was almost 30 years old at the time of the film’s release. In several of the Ian Fleming novels, Bond had driven a Bentley 4.5 litre, which predated the Mark IV by two years. This was likely the inspiration behind its inclusion in the film.
Early on in From Russia with Love, Bond is shown picnicking alongside a river with Sylvia Trench. They are about to enjoy some Taittinger champagne when Bond is paged by HQ. He goes to the Bentley and calls Miss Moneypenny from the car phone. Before heading back to MI6, he brings up the convertible roof for some private time with Miss Trench.
#3 Aston Martin DB5
|Bond Movie:||Goldfinger (1964)|
The Aston Martin DB5 is the quintessential James Bond car, and one of the most recognizable and famous cars in cinema history. In the novel, Bond had driven a DB Mark III, but the producers chose to use the newer DB5, which had been released only 3 months prior to shooting. The special effects team added a large array of gadgets to the car, including an ejector seat, machine guns, a smoke screen, and tyre slashers.
The tie-in Corgi model of the DB5 became the best selling toy of the year, and the producers brought the car back for the next film, Thunderball. Since then a DB5 has also featured in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.
#4 Toyota 2000 GT
|Model:||2000 GT (1967)|
|Bond Movie:||You Only Live Twice (1967)|
Known as Japan’s first supercar, the Toyota 2000 GT was the obvious car of choice for You Only Live Twice, a Bond film set primarily in Japan. Only 351 models were produced, making the car rarer than a DB5. The 2000 GT was actually a hardtop coupé, but the low roof proved too restrictive for Sean Connery, who was too tall to sit comfortably in the car. At short notice, Toyota made modifications to produce a special open top version just for the film.
#5 Aston Martin DBS
|Bond Movie:||On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)|
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service introduced a new James Bond, George Lazenby, and it was only right to equip him with the latest Aston Martin. The Aston played a key part in the film’s shocking ending, as well as in introducing the new lead actor. Bond is first shown driving along a winding Portugal road in the beautiful Aston Martin DBS, his face hidden in silhouette in an artistic introduction. At the film’s end, Bond’s wife is assassinated through the DBS’s windshield.
The Aston Martin DBS was the last car the company produced under the ownership of David Brown, after whom the DB series had been named. In the following Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, the DBS was briefly shown being fitted with missiles in Q’s lab.
#6 Mercury Cougar
|Model:||Cougar XR-7 (1969)|
|Bond Movie:||On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)|
When Bond is on the run in Piz Gloria without his Aston, he has to rely on his future wife Tracy Di Vicenzo, and her red Mercury Cougar. With the help of rally studs for added traction on the icy roads, Tracy proves to be a competent driver, out-cornering the henchmen trying to shoot them down. In order to lose the tail, Tracy enters a stock car race track, and after a few laps manages to escape, leaving the henchmen upturned in an explosive crash.
#7 Ford Mustang
|Model:||Mustang Mach 1 (1971)|
|Bond Movie:||Diamonds Are Forever (1971)|
While Diamonds Are Forever wasn’t the most well received Sean Connery Bond film, it did have one of the best car chases of the early series. While at the wheel of Tiffany Case’s Ford Mustang, Bond finds himself on the Sheriff’s radar, resulting in a high tension chase along the Las Vegas strip. There are some excellently choreographed manoeuvres, but the action soon moves to a parking lot, where Bond tricks half a dozen police cars into crashing into each other, before escaping over a ramp. Before long, the only undamaged police car left in the vicinity takes chase, and Bond takes a wrong turn down a dead end alley. He tells Tiffany Case to lean over and uses a loading ramp to put the car on two wheels and escape through the narrow pedestrian walkway to safety.
Interestingly, the Vegas strip was so busy that for most of the chase scene, large crowds of tourists could be seen on the sidewalks, watching the action. The producers hoped that the chase would be so exciting that the audience wouldn’t notice. Another point of interest is that virtually all the cars destroyed during filming were Fords. That’s because Ford offered to supply as many cars as the producers wanted, if Bond drove a Mustang.
#8 AMC Hornet
|Model:||Hornet X Hatchback (1974)|
|Bond Movie:||The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)|
In The Man with the Golden Gun, Mary Goodnight gets herself kidnapped by Francisco Scaramanga. Bond runs to his car to make chase, only to realize that Ms. Goodnight has the keys. With Scaramanga almost out of sight, Bond spots a car dealership, and steals an AMC Hornet, driving it right out through the showroom window. Live and Let Die‘s Sheriff J.W. Pepper returns as a Bangkok tourist, who just so happened to be sitting in the passenger seat of the Hornet.
The pair chase Scaramanga, with Pepper adding some comic relief to the tense action scene. Bond swerves in and out of the busy Bangkok traffic to make up for the lost distance. With some creative driving, Scaramanga manages to double back on Bond and heads in the opposite direction. Bond immediately executes an impressive backwards-forward manoeuvre to absolute perfection, but soon finds himself on the opposite side of a river to Scaramanga, and miles away from a bridge. In the film’s landmark stunt, Bond spots an old collapsed bridge and does a 360 degree barrel roll over the river.
What car you only live twice?
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice was the fifth James Bond movie and was set largely in Japan. Bond was once again played by Sean Connery and the plot for this latest adventure involved the terrorist organisation SPECTRE hijacking American and Soviet space capsules in a bid to start World War 3.
Although Bond wouldn’t do much driving in You Only Live Twice, the film’s Producer, Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, had seen Toyota’s prototype 2000 GT at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1965 and thought it would make an ideal machine for 007’s accomplice, Aki (played by Akiko Wakabayashi).
An advanced two-seat sports Coupe manufactured under contract by Yamaha, the Toyota 2000 GT was powered by a dual overhead camshaft straight six with a displacement of two-litres. Boasting 150bhp and a five-speed gearbox, it could hit nearly 140mph and sprint from 0-62mph in around eight seconds.
Three Solex carburettors were fitted along with Dunlop disc brakes and a limited-slip differential. Suspension was independent all-round.
In early 1966, Broccoli called Toyota with the offer of an appearance for the 2000 GT in You Only Live Twice.
However, there was a problem as Connery’s large frame meant it was impossible for him to fit comfortably: with several scenes viewed from around the cockpit, a solution would need to be found.
Broccoli ultimately decided the only way a 2000 GT could make it into the movie was if a Roadster version could be produced as this would solve all the visibility issues.
At the time, Toyota had still only built a couple of prototype Coupe 2000 GTs and series production wouldn’t begin until May 1967. They were nevertheless enthusiastic and managed to complete the order for a pair of cars within a frantic few weeks.
Two beautiful Roadsters were created. The work took place at Toyota’s special Toyopet Service Centre in Tsunashima.
Both cars were painted white with black upholstery and wire wheels. Neither had side windows or a hood of any sort.
One of the Roadsters would be used for filming and the other would act as a back-up. When shooting was over, the back-up car stayed with Toyota in Japan. It was equipped with a largely standard interior.
By contrast, the film car was kitted out with a variety of gadgets by John Stears and his renowned special-effects team at Pinewood Studios in England.
In the vacant area behind the two seats, Stears’ crew fitted a voice-activated tape recorder, an FM receiver and a small colour CCTV screen.
The glovebox housed a VCR and cordless telephone.
Concealed video cameras were fitted behind the licence plates.
After the action shots were taken in Japan, most of the close-cockpit footage was done back at Pinewood Studios.
Some in-car footage was actually done with an entirely different machine (probably a Sunbeam Alpine).
The 2000 Roadster appeared in three scenes of You Only Live Twice.
The first was when Aki drove Bond to meet MI6-contact ‘Mr Henderson’ after a meeting at a wrestling match.
Then, after breaking into the safe of Osato Chemicals, Bond was rescued by Aki under a hail of gunfire.
The final scene was the most enduring. After arranging a meeting with Mr Osato, Aki again saved Bond: as they sped away, they were pursued by some of Osato’s henchmen. Aki radioed for assistance and the chasing car was eventually dumped into the sea having been lifted off the ground by a helicopter carrying a large magnet.