Whilst James Bond has the leading role in the films, the cars have arguably stolen the limelight over the years. For many James Bond enthusiasts, his gadgets, suits and luxurious vehicles are the most memorable aspects of the movies. With the eagerly awaited 24th official Bond movie Spectre set to be released in UK cinemas on 26th October, JCT600 carried out a survey to uncover the public’s favourite Bond car of all-time; 2,500 people were asked to pick their favourite Bond car from across the books and the films.
Here are the top five in reverse order:
#5 Aston Martin DB Mk III
Referred to as a “DB III”, James Bond drives this car in the third book, Goldfinger. It’s the only Bond car in Fleming’s novels that had gadgets installed. For the film adaptation five years later, the DB Mk III was replaced with the latest Aston Martin model – the DB5, along with the array of gadgetry that appeared on the car, which had also been enhanced for the film.
#4 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Featuring as the official car in Die Another Day, the Vanquish had some fairly outlandish embellishments, such as ‘adaptive camouflage’ which made the vehicle virtually invisible.
Whilst the standard Vanquish came with rear wheel drive and a massive 5.9-litre V12, the Vanquish used for filming was equipped with four wheel drive and adapted to increase traction on the ice, during the elaborate chase sequence with a Jaguar XKR.
#3 Jaguar XKR
The XKR featured alongside the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in 2002’s Die Another Day. It was the lead henchman, Zao’s vehicle, in the 20th James Bond film. The car was featured prominently as the vehicle involved in pursuit of Bond’s Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. If you’ve not yet seen the impressive chase sequence between the two, here it is…
#2 Aston Martin DBS V12
First seen in Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DBS V12 was ranked number 2 in JCT600’s search for the best Bond car of all time. Unlike other previous models in the film, the Aston Martin DBS V12 came equipped with just a medical kit and a gun. Destroyed during Bond’s pursuit of Le Chiffre, the stunt set the world record for the most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon in a film. However, in this particular scene, an Aston Martin DB9 was specially modified to look like the DBS V12 to enable the stunt to be carried out effectively.
#1 Aston Martin DB5
The public’s favourite Bond car of all time is hardly a surprise. Known to many as the ultimate Bond car, the DB5 remains iconic in its own right. Mark Hill – Head of Business, JCT600 Aston Martin – said: “The Aston Martin DB5 was more than just a beautiful addition to the much-loved films; the signature car became popular in its own right. Many of our Aston Martin customers talk about their love stemming from their childhood, from the days when they owned the iconic poster of Sean Connery and the DB5, which was stuck on their bedroom wall. The Aston Martin will always be a timeless classic.”
If your favourite didn’t make the top five, here’s the full top 10:
1 Aston Martin DB5 (419 votes)
2 Aston Martin DBS V12 (397 votes)
3 Jaguar XKR (296 votes)
4 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (234 votes)
5 Aston Martin DB Mk III (205 votes)
6 Aston Martin DBS (203 votes)
7 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante (85 votes)
8 The Blower Bentley (85 votes)
9 Lotus Esprit Turbo (68 votes)
10 Saab 900 Turbo (68 votes)
Aston Martin has been closely associated with the Bond series throughout its history so it is no surprise that many of the favourites are from the prestige British automaker. This close relationship has helped sell many cars over the decades and created the ultimate brand that many aspire to. With the link continuing into the future we can see this continuing to strengthen Aston Martin values, classic and modern.
Whilst the DB5 is rated the greatest Bond car of all time, Monday 26th October sees the release of Spectre, and with that comes the latest car – the Aston Martin DB10. Only time will tell if the DB10 will be looked back on so fondly in future.