For decades, James Bond has thrilled audiences around the world with his hair-raising adventures as the foremost dangerous and debonair British secret agent. Whether it’s danger around every corner, shadowy criminal underworld organizations looming over his shoulder, or simply just a vodka martini hangover, there’s never a dull moment for poor old Bond. That’s not to say it’s all bad, though. There are the gadgets, the women, and perhaps the most iconic aspect of the character outside of a tuxedo – the cars.
Though he is perhaps best known for his affinity for the Aston Martin, Bond has driven an incredible array of some of the world’s best vehicles, many of which were armed to the teeth with gadgets, remote controls and sometimes even missile launchers.
There are hundreds of vehicles featured in the Bond movies, but only around 41 that Bond drives himself, excluding motorcycles, buses and golf carts. See if you can recall all of the cars in this rundown. Some are worthy of the Bond name – some not so!
Dr. No – 1957 Chevrolet Bel Aire
It’s strange to imagine that the first car to appear in a Bond film would be American, but Bond rides in a beautiful 1957 Bel Aire in Dr. No. Also driven by an undercover lackey of the eponymous Dr. No named “Mr. Jones” posing as a chauffeur, the car did not have any exciting gadgetry or receive much screen time.
Dr. No – 1961 Sunbeam Alpine
The first car Bond drives in the series was, fittingly, a British-manufactured sports car in a beautiful blue. Chased by a hearse, Bond avoided being rammed off of a cliff through some clever driving and with the help of a conveniently placed crane.
From Russia with Love – 1935 Bentley Mark IV
Bond’s drophead 3.5 liter Mark IV was a notable nod to author Ian Fleming’s novels from which the scripts were adapted. In many of the books, James drove a Bentley (albeit a different model). This particular offering came standard with a car phone – quite a technological feat for the 1960s.
Goldfinger – 1964 Aston Martin DB5
The first appearance of what would become arguably the most famous drives in any movie, as well as an icon almost as much as Bond himself, the Goldfinger DB5 came armed to the teeth with machine guns, a smokescreen and, perhaps most memorably, an ejecting passenger seat controlled by a button in the gearshift.
Thunderball – 1965 Lincoln Continental
In addition to being one of the largest cars driven by Bond, this Continental rented in Nassau is also the only time he can be seen driving a convertible with the top up – an odd choice in Bahamian weather! It wasn’t just 007 that drove a Continental – it was also the vehicle of choice of Goldfinger’s henchman Oddjob.
You Only Live Twice – 1967 Toyota 2000GT
To date, the 2000GT remains the only Japanese car Bond has ever driven. Fittingly so, as You Only Live Twice was set and filmed almost entirely in Japan. The 2000GT was one of Japan’s first true sports cars and was styled in the vein of the Ferraris of the time. Bond’s version differs from the production 2000GT in one major way – Toyota had to modify the car to have an open top as Bond actor Sean Connery was too tall to fit comfortably inside!
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 1968 Aston Martin DBS
With the dawning of a new Bond (portrayed here by actor George Lazenby), it was time for a new Aston Martin. Though the car was only seen in four scenes of the film, it was a tremendous piece of advertising for Aston Martin – particularly due to the sudden, brutal ending of the movie.
Diamonds Are Forever – 1971 Ford Galaxie 500
The Ford Galaxie was a beautiful car, featuring plush interiors and chrome trim, and even available luxury options. Poor James wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy any of these, however, as he spent his time in one sprawled unconscious in the trunk after running afoul of some henchmen.
Diamonds Are Forever – 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford Motor Company made a deal with the producers of Diamonds Are Forever – they would supply as many cars as the production could destroy, as long as Bond drove a Mustang. Happy to oblige, viewers got to ride the edge of their seats as Bond evaded dozens of police cars in a thrilling chase through the streets of Las Vegas. 007’s offering of the Mach 1 Mustang was the Fastback model.
Diamonds Are Forever – 1970 Triumph Stag
Returning to his British roots, Bond once again drives a proper British roadster while posing as a diamond smuggler on his way to Amsterdam. This particular Stag was one of the first of its model rolled out of the Triumph factory.
Live and Let Die – 1963 Chevrolet Impala
Back across the pond once more, Bond drives this American classic on Dr. Kananga’s island to find the location where fellow MI6 agent Baines was killed in a voodoo-inspired ritual. This particular offering was a beautiful dark red convertible.
The Man with the Golden Gun – 1974 AMC Hornet
Misplaced keys are an annoyance that every motorist deals with from time to time. Misplaced keys as a result of a villain kidnapping your female companion, not so much. With no time to lose and no keys to his own car, Bond steals an AMC Hornet from a nearby dealership and takes it on a wild chase through busy Bangkok streets culminating in a full barrel roll over a river.
The Spy Who Loved Me – 1976 Lotus Esprit SI
Proving that no evildoer is safe, Bond takes his adventures nautical with an amphibious Lotus Esprit. Never one to rest on his laurels, a submarine car wasn’t enough for Bond – this aquatic automobile also featured sea-to-air missiles!
Moonraker – 1974 Jeep Cherokee
Though the majority of 1979’s Moonraker takes place in outer space, Bond still logged some time behind the wheel exploring caves in a dark blue Jeep Cherokee. Aston Martins, beautiful as they are, aren’t known for their off-road prowess, after all.
For Your Eyes Only – 1981 Citroen 2CV
Rental cars have a hard life – doubly so if James Bond is at the helm. This plucky Citroen helped 007 make a getaway from Hector Gonzales’ henchmen, but wouldn’t have done so stock. The transportation department of the film had to beef up the engine so that it could outrun its Peugeot-driving pursuers.
For Your Eyes Only – 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Though relegated solely to land this time, the Esprit returned as Bond’s wheels of choice. This particular car offered some serious anti-theft protection. After one of Gonzales’ henchmen tries to break a window, it self-destructs with a massive explosion.
Octopussy – 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6
Another vehicle in the long list of cars “borrowed” by 007, the Alfa shown in Octopussy was a Quadrifoglio – the fastest and highest specced version offered by the manufacturer, ensuring that he could outrun the German police in style and speed.
Octopussy – 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 S
With his first foray into German automotive engineering, Bond demonstrates that nothing can stop him – not even a flat tire. With his rubber shredded, Bond hops onto the train rails and rides away from danger, only to narrowly escape an oncoming train. The Benz, however, was not so lucky.
Octopussy – 1980 Range Rover Rapport Huntsman
Before taking to the skies, Bond needs a way to get his Acrostar Jet from point A to B. His solution? Tow it behind a convertible Range Rover! Land Rover’s cars would go on to become a staple of the series.
Never Say Never Again – 1937 Bentley 4.5 Litre
Another Bentley makes a fleeting appearance in the Bond franchise – this particular model was a Bentley 4.5 Liter offering 110 horsepower and a very stout curb weight of over 3500 pounds.
A View to a Kill – 1983 Ford LTD
It’s always best to blend in with your surroundings when tailing someone in the course of espionage. It’s no wonder, then, that Bond chose a white Ford LTD – no swooping lines or convertible tops to be found here, just an every-day, every-man kind of car.
A View to a Kill – 1983 Renault 11 TXE
Proving that you don’t need trunk space, rear seats or even those pesky rear wheels, Bond’s commandeered Renault taxi is cut in half by another motorist during a chase through Paris. Undeterred, the unflappable agent coasts to a stop next to a bridge where the chase begins anew on water.
The Living Daylights – 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
Another James Bond, another Aston Martin. With Timothy Dalton filling the role now, this Vantage featured missiles, a jet engine, lasers, and tire spikes. Handsome and dangerous – car and driver working as one.
The Living Daylights – 1986 Audi 200 Avant
While tailing General Pushkin, 007 chooses an Audi as his vehicle of choice. It’s the perfect car to blend in – over a million Audi Avants were produced by 1977 alone!
The Living Daylights – 1986 Audi 200 Quattro
Perhaps chosen because of its impressive rally racing pedigree, Koskov makes his daring getaway at the beginning of the film in an Audi Quattro. This particular Quattro boasted a 0-60 time below 7 seconds.
License to Kill – 1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC
Another rented car sees Bond in yet another Lincoln Continental. The rental agency must have been all out of Aston Martins for the day, as it’s tough to imagine Bond willingly choosing to drive an old man car like this.
Goldeneye – 1995 BMW Z3
Bond’s first outing in a BMW was a landmark of product placement – it took BMW over a year to fill the orders they received as a result of Bond’s endorsement of it. Though consumer models were still well appointed, they’d miss out on Bond’s goodies, such as parachute brakes and headlight-mounted missiles.
Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997 BMW 750il
Continuing the Bond/BMW tie-in, the 750iL depicted in Tomorrow Never Dies was a true gadget repository. In the film, we see Bond control the car via phone, electrify itself to deter would-be bad guys, fire missiles, re-inflate his flat tires, and even cut a wire or two! True to form, however, Bond destroys the car by launching it off of a parking garage and into an Avis rental agency.
The World Is Not Enough – 1999 BMW Z8
By now, shooting missiles out of your car is just a day at work to James Bond. Perhaps that’s why he didn’t mourn the loss when his Z8 was cut in half by a helicopter. This car marked the end of BMW’s product placement deal with the Bond franchise.
The World Is Not Enough – 1986 Lada Niva
Technically ahead of its time as one of the first small crossover cars, the Lada Niva was a passenger car mounted on an off-road chassis. This particular example got Bond around Russia, albeit briefly.
Die Another Day – 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
The Bond producers knew they had to welcome back Aston Martin into the fold in truly spectacular fashion. Their solution? An elaborate chase through a melting ice palace complete with car-fired machine guns, rockets and ejector seats. Though stunning, the Vanquish is largely panned by Bond fans for hosting one of the most ridiculous gadgets of all – a full-car invisibility cloak.
Die Another Day – 1957 Ford Fairlane
Looking back over the list, it’s clear Bond splits his time between exotic cars and American convertibles alike. This time, after asking to borrow a gun and a fast car, he is given a Fairlane. Though not quite up to MI6 standards, this Fairlane had a 10-second 0-60 time and a top speed of around 110 miles per hour.
Casino Royale – 2008 Aston Martin DBS V12
With Daniel Craig portraying Bond, a huge reboot came to the series. Gone were the far-fetched gadgets, but the love of beautiful sports cars remained. It is only fitting that this “reinvented” Bond would drive an Aston Martin. This particular DBS achieved a world record in the final moments of the movie when it was flipped seven times.
Casino Royale – 2006 Ford Mondeo Concept
As Ford was the majority shareowner of Aston Martin during this period, a large portion of the “support” cars were Fords. Bond uses the Mondeo just to get around town in the Bahamas – another rental car for 007!
Casino Royale – 2005 Range Rover Sport
In one of the most humorous scenes of the film, James Bond is mistaken for a valet at the illustrious Ocean Club. Never one to turn down an opportunity, Bond uses the Range Rover to distract hotel security so he can review security tapes. He does this by slamming the Range Rover into a row of parked cars, much to the arrogant owner’s chagrin.
Quantum of Solace – 1989 Ford Bronco II XLT
Espionage is often times about the ability to blend in. An exotic car creeping through the shantytowns of Haiti would be out of place, so Bond “acquires” a local vehicle – this well-worn Bronco that’s seen better days – when tailing baddies.
Quantum of Solace – 2008 Ford Edge SEL
Paul Haggis, writer of Quantum of Solace, believes very strongly in sustainable and alternative fuel sources. As such, he managed to fit in a Hydrogen Cell powered Ford Edge. For what it’s worth, Bond doesn’t seem to mind alternative fuel sources, either.
Quantum of Solace – 2008 Range Rover Sport
The cars of MI6 are no slouch either – when Bond needs a lift to the traitorous Mitchell’s apartment in London, we see both he and M being ferried about in a black Range Rover. We also see Bond with one in Bolivia.
Quantum of Solace – 2008 Volvo S40
Bond’s rental car choices never inspire or amaze. This one is no different, but at least it boasts incredibly high safety ratings – a necessity when you are in as many car chases as the man with the license to kill!
Skyfall – 2011 Jaguar XJ
Another car out of the MI6 fleet to go along with the Range Rover seen in Quantum of Solace – this Jaguar serves as M’s personal transport and we see Bond use it to take her to safety. Naturally, MI6 buys British.
Skyfall – 2010 Mercedes-Benz S300
When pretending to be a chauffeur, you must drive what other chauffeurs drive. While in China, Bond adopts dark shades, a handsome pea coat, and a Mercedes S300, though we never see it again once he has arrived at his destination.
Spectre – 2016 Aston Martin DB10
As much a star of Spectre as Daniel Craig himself, the DB10 was a one-off prototype produced specifically for the film. This car also marks the return of in-car gadgets to the Bond franchise, though it seems they are still working out the kinks. Unfortunately, this beautiful specimen ends up in the bottom of a river after a daring chase through Italian streets.