Every auto enthusiast will most likely have watched a James Bond film at least once in their life, and been in awe at some of the vehicles used by 007, his accomplices and his enemies. There have been some truly special cars ranging from Aston Martins to Jaguars, and of course we’ve seen plenty of regular cars in the film series, such as the Ford Mondeo and the Chevrolet Nova. The type of cars that have featured in James Bond films have ranged from exquisite classics, to modern day convertibles, and even a hearse. Some of them would probably be a pain for maintenance, some might be a pain for vehicle repairs, and some possibly a pain to park!
BMW 518i - An Attainable Automotive For Mechanics
Some of the cars listed in this James Bond cars article may be out of reach for the average mechanic, however the classic BMW 581i could certainly be something that auto mechanics find themselves driving to and from work in. However, the BMW 581i is one of the less glamorous Bond cars. It featured in Octopussy and was used by the West German police, whilst chasing James Bond who was driving a commandeered Alfa Romeo GTV6. The BMW used in the film would be the base model of the E28 version or the second generation 5 Series, and BMW produced 722,328 models of the executive car between 1981 and 1988.
Jaguar XKR - An Auto For Mechanics That Love Speed
Featuring in Die Another Day, the XKR was driven by Zao, and came equipped with front grilled machine guns, door panel missiles, a rear mounted Gatling gun, as well as boot mounted mortars. However, we doubt the regular XKR autos came equipped with such an arsenal! The XK was a short lived grand tourer that was produced between 1996 and 2014, featuring two versions - the X100 and X1500, with the former being the model used to chase Bond in the film. If you were to buy one direct from Jaguar, or from a used car sales garage or site, then you’d be limited to a top speed of 155.4 mph.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
This is the car used by James Bond in Die Another Day, in that infamous ice car chase in which Bond is pursued by Zao in the Jag, as mentioned above. This was the first incarnation of the Aston Martin Vanquish, and only 1,492 were produced between 2001 and 2007, which means the Die Another Day version would have been one of the early ones. The V12 Vanquish Bond car was equipped with the works, including front-firing rockets placed between two machine guns, target-seeking shotguns mounted to the bonnet, tyres that produced spikes, an ejector seat and the ability to appear invisible. Definitely an interesting vehicle for maintenance work!
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupé Park Ward
This is the type of car that would probably see the most esteemed mechanic see maintenance and repairs as a challenge, let alone the worry felt when trying to park such an old classic car. The 1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre drophead coupé Park Ward briefly featured in From Russia with Love, when a James bond dressed only in boxer shorts walks to the car to receive a call from Moneypenny. Only 2,411 of these full-sized luxury cars were produced by Bentley Motors (1931) Limited in Derby between 1933 and 1939. This includes all versions of both the 3½-litre and 4¼-litre engines, meaning the drophead coupé Park Wark is a truly special vehicle.
Aston Martin DB5
This is the second Aston Martin to be featured, and the Aston Martin DB5 is both a staple vehicle in classic car lists as well as Bond films, having featured in Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre. In its second to last appearance, we see them tragically blow it up - imagine the vehicle repair bill for that! Repairing a vehicle in that condition would surely be a huge challenge for any Body shop owner and any mechanic working on such a beautiful car would want the best Mechanic insurance possible.
A few of the Bond cars mentioned could be a nightmare when it comes to vehicle repairs, and any body shop owners or mechanics would be wise to check they had the right Mechanic insurance first, before undertaking any work. Saying that, there have been some great James Bond cars that we’ve missed out in this Bond Cars post. Honourable mentions go out to the Bentley R-Type Continental featured in Thunderball, the Jaguar C-X75 which was specially recommissioned just for Spectre, and finally the Lotus Espirit S1 which was capable of transforming into a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me. With all the Bond cars we’ve covered and mentioned, hopefully there was one that you like.