James Bond is one of the greatest movie characters of all time, famous for his suave sophistication, daring stunts and unparalleled skill at luring ladies. However, he wouldn't be half the super-spy he is without the aid of his various supercars, speedboats and flying machines - all complete with their trademark gadgets and incredible modifications. Here is our list of his very best vehicles through the years:
1. Aston Martin DB5 Photo: James Bond Wikia
Often seen as the quintessential Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 was his main motor in two of the earliest and most iconic 007 movies - Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). One of the most beautiful Aston Martins ever produced, it was only manufactured between 1963 and 1965, and its 282 horsepower engine could propel the car to speeds of 145 mph. Of course Bond's version featured a host of modifications and gadgets, including an option to release an oil slick to force pursuing cars off the road, a smokescreen, bulletproof windows and - most famously - an ejector seat!
2. Submarine Lotus Esprit Photo: Yachtworld
Amphibious cars are few and far between, but James Bond had one as far back as 1977. The Lotus Esprit, seen in The Spy Who Loved Me, was Bond's only vehicle capable of moving both on land and under the sea. In a particularly memorable scene from the movie, the super-spy evades bullets fired at him by an angry Stromberg henchwoman by shooting off the edge of the pier into the sea. Once underwater, the Esprit's wheels fold inwards, fins and propellers emerge, and a periscope extends from the top. The sporty Lotus was pretty handy on land as well - not only does it look good, but it features a cement sprayer, which helps Bond avoid capture by a group of assassins.
3. Little Nellie the Wallis Flying Machine Photo: Popular Mechanics
No list of Bond vehicles would be complete without Little Nellie, the tiny Autogyro flying machine seen in You Only Live Twice (1967). Designed by British Inventor Ken Wallis. It might look cute and cuddly, but Little Nellie packed quite a punch, with built-in flame guns, aerial mines, rocket launchers, air-to-air missiles and mounted machine guns all available to Sean Connery's Bond when he finds himself pursued by five helicopters. There was only one winner in that battle of course! In real life, the plane was not retired after its appearance in the film and Wallis piloted it for many years after, even flying it over Scotland looking for evidence of the famous Loch Ness Monster.
4. Citroën 2CV Photo: vintage news
The Citroën 2CV is an icon in its own right. The model was in continuous production between 1948 and 1990 and it was much loved for its unique appearance, including its rolled up canvas sunroof that inspired its nickname, "the umbrella on wheels", and prominent back wheel arches. Bond drove a yellow 2CV in For Your Eyes Only (1981). It wasn't his own car, so it didn't have any gadgets, meaning he had to use his own driving skills to evade the bad guys after taking the wheel from love interest Melina Havelock. That's not before it takes a famous jump off the road (as pictured)!
5. Glastron CT150 Speedboat Photo: yachtworld
The first actual boat to appear on this list can't travel both on land and sea as the previously-listed Lotus Esprit, but it does do a passable impression of a flying machine during its most famous scene in Live and Let Die (1973). While driving the boat, Bond spots a strip of land ahead - a problem for most boaters, but not for 007. He manages to propel the boat across the land and into the water on the other side to continue his high speed pursuit. The boat itself became a cult classic, and it is rumored that over 25 models were used during filming, with many damaged or destroyed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, real-life models aren't capable of performing 120-foot jumps.
6. Sunbeam Alpine Photo: 007jamesbond.com
The Sunbeam Alpine was a two-seat sports car manufactured sporadically between 1953 and 1975. It featured a 4-cylinder, 2267cc engine, with a raised compression ratio. It was one of the very first Bond cars, appearing in the first-ever 007 movie Dr No (1962), when Sean Connery's Bond rents a blue Sunbeam in Jamaica and uses it to evade the "Three Blind Mice" assassins. Making use of the Sunbeam's speed, he easily outmaneuvers his pursuers, consigning them to an explosive death.
7. Moon Buggy Photo: jamesbondmm.co.uk
A one-off Bond special, this futuristic Moon Buggy wasn't actually used in Moonraker, as you might have expected. Instead, it provided a convenient means of escape for the super-spy when he is spotted while spying on Blofield's plans to build a diamond laser satellite in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Bond finds the buggy on the set of a movie that is being filmed in the same complex and quickly works out its controls, making a nimble get away before he can be apprehended in what has since become another iconic scene from the movie series.
8. Toyota 2000GT Photo: blogtoyota.eu
The Toyota 2000GT was a limited production, two-seat sports car with rear wheel drive produced between 1967 and 1970. It is credited with redefining the Japanese automobile industry in the context of the wider world, showing that the country's manufacturers could produce sleek, high-performance sports cars, as well as the practical, everyday cars previously associated with brands like Toyota. 2000GTs are extremely collectible these days, and have been known to fetch as much as $1.2 million at auction. The car that appears in You Only Live Twice (1967), is actually a Spider (convertible) version - two identical cars were made for the film, and they are the only 2000GT Spiders in existence. In the movie, Bond himself is a passenger rather than the driver - he is rescued by Japanese Bond girl Aki.
9. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Photo: James Bond wikia
The most modern of the cars on this list is well worth its inclusion. The beautiful Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was first manufactured between 2001 and 2007, before a new version was introduced in 2012. It boasts a powerful 5935cc engine, and was Bond's main car in Die Another Day (2002). His version featured an extraordinary range of gadgets and weaponry, was rigged with various rockets, had an ejector seat and even an invisibility cloak. It was subsequently voted the third-best car in movie history, after Bond's own DB5 and the Minis from The Italian Job.
10. Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo: Mustangs Daily
The Mach 1 was a high performance variant of the Mustang manufactured between 1968 and 1969. It featured a 'sportsroof' body and added numerous performance and visually-enhancing elements, such as competition-level suspension, a deluxe interior, modified wheels and a rear spoiler. Bond borrows the car in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and is pursued through the desert by police in a classic car chase with a memorable climax. Boxed into a narrow street with only a narrow alleyway ahead, Bond leans the car on to two wheels and drives through it, leaving the police trailing behind.