James Bond: The Evolution of Bond Cars

James Bond is one of the most iconic movie characters of all time. The story of an international spy, each Bond film features a supervillain, a beautiful woman, and an amazing car. Throughout the decades, the cars this hero drives have become increasingly sophisticated and technologically advanced, making each premier a highly-anticipated event for film buffs and car enthusiasts.

A Modern Bond

If Bond were allowed to evolve it would be interesting to see what he would look like. What style of clothing would he choose and what music would he listen to? One thing is for certain, whatever he was doing and however he looked, he would be driving the best car in production.

Here is a list of the cars James Bond has driven in films spanning the past 50 years. Each was a remarkable car for its time and each new car represented advances in technology and changes in style.

  • 1962 Sunbeam Alpine
  • 1935 Bentley Mark IV
  • 1963 Aston Martin DB5
  • 1967 Toyota 2000 GT
  • 1968 Aston Martin DBS
  • 1971 Mercury Cougar
  • 1971 Mustang Mach 1
  • 1976 Lotus Esprit
  • 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo
  • 1985 Aston Martin V8
  • 1995 BMW Z3
  • 1997 BMW 750il
  • 1999 BMW Z8
  • 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish
  • 2006 Aston Martin DBS V12

The Bond Cars Change with the Times

Bonds penchant for driving the premier car available at the time of each movie’s release has become a hallmark of the film franchise. The vehicles chosen are often the only indication of the modern world, outside of the carefully protected Bond universe. Bond wears clothing which cannot easily be tied to a specific era. The cities he visits have remained largely unchanged for centuries. Even the casinos he frequents are gaming palaces renowned for their tradition.

James Bond is a timeless character and his unchanging ways are a big reason why he has been popular for decades. Only his cars mark the passage of time and the evolution of culture.

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