There isn’t any scarcity of lists rating the perfect James Bond motion pictures. Ditto lists about the perfect or worst James Bond vehicles. I do know, I’ve written a few of them. As such, why not mix the 2 concepts into one new record that ranks all 24 official James Bond motion pictures based mostly completely on their vehicles, or extra precisely their automobile content material. I might then pull from my 25 years of James Bond nerddom plus the wonderful “Bond Automobiles: The Definitive Historical past” and our interview with long-time Bond particular results supervisor Chris Corbould to offer tidbits and factoids concerning the vehicles and their roles within the motion pictures. And no, this doesn’t embrace “No Time to Die,” though it provides loads of automobile content material to the sequence in its personal proper. 

To find out the record, I thought-about the inherent coolness of the vehicles in addition to their significance to Bond, movie and automobile historical past. I thought-about their significance to the story in addition to the standard/pleasure of the chases and scenes they participated in. Lastly, I attempted my finest to divorce the automobile content material from my opinions concerning the motion pictures generally. That my private record of finest James motion pictures appears nothing like this exhibits I used to be not less than partially profitable.  

24. ‘Moonraker’

There are nearly no vehicles in “Moonraker.” None. Oh, there is a gondola on wheels that makes a pigeon do a double-take, however that is not the identical factor as a automobile. Neither is a golf cart. Or an ambulance. Or an area shuttle.

23. ‘From Russia With Love’

The literary James Bond principally drove an historical Bentley, and “From Russia with Love” is the one movie wherein it seems. It stays parked and the best factor that occurs (by 1962 requirements) is 007 solutions its automobile cellphone. Thereafter, we get some previous vehicles (even by 1962 requirements) driving round Istanbul and a yellow truck. So yeah. Traditional Bond movie, a must-watch, simply not for its automobile content material.

22. ‘Dr. No’

Historical past information that the primary “Bond automobile” is the Sunbeam Alpine in “Dr. No.” The automobile itself was actually borrowed from a Miss Jennifer Jackson of 53 Girl Musgrave Highway in Jamaica for 10 kilos per day for 2 days throughout filming. Additionally, the stunt the place it drove below an excavator blocking the street was solely conceived as a result of the filmmakers confirmed as much as the street they meant to movie on and found an excavator blocking the factor. Sadly, these are actually the one two issues attention-grabbing concerning the Alpine, which is a fairly small and dainty factor by Bond automobile requirements. It simply would not match. There’s additionally some actually horrible old-timey sawing-at-the-wheel driving from Mr. Connery whereas a hilarious rear-projected movie of the chase goes on behind him.

21. ‘Licence to Kill’

Our car classification board has decided {that a} Kenworth large rig shouldn’t be a automobile, and due to this fact, “Licence to Kill’s” actually spectacular, climactic big-rig chase doesn’t depend towards its total rating. Too dangerous. As such, this movie should depend on the Maserati Biturbo 425 pushed by the dangerous guys (dude, drug sellers might afford one thing approach higher), a blue Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II pushed by Q (I imply, it isn’t a nasty automobile) and the Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC pushed by Bond within the Florida Keys. The latter was really a fairly cool automobile for its day and packed the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8, nevertheless it simply is not proper for Bond. It was like he opted for one thing from the Hertz Premium assortment.

20. ‘Stay and Let Die’

As soon as once more, these persnickety fellows have dictated {that a} boat can be not the identical factor as a automobile, so no factors for having the best boat chase of all time. Additionally no factors for the double-decker bus chase. Now, some factors do go to the gathering of nifty Pimpmobiles on show early within the film together with your complete Eastside Freeway in New York completely and conspicuously populated by the identical two or three Basic Motors fashions.

19. ‘Thunderball’

This is able to be the lowest-ranking film that includes the Aston Martin DB5. Sure, it is within the film, sure it exhibits off a couple of devices like a water sprayer and pop-up bullet defend, nevertheless it does so whereas parked. Later, the Spectre dangerous man tailing 007 is blown off the street by fellow Spectre baddy Fiona Volpe earlier than 007 and the DB5 can do something about it. So, not a lot motion. The traditional Aston wasn’t the one automobile in “Thunderball” that confirmed up after appearances in “Goldfinger”: so did the Lincoln Continental, Ford Thunderbird and Ford Mustang. Solely the latter did one thing remotely attention-grabbing: Volpe scaring 007 by driving actually quick. This at all times struck me as condescending to ladies (and a fairly bad-ass one at that), inflating a way of peril that did not actually exist, and a few tacky enhancing because the automobile’s velocity was clearly elevated in publish. This film is about issues below water, not on the street.

18. ‘A View to a Kill’

Probably the most noteworthy automobile on this film is the 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II that was really owned by Bond producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli. Sure, they really used a distinct automobile when Grace Jones rolls it right into a pond. There’s additionally a C4 Corvette pushed by a Russian spy, a Jeep Cherokee pushed by Tanya Roberts, and what’s presumably the least James Bond automobile ever, a Ford LTD. Good grief. Nonetheless, this film is buoyed by the enjoyable automobile chase via Paris the place Bond makes off with a Renault 11 taxi to observe a parachutist alongside the Seine. The taxi flies down stairs, via the air and onto buses, earlier than ultimately getting chopped in half … when it simply retains going. So, who-cares vehicles, neat automobile chase.

17. ‘The World Is Not Sufficient’

Not like the Z3 two movies prior, the future-classic BMW Z8 really exhibits off the toys Q (and R!) says it has, together with little missiles that come out from the automobile’s fender vents. We additionally see Bond drive it remotely utilizing the important thing fob, albeit fairly slowly on a pier, and fairly briefly. It could have been 22 years in the past, however I vividly keep in mind the groan that washed via the theater when the Z8 meets these noticed blades. Enjoyable truth: BMW might solely provide two early manufacturing prototypes to the movie. The Bond manufacturing group needed to construct three extra utilizing BMW-supplied elements, a Chevy V8, some Jaguar suspension bits and who is aware of what else mendacity across the store. So all that groaning was for not. It was a faux.

16. ‘Quantum of Solace’

Because the Aston Martin DBS was featured first in “On line casino Royale,” a lot of its cool issue had already been used up by the point it exhibits up instantly within the “Quantum” pre-titles sequence. It then takes half in a fairly good automobile chase till you begin to understand that Bond is struggling to outrun an Alfa Romeo 159, a automobile that appears cool however was garbage to drive. It was no Giulia Quadrifoglio. That is definitely not the one automotive mismatch in Bond historical past, nevertheless it additional stunts the DBS’ influence on this film. Later, a Ford Ka and Ford Edge present up and are apparently powered by hydrogen? As a result of, cause?

15. ‘Diamonds are Eternally’

In all honesty, I need to admit that that is certainly one of my two least favourite James Bond motion pictures (you will discover out the opposite later). A lot of that has to do with how heartlessly it strikes on from the emotional cliffhanger of the previous “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” although I additionally discover it too foolish and a bit uninteresting. However, it has some fairly good automobile stuff in it. Director Man Hamilton thought American vehicles had been horrible, so he took nice glee in going out of his approach to ensure as many ponderous land yachts had been destroyed as doable through the Vegas automobile chase scene. One American automobile that was positively not horrible, although maybe nonetheless a bit ponderous, was the Ford Mustang Mach 1 that is certainly probably the most well-known Bond vehicles. It is also concerned in one of many worst continuity errors of all time: It goes into an alley on its two proper wheels and comes out on its left. That mistake was already the results of a reshoot, and Hamilton determined it wasn’t price a 3rd go. “Diamonds” can be well-known for its Moon Buggy that 007 steals, its ridiculous arms flailing about because it careens throughout the desert outmaneuvering extra hapless land yacht cop vehicles. It is one of many causes I feel the film’s too foolish, however individuals appear to dig the factor: It offered at public sale in 2019 for $512,000.

14. ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’

This film has one of many biggest car-related stunts in movie historical past and presumably THE biggest in Bond historical past. Briefly: Automobile approaches damaged bridge, launches into the air over a river, does a full 360-degree rotation in midair, and lands on the opposite facet of the damaged bridge. Sensational. Sadly, somebody had the intense concept to make it sluggish movement within the movie, and most egregiously, performed a slide whistle through the rotation. Unforgivable. Now, should you ever puzzled why this stunt was carried out with an AMC Hornet, the reply was it needed to be. The stunt was initially developed utilizing an AMC Javelin utilizing nascent pc modeling. Keep in mind, this was the early Seventies. Pc something was house age. Maybe as a result of the Javelin was on its approach out of the AMC lineup, the Hornet was used as a substitute and a partnership with AMC was hatched to additionally embrace a hideous AMC Matador as baddy Francisco Scaramanga’s automobile. That might find yourself changing into a “flying automobile” – principally the wing, tail and engine are plopped on high of the roof. It, or slightly an extremely apparent mannequin, then takes off. Apparently, some viewers members thought the flying Matador was actual and the Hornet river bounce was faked. Cannot think about the slide whistle helped.  

13. ‘On line casino Royale’

The vehicles in “On line casino Royale” play a symbolic function on this origin story that exhibits Bond changing into Bond. In Britain, the time period “Mondeo Man” was used to explain a daily, median-class man, one who’d drive a daily, median-class automobile like a Ford Mondeo. It’s due to this fact not only a little bit of groan-worthy product placement that leads Daniel Craig to drive a Mondeo early on in “On line casino Royale.” He is nonetheless a daily previous agent. However quickly sufficient, he is profitable a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 on the poker desk, explaining how a authorities worker might by some means afford a traditional grand-touring sports activities automobile, as Pierce Brosnan’s Bond did (this origin could be completely thrown out the window, and the steering wheel moved again to the British facet, in later motion pictures, however nobody actually cares). Later, Bond says “I like you too, M” as he takes possession of an Aston Martin DBS. That is his first true “Bond automobile” — he has arrived, not less than vehicularly. In fact, the DBS sees some spectacular, if transient, motion. As he swerves to keep away from Vesper Lynd mendacity within the street, the DBS flips a world-record seven instances. Behind the digital camera, that took some additional effort. Because the DBS was not but in manufacturing, the stunt group practiced the flip with a BMW 5 Sequence and an Aston Martin DB9. When the DBS confirmed up, nevertheless, there was a lot downforce and stability that the upgraded DBS would not flip regardless of driving it over progressively bigger ramps. Chris Corbould’s group needed to give you a novel answer: Set up air cannon to fireside down into the pavement. Mission achieved and a world-record inadvertently achieved.

12. ‘GoldenEye’

Xenia Onatopp could also be an ace pilot, however she’s clearly a crap driver. How else to elucidate her lack of ability to outrun a 30-year-old Aston Martin whereas driving a brand-spanking-new Ferrari F355? However, each of these are exceptionally cool vehicles (the primary look of the Brosnan DB5 and the primary DB5 in any respect since “Thunderball”), and the post-titles automobile chase they characteristic in is a complete lot of enjoyable. It is also the perfect automobile chase that includes a DB5 within the sequence, and that counts for lots. In fact, the Bond automobile from “GoldenEye” was the BMW Z3, which is one thing that is rife with combined feelings. Objectively, it is barely within the film, does not one of the issues Q says it could, and the automobile itself is a bit lame given its four-cylinder engine. Alternatively, I personal one, particularly as a result of it made such an indelible impression after I was 12 years previous. I am not the one one on the market. This film additionally has a wildly amusing automobile chase via St. Petersburg, however as Bond is piloting a tank, it loses half its obtainable factors.

11. ‘Die One other Day’

I hate this film. I might spill 1,000 phrases extolling every thing that is horrible about it, however inevitably, the proof is the massive ‘ol reset button the Bond producers pressed one movie later with “On line casino Royale.” They acknowledged that they had gone too far, too outlandish, too tacky, too CGI, too Madonna. That they had jumped the shark, or in Bond parlance, “cloaked the Vanquish.” Q Department is given loads of leeway when it comes to realism, however making a automobile disappear is approach too far. Romulan know-how has no enterprise in a Bond automobile. All of that stated, I acknowledge that the Aston Martin Vanquish is a cool automobile and that the ice battle with the weapons-filled Jaguar XKR was a monumental achievement by the particular results group. Then once more, the chase bit within the ice fortress belongs in Batman & Robin, however there I’m going once more. There’s a number of automobile stuff on this film. Let’s simply go away it there.

10. ‘Spectre’

There are literally parallels between the automotive motion in “Spectre” and “Die One other Day”: Each characteristic Bond in a gadget-laden Aston Martin and dangerous man in a Jaguar. Nonetheless, issues are extra throughout the realm of established Bond-world-believability right here, each when it comes to the devices and the situation: the streets and riverside of Rome slightly than an ice fortress. The chase additionally is not simply throw-away motion. Bond is on the cellphone with Moneypenny for a lot of it, which dispenses with some essential plot exposition in addition to being a intelligent juxtaposition of Bond fleeing for his life whereas Moneypenny enjoys a quiet night at residence together with her boyfriend. All of that stated, there’s nothing that was really “actual” about both of the vehicles: the Aston Martin DB10 was made particularly on the behest of director Sam Mendes after seeing a sketch of one thing prefer it at Aston HQ, whereas the Jaguar C-X75 was a one-time idea automobile whose preliminary manufacturing plans had been cancelled two years earlier than “Spectre’s” launch. This is able to be its solely second glory. The Aston Martin DB5 additionally has an excellent second in “Spectre,” however I will not smash that bit for you.

9. ‘You Solely Stay Twice’

The Toyota 2000GT is a real traditional. That probably the most iconic Japanese vehicles ever seems in the one James Bond movie to happen in Japan was pure serendipity. The 2000GT that seems in “You Solely Stay Twice” can be distinctive: It’s a roadster. At 6-foot-2, Sean Connery couldn’t match within the automobile with out awkwardly folding his arms. They tried to create a targa look, however then Connery’s head would pop up between the entrance and rear headers like a whack-a-mole. A roadster it could be then, although no try was really made to place a convertible roof below the tonneau cowl. Notice that the 2000GT is not really pushed by 007: It is Japanese agent Aki’s, making this technically the uncommon “Bond woman automobile.” There’s additionally a number of attention-grabbing interval Japanese vehicles on this movie, together with the Toyota Crown that will get dropped into Tokyo Bay.

8. ‘Tomorrow By no means Dies’

If we’re to be trustworthy, it is at all times strained believability that Q might really stuff that many devices into sports activities vehicles. A full-size flagship luxurious sedan, although? That not solely appears believable, however the artwork division actually had a discipline day with the BMW 750iL featured right here. This factor not solely had 12 cylinders, however 12 rockets within the sunroof plus caltrops spikes that drop down from the bumper, tear gasoline, re-inflating tires, electrified door handles and a cable cutter below the BMW roundel that just-so-happens to be the precise peak of a cable strung up by the dangerous guys to clothesline Bond. Nice foresight, Q! It will also be remotely pushed utilizing Bond’s cellphone, leading to some fairly cool photographs of a seemingly driverless automobile (the true driver was really in a particular rig on the again seat ground). The Brosnan Bond DB5 makes its second look, nevertheless it’s fleeting. A 3rd was left on the chopping room ground of “The World is Not Sufficient.”

7. ‘Octopussy’

Extra verdicts have simply come down from the car classification board: A tiny jet that emerges from a horse’s ass and a submarine that appears like an alligator aren’t vehicles. Nonetheless, a three-wheeled Indian tuk-tuk taxi is. Barely, however they’re permitting it. It’s featured in one of many extra amusing and definitely unorthodox automobile(ish) chases in Bond historical past, proven above. The chase was filmed in Udaipur, India, the place the gang and visitors weren’t at all times conscious that filming was going down. The dude on the bicycle that rides in between the tuk-tuk and the baddie’s Jeep … not deliberate, only a dude driving to work. There’s additionally a number of nice stuff that includes automobiles which can be positively vehicles … even when Bond finally ends up driving the black Mercedes W123 on practice tracks. The stolen Alfa Romeo GTV 6 that Bond makes use of whereas evading the BMW-driving polizei is certainly the best automobile within the movie, and the uncommon occasion of 007 driving one thing Italian. So though there isn’t a iconic “Bond automobile” in “Octopussy,” the car-related motion is among the many sequence’ finest. The extra I agonized over this record, the upper it appeared to rise.

6. ‘Skyfall’

Throughout the continuity of the Daniel Craig Bond movies, the Aston Martin DB5 is a multitude. First he received a DB5 in “On line casino Royale” – a “common” one which was even left-hand-drive. Then, in “Skyfall,” he really owns the gadget-laden automobile from the Sixties. This does not actually make sense, however can we care? We don’t. The scenes involving this automobile are pure Bond perfection, certain to deliver a nostalgia-flavored tear to any 007 fan’s eye. We’ll see what’s in retailer for this automobile in “No Time to Die,” however so far not less than, that is the DB5’s second-greatest look. We additionally get some nice motion within the pre-titles sequence with a Land Rover Defender.

5. ‘For Your Eyes Solely’

The auburn-colored Lotus Esprit Turbo on this film, full with gold wheels and Olin Mark VI skis mounted to the hatch, is a deeply fascinating automobile. It is lovely and achingly cool. Type of like Roger Moore, really. It’s certainly one of two Esprits in “For Your Eyes Solely,” the opposite being a white one which succumbs to its personal anti-theft system. With it out of the image, Bond should depend on Melina Havelock’s wheels: a canary yellow Citroen 2CV. That is clearly a horrible automobile, however that was precisely the purpose. After the absurdity of “Moonraker,” the Bond producers needed to actually deliver 007 again right down to earth. What higher approach to try this than to strip him of his gadget-filled unique sports activities automobile and deposit him right into a woefully underpowered tin can. The following automobile chase is really one of many sequence’ finest.

4. ‘The Residing Daylights’

Aston Martin makes its return after 18 years away from the franchise (Roger Moore by no means drove one) with a V8 Vantage taking a starring function in one of many sequence’ finest automobile sequences. The Vantage is featured all through the movie, in each convertible and coupe physique kinds (Q implies that it is the similar automobile, however let’s simply neglect he stated that), ferrying Bond round England first after which Czechoslovakia the place it stands proud like … an Aston Martin in Czechoslovakia. It’s there the place it flees hapless cops in Iron Curtain crap cans on numerous types of icy surfaces. There are missiles, outrigger skis, lasers within the wheels, an after-burner rocket … principally, it is a quintessential Bond automobile. There’s additionally some nice pre-titles motion that includes a Land Rover and the primary occasion of Bond driving German vehicles: an Audi 200 Quattro Turbo and a 200 Avant. That is an underappreciated Bond film, although that is nearly definitely the one record of Bond motion pictures the place it’s going to find yourself No. 4.

3. ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’

This is able to be the final film for Aston Martin earlier than it disappeared for these 18 years and 7 movies (a token background glimpse however). Someway that appears becoming provided that the inexperienced DBS is an indelible a part of the movie’s closing second, probably the most iconic in your complete sequence. It seems all through the movie, nevertheless, together with within the pre-titles sequence the place Bond drives it onto a seashore in an effort to save Teresa di Vincenzo. However it’s finally her automobile that is the true automotive star of OHMSS: a purple 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 convertible with the 428 Cobra Jet engine. Rattling Tracy, good wheels. She places on an epic driving show on icy Swiss roads with 6-foot-high snow banks earlier than Bond urges her to lose the dangerous guys by driving right into a inventory automobile race on a frozen lake (Dianna Rigg really did a good bit of driving for the sequence). For his automobile, for her automobile, for your complete film really, this is among the finest.

2. ‘The Spy Who Liked Me’

There’s a robust argument to be made {that a} Lotus Esprit that drives into the ocean and turns right into a submarine is the best automobile that has ever appeared in a James Bond film. The prolonged sequence, each on land and below water, can be a number of the best motion within the sequence. So, let’s now dispense with the justifications for its lofty record placement and share some enjoyable information. White was chosen by director of images Claude Renoir (grandson of the Renoir) as a result of it could look finest with the Sardinian background. There have been two absolutely functioning Esprits, certainly one of which was really owned by Lotus Chairman Colin Chapman (it was the one different white one constructed at that time). One Esprit served as a digital camera automobile for the opposite because it was the one automobile available that would sustain with it. Seven Esprit physique shells had been used within the transformation sequence, together with for the ultimate submarine, whose conversion into a totally functioning watercraft value $100,000 in 1977 cash ($450,000 right now). A diver in full scuba gear operated it, together with all of the devices used, and it wasn’t water tight. You realize, I’ve simply had a thought. As soon as it grew to become a submarine, did the Esprit cease being a automobile? I would higher cease now earlier than the car classification board will get wind of this.

1. ‘Goldfinger’

Was there any doubt? The Lotus Esprit submarine is arguably a cooler automobile. There are extra thrilling and revolutionary automobile sequences in many of the above movies, together with in these the place an precise Aston Martin DB5 seems. An argument may very well be made for going with one other film, however ultimately, there’s nothing like the unique. The DB5 performed such an unforgettable function in “Goldfinger” it’d as effectively have been listed between Sean Connery and Gert Frobe within the credit. It’s what defines the concept of a Bond automobile: one thing unique full of devices. Importantly, it is also featured all through the movie and will get to point out off these devices. This film additionally consists of memorable supporting roles for the then-new Mustang, iconic 1963 Lincoln Continental, a Ford Ranchero and Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce. Finally, although, you watch the third James Bond movie for what’s broadly thought-about “essentially the most well-known automobile on the earth.”

The Finish of All 24 James Bond motion pictures ranked solely by their vehicles

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