Throughout the James Bond series of films and novels, Q Branch has given Bond a wide variety of vehicles with which to battle his enemies. Among the most noteworthy gadgets, Bond has been equipped with various vehicles that have numerous modifications to include elaborate weapons and anti-pursuit systems, alternative transportation modes, and various other functions, but one car in particular has always been linked to Mr. Bond's luxurious collection, the Aston Martin DB5.
Shortly after capturing Mr. White, Bond is chased by two Alfas from Lake Garda to Siena, Italy. Despite sustaining heavy damage, Bond's Aston Martin DBS V12 manages to escape while both Alfas are destroyed.
Featured in The Man with the Golden Gun. Bond steals this red 1974 hatchback from an AMC dealership in Bangkok, Thailand. He makes his exit by crashing through the showroom window. unknowing that Sheriff J.W. Pepper was in it looking to test drive it. A Hornet was also used for the famous twisting corkscrew aerial jump that was captured in just one filming sequence. A special modified car performed the stunt with a lower stance and larger wheel wells (just as the Astro Spiral Javelin stunt cars that performed that same jump in AMC sponsored thrill shows) compared to the stock Hornet X model in all of its other appearances in the movie. Seven tests were performed in advance before the one jump performed by an uncredited British stuntman "Bumps" Williard for the film with six (or 8, depending on the source) cameras simultaneously rolling. Two frogmen were positioned in the water, as well as an emergency vehicle and a crane were ready, but not needed. An engineer at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL) used computer modeling to calculate the stunt and specified 1,460.06 kilograms (3,219 lb) for the weight of car and driver, the exact angles and the 15.86-metre (52 ft) distance between the ramps, as well as the 64.36-kilometre-per-hour (40 mph) launch speed. This vehicle is on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire. The ramps are still in the possession of the Jay Milligan's stunt company, JM Productions in Hamburg, New York.
The featured car in The Man with the Golden Gun. "Bond is foiled by perhaps the best trick a getaway car has ever performed; the Matador transforms into a plane."Francisco Scaramanga and Nick Nack use this 1974 car to kidnap Mary Goodnight and make their escape. In the film, the Matador coupe is converted into a 'car plane' to fly from Bangkok to an island in the China Sea. With the flight tail unit, the complete machine was 9.15 metres (30 ft) long, 12.80 metres (42 ft) wide, and 3.08 metres (10 ft) high and the "flying AMC Matador" was exhibited at auto shows; however, it could only make a 500-metre (1,640 ft) flight so for the film's aerial sequences it was replaced by a meter-long (39-inch) remote controlled model. Transformation of the AMC Matador into a light airplane occurred when wings and flight tail unit were attached to the actual car (that served as the fuselage and landing gear) and a stuntman drove the 'car plane' to a runway at which point the scene cut to the radio-controlled scale model built by John Stears. See Aircraft section below.
The Goldfinger DB5 with gadgets was sold on October 27, 2010 for $4.6m (£2.9m) to the car collector Harry Yeaggy. It features the pop out gun barrels behind the front indicators, the bullet shield behind the rear window and a 3-way revolving front number plate showing "GOLD FINGER" or "JB007" or "BMT216A".
The car was seen in only four scenes, including the pre-credits teaser and as James and Tracy's wedding car. Nothing is known about what kind of gadgets were installed, except that it had a hiding place for a sniper rifle in the glovebox. Obviously — given what happens at the end of that movie — it was not fitted with bulletproof glass. The DBS is glimpsed in the subsequent film, Diamonds Are Forever, parked up in Q Branch back in London when Bond calls Q from Amsterdam. The car was actually cropped out of the frame on the "pan-and-scan version" of the film.
A convertible, it is later "winterised" with a hardtop. It comes with all the usual refinements, including extending side outriggers, spike-producing tires, missiles, lasers (an update of the DB5's tyre-slashers), signal-intercepting smart radio, head-up display and rocket propulsion. It could also self-destruct when primed.
The car is equipped with all the usual refinements, including front-firing rockets between two machine guns, hood-mounted target-seeking shotguns, spike-producing tires, again and a passenger ejector seat in homage to the original Aston Martin DB5, but used here in a clever bit of improvisation by 007 to right the car when it's been flipped onto its roof. The Aston was also equipped with "adaptive camouflage" – a cloaking device that allowed it to become effectively invisible at the push of a button. This vehicle was also featured in the video games Nightfire (2002) and Everything or Nothing (2004).
Featured in the second Casino Royale. No special gadget was visible on the DBS other than the secret compartments which housed Bond's Walther P99, and an emergency med kit which includes components of an emergency medical link to MI6 HQ, antidotes to various poisons and a small defibrillator. The DB5 is owned by a gambling villain in the Bahamas, which Bond acquires in a poker game. It has no special modifications.
Two gadgets are shown on this vehicle, the ejector seat (although not demonstrated) and two front firing machine guns. This is the first time the machine guns have been used in action since 1964's Goldfinger. This car is destroyed in the climactic battle scene. It is unknown if this is the same Aston Martin DB5 that Bond obtained in Casino Royale. An Aston Martin DB5 appeared in 007 Blood Stone and shared a similar fate to the DB5 in Skyfall.
The Bamford & Martin 1.5 litre Side Valve Short Chassis Tourer was James Bond's first car. He inherited it around Easter 1933 in the first Young Bond novel SilverFin from his uncle Max at the age of thirteen. Bond regularly drove the car, although he was underage, and stored it in a nearby garage while he attended Eton. The car was destroyed in the third Young Bond novel, Double or Die, in December 1933 leading Bond to replace it by purchasing the Bentley Mark IV shortly thereafter in the same novel.
Aston Martin DB Mark III
Bond drives an Aston Martin DB Mark III, which is referred to as a "DB III" in the novel Goldfinger. The "DB3" was a car designed specifically for racing and is unlikely that Bond would drive one. The DB Mark III is often called the DB III and is more comparable to its description in Fleming's novel. This car was the only gadget-laden vehicle to be mentioned in the original Bond novels, though Fleming generally avoided gadgetry in his books. It included switches to alter the type of color of the front and rear lights, reinforced steel bumpers, a Colt .45 pistol in a trick compartment under the driver's seat, and a homing device similar to the DB5 in the film.
Several are engaged in pursuit and are destroyed at the hands of Bond's Aston Martin, the first is cut in half by the Aston's laser tyre shredder, the second is sunk into a frozen lake after the Aston cuts a hole in the ice, whilst another plummets from a ramp and goes through a shed.
There has never been a Bentley model known as the "Mark IV": neither from the "old" W.O. Bentley firm, nor from Rolls-Royce after the takeover of Bentley Motors in 1931. The "Mark IV" appellation seems to have been created by Ian Fleming, and erroneously perpetuated since. In contradistinction to the films, James Bond's official car in the Ian Fleming novels was a grey 1933 Bentleyconvertible. The car featured a 4.5 L engine with the Amherst Villierssupercharger. In the novels, no gadgets were installed; this was Bond's personal vehicle that is mentioned in Casino Royale as being a hobby that Bond enjoys working on. Its only armament, in the novels, is a .45 Colt Army Special revolver Bond keeps in the glove compartment. The novel version of the Bentley Mark IV was destroyed during a chase sequence in Moonraker. The Bentley is also the very first Bond vehicle seen in the film series, although it was shown very briefly during Bond's first scene in From Russia with Love and mentioned only in passing in Goldfinger. In From Russia with Love, the only gadget known to be included was a car phone, which in 1963 was very uncommon. The film version of Goldfinger strongly implies that the Bentley was issued to Bond by Q-Branch, since he asks Q about the vehicle, only to be told that it had "had its day". He is given the Aston Martin instead.
In Casino Royale, Fleming writes that Bond bought the car "almost new" in 1933 and had it stored during the war, which is mentioned in the Young Bond novel Double or Die. In Live and Let Die Fleming states the automobile's year as 1933, however in Moonraker Fleming states it is from 1930. This earlier date is the correct one, as the Bentley 4½ Litre ceased production in 1930.
Bentley Mark VI
Made in 1953, Bond purchases his second Bentley towards the end of the novel, Moonraker. Like his previous Bentley, the Mark VI is grey with dark blue leather upholstery. After Moonraker this model is never mentioned again.
Bentley Mark II Continental
A Bentley Mark II Continental was featured in the novel Thunderball and is Bond's final Bentley. Bond, having purchased the car in a wrecked state, upgrades the engine from a 4.5 L engine to a 4.9 L and has a custom drophead body from Mulliners. The Mark II was also grey; however, the interior was black leather. The Mark II Continental is last seen in the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service where Bond upgrades the vehicles once again with an Arnott supercharger controlled by a magnetic clutch, causing Rolls-Royce, worried about potential damage to the engine, to disown the car. He uses the car in a race with the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo in her Lancia Flaminia Spyder towards the beginning of the book. Bond dubs the car "the locomotive".
Supposedly equipped with 'Stinger' missiles and other armaments, which are never seen or used except for a deployable parachute and auto-HUD. Car is left-hand drive. Total screen time less than two minutes.
Loaned to Bond by Q at an Avis rental station in Germany, this car is equipped with missile launchers, caltrops, self-inflating tires and a near-impenetrable body. The BMW can be remotely controlled via a special Ericsson cell phone. During a chase inside a carpark, Bond exits the car and remotely drives it to the rooftop, sending it flying off the carpark before crash-landing into an Avis station across the street.
This tan MGB is owned by Hong Kong's MI6 agent Mary Goodnight. She and Bond follow Andrea Anders in her dark green Rolls-Royce; they end up at the Peninsula Hotel where Bond discovers that they have a fleet of dark green Rolls-Royces.
Used in major car chase, after Bond's own car - Lotus Esprit Turbo - explodes. Bond and love interest Malina Havelock are pursued by evil henchmen in Peugeot 504s. The chase includes a hairpin road, an olive orchard, and a village. At one point the 2CV is on its side, and is righted by hand. Bond and Havelock dispatch their pursuers with car accidents, and make their escape.
Mr Solo is shot in the backseat by Oddjob and the vehicle is driven to a junkyard and crushed in a baling press. Note that the vehicle which is crushed is a 1963 model. Later in the film a pair (a sedan and a convertible) bring Bond to the airport on behalf of the U.S. Government.
Red on Red 1969 Convertible, Driven by Tracy onto a Portuguese beach where she attempts suicide, later in a winter stock-car race on an ice-covered track to help Bond escape from Blofeld's henchmen and Irma Bund.
The windscreen is sprayed with paint by Bond's Lotus Esprit, the driver loses control and the car careers off a mountainside and crashes through a barn roof. Jaws (as ever) walks away from the crash unscathed.
San Monique Police, Kananga's henchmen in New Orleans
Two of these police cars are seen chasing Bond's stolen AEC Regent RT-type-double-decker bus with three motorcycles across San Monique. Also seen chasing Bond's stolen Cessna 172 Skyhawk around an airfield in New Orleans.
This is a combination of a Chevy Corvette and a Cadillac El Dorado, custom made by Dunham coaches (which was known at the time for its customized pimp mobiles). It is driven in the movie by the Kananga henchmen, Whisper, who fires a poison dart from its side mirror at the driver of Bond's taxi.
Driven by Necros, this ambulance is only featured for a short time. During the short scene, Necros drives the ambulance from the airport terminal in Tangier across the tarmac to Koskov's plane, with the drugged Bond in the back.
Two Esprits are featured in this film. The first, a white model driven by Bond in Spain, is destroyed when a thug trips its self-destruct system by breaking the driver's side window. The second one is a bronze model driven by Bond at a ski resort in Northern Italy. Contrary to popular belief, these two were not repainted Essex-spec Turbo Esprits but specially commissioned cars.
After the raid on Kristatos' base in Albania, Locque attempts to escape Bond in the car by driving along a cliffside road. While driving, he is shot by Bond and loses control, resulting in the car hanging perilously off the edge. Bond kicks the car off the cliff to finish off Locque.
After the tires get torn off by a stinger device, Bond drives the car on the railway tracks in pursuit of the circus train. It was subsequently hit by a train coming down the opposite line and thrown into a river. It is later seen being recovered via crane and covered in seaweed.
Used by Aki during Bond's time in Tokyo. This vehicle was unique as the 2000GT did not have a convertible version. Due to his height, Connery could not fit in the car. Toyota removed the roof all together and sent two cars to the set within two weeks.
Uses car's engine noise to cover up Bond's shooting
Auto rickshaw: Featured in Octopussy. Two of these basic auto rickshaws are used in a chase sequence through the streets of Udaipur — Bond and fellow MI6 agent Vijay being in one, with Gobinda and his henchmen in the pursuing vehicle. It is insinuated that the auto rickshaw driven by Vijay has been modified by MI6 as the tone of the engine becomes more like a motorcycle and Vijay performs a wheelie, exclaiming, "This is a company car!"
Dodge Polara: a 1964 model year seen in You Only Live Twice as a getaway vehicle after Henderson is stabbed by a hitman.
Dodge Ram 150 pickup truck from the late-1980s—Seen in Licence To Kill during the tanker pursuit scene.
Ferrari F355 GTS: Featured in GoldenEye. Xenia Onatopp playfully races James Bond in his Aston Martin DB5 by chance on the mountain roads behind Monte Carlo in this vehicle, which is later revealed to have false French registration plates, hinting that it may be stolen. Another 355 appears twice in Die Another Day during the opening sequence, and later on the AN-124 airplane. It is then pushed out of the plane along with the Lamborghini Diablo.
Ford Five Hundred: Two can be briefly seen in the parking lot of the resort in Nassau in Casino Royale after Bond backs the Range Rover into another car
Humber Super Snipe Series II: Bond and Leiter take a brief tour in a car that belongs to the governor of the Bahamas in Ian Fleming's Thunderball
Lamborghini Diablo: appears in the opening sequence of Die Another Day (film) and is later being loaded onto the AN-124 Airplane. The Lamborghini is then pushed out of the plane and seen sticking nose first in the mud by Bond and Jinx as they fly over.
Mini Moke: Featured briefly in You Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. In You Only Live Twice two Mini Mokes are used by the henchmen in Blofeld's volcano lair. In Live and Let Die, Bond and Rosie use this vehicle to drive to the harbor to meet Quarrel Jr. In Spy, the crew of the Liparus supertanker uses a Mini Moke in their defense against a break out by the submarine crews. Also seen in Moonraker where Bond and Dr. Goodhead are hiding in a trailer (prior to boarding Moonraker 6 as pilots) after escaping from an air vent during Moonraker 5's launch.
Peugeot 504: Two Peugeot 504s featured in For Your Eyes Only, used by Hector Gonzales' henchmen to chase Bond and Melina driving with Citroën 2CV.
Peugeot 403: In short story From a View to a Kill Bond uses Marie Ann Russell's car while on assignment in France. In Ian Fleming's O.H.M.S.S. Bond is picked up by one of Draco's men, who takes him to the helicopter hideout with this car.
Renault 11 Taxi: Featured in A View to a Kill, Bond commandeers this car and takes it on a pursuit through Paris. During the pursuit the car has its roof chopped off and then later the entire back half of the car is ripped off.
Renault Fuego: used in A View to a Kill to transport of the Bond Girl.
Renault 5 Turbo 2: used by Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again after killing Nicole, provoking James to take chase on motorcycle.
Studillac: A custom black Studebaker convertible with a Cadillac engine, plus special transmission, brakes and rear axle, owned by Felix Leiter in the novel Diamonds Are Forever. The combination of the aerodynamicRaymond Loewy-designed body with the powerful Cadillac engine made it into a remarkable sports car. Studillacs were not fictional, but actually built by a Long Island, NY company called Bill Frick Motors from 1953 Studebaker Starlight bodies.
Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Coupe: Featured in Live And Let Die novel. Commander Strangways gives this car to Bond.
Toyota Celica GT: Briefly seen in The Man with the Golden Gun, Scaramanga and Nicknack get out and into his boat.
Toyota Crown: Osato's hitmen were seen in a Crown; this was the car that was picked up using an electromagnet on a CH-47 helicopter, later dumped into Tokyo Bay.
Used to escape from San Monique's police force. The upper deck of this bus got torn off after Bond drove under a low bridge; the removed upper deck unintentionally came in useful, as a police car crashed into it and then drove into a lake
Little Nellie was flown, in the film, by its builder, Wing Commander Ken Wallis. Following the movie Ken Wallis toured airshows with G-ARZB. Trailered behind his Rolls Royce he put on an entertaining stunt show, usually involving the pursuit and shooting up of a scrap car containing his assistants, posing as villains. 'Little Nellie' was totally destroyed, at just such an airshow, in Newtownards,N.Ireland on June 7, 1986. Ken Wallis walked away unhurt.
Bede BD5J kitbuilt mini-jet. Originally owned and flown by the Budweiser beer company, later crashed following an engine fire. The pilot, Bob Bishop, bailed out and survived unhurt. The folding wing model seen exiting the horse-box was a mock-up.
Equipped with a nuclear torpedo. Bond pilots the Albatros in order to fly the torpedo out of the terrorist base so that it won't be detonated by the on-route cruise missile which was launched by the British Navy. Bond utilizes the Albatros' weapons systems in order to facilitate his escape. Bond successfully takes off but he is followed into the air by another pilot (also in an Albatros) who is in pursuit of Bond and a Dog fight ensues which Bond wins.
Actually, two separate Dakotas were used in the filming. This short sequence demanded the use of two locations, so far apart that it was considered expedient to use two aircraft. Both were stripped back to bare aluminium and made to look identical, for continuity purposes.
Featured in Thunderball. A rocket pack based on the Bell Jet belt. Bell helicopters have subsequently been seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.
A "prototype" plane featured in Casino Royale, actually a Boeing 747-200 originally used by British Airways as "G-BDXJ". It was refitted with two mockup engines on each inner pylon and external fuel tanks on the outer pylons, somewhat anachronistically resembling a B-52 Stratofortress. This aircraft survives, permanently grounded and repainted plain white, at Dunsfold Aerodrome, England, where all the airfield action was filmed.
A cabin cruiser used as a patrol boat by Dr. No's security force to protect their employer's private island of Crab Key. This boat appears off shore and strafes the beach (where Bond, Honey Ryder and Quarrel are hiding) with machine gun fire.
Cabin Cruiser Water Taxi
Dr. No or Water Taxi Captain
Operated by a fearful Jamaican Captain, this rather unkempt boat provides water taxi service between Kingston, Jamaica, and Crab Key. The main rule for the operation of this boat is that it never make the trip in daylight - but emergency conditions prompt the persistent passenger, Professor Dent, to ignore this rule at his own peril. It is seen both as a full-sized prop and as a scale model on a miniature set.
Quarrel and Honey Ryder
Two such simple sailboats (one belonging to Honey and one belonging to Quarrel) are featured: one to covertly transport Bond and Quarrel onto Crab Key by night and the other to do the same for Honey. Her beached boat is destroyed by machine gun fire, while Quarrel's (which is normally used for fishing trips) features in several earlier scenes, as well.
Moored to the docks at Dr. No's bauxite mine, this little runabout is commandeered by Bond and used to escape Crab Key with Honey. Seen both as a full-sized prop and as a scale model on a miniature set, it is featured in the final shot of the movie.
Intended as Red Grant's escape boat, this craft is commandeered by Bond and used as an escape boat for himself and Tatiana Romanova off the Dalmatian Coast. Two of the SPECTRE powerboats that chase them are also Huntresses - both of which are destroyed by fire.
Fairey Huntsman Powerboat
Two of the four SPECTRE powerboats that chase Bond and Tatiana's commandeered boat off the Dalmatian Coast are Huntsmen - both of which are destroyed by fire. This scene was quite problematic, because someone put the wrong kind of fuel into the Fairey boats and they kept stalling out during filming.
This romantic tourist gondola carries Bond and Tatiana along the canals of Venice, Italy, in the final scene of the movie.
Blofeld (SPECTRE #1) holds a planning meeting with Rosa Klebb (SPECTRE #3) and Kronsteen (SPECTRE #5) aboard this vessel, anchored in Venice Harbor. For the failure of his plan, Kronsteen is later executed at another SPECTRE meeting aboard this same vessel.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld/SPECTRE
Presumably deployed from Blofeld's yacht, this small craft brings Kronsteen to the meeting aboard the former vessel.
This is one of the few Bond movies with no prominent watercraft used or owned by any significant character - though there are a few incidental boats (being small rowboats or sailboats) seen at the docks where Bond swims ashore to sabotage a South or Central American oil storage facility in the pre-credit action sequence.
Luxurious black yacht with grey superstructure built in 1947 for a certain millionaire, later acquired by Mr Big who uses it for smuggling gold coins from Jamaica to the USA. 70 foot (21 m) long, powered by twin General Motor Diesels and capable of doing 20 knots. Bond destroys it with the limpet mine killing everyone aboard including Mr Big in the novel's climax.
Described as a glittering 50 ton Chris Craft, it is used by the Gonzales and his men to sail from Jamaica to Cuba after murdering Havelocks. Judging by the weight spec mentioned in the story it is probably the Constellation model
Luxurious white yacht owned by an rude American millionaire Krest who uses it for his voyages around a world as well as for his hunt of rare fish specimens for his foundation. Built by Bronson Shipbuilding Corporation and designed by Rosenblatts. Specifications: Length 100 ft (30,48 m), Width 21 ft (6,4 m), Weight 200 t, Two 500 horsepower Superior diesel engines, double propellers, top speed 14 knots. As Bond remarks after seeing it:"It was a real ship, built to cruise the world and not just Florida Keys"
Hydrofoil white and dark blue yacht, purchased with SPECTRE funds for 200.000 pounds and used for the purposes of operation Omega by Emilio Largo. Built by Cantieri Navali Rodriquez from Messina. specifications: weight 100 t, powered by two Daimler-Benz four-stroke Diesels supercharged by twin Brown-Boveri turbo superchargers, top speed about 50 knots, equipped with Decca Navigator System. The yacht's hull has a hidden hatch like Olterra which is used to smuggle atomic bombs on board.
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