James Bond, one of the most iconic and popular spy characters of all time, used some of the most innovative and revolutionary technologies to assist him in his adventures. Yet despite the watches, pens, lasers, and boats, the most fantastic capabilities lay within the automobiles he used to cruise around the world. From vehicles that shoot missiles to those that transform into watercraft, here is a list of some of the most unbelievable cars that carted around this international man of mystery.
Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger
The Aston Martin, one of the most famous racing models in the world, quickly became a symbol that went hand-in-hand with this famous spy. But, unlike regular iterations of this automobile, the Aston Martin in the movie Goldfinger came with some awesome technologies, like radar detectors, machine guns, a bulletproof shield, and even an ejector seat that allowed Bond to quickly escape the throes of danger.
Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me
Nearly as famous as the Aston Martin DB5, the Lotus Esprit used by Bond in this classic film was made famous by its ability to turn into a submarine at the press of a single button. But instead of becoming a defensive submersible, it instead came with torpedoes, depth charges, and surface-to-air missiles, allowing it to dominate opponents in any combative situation.
Aston Martin DBS V12 from Die Another Day
James Bond was put in the seat of another Aston Martin model in Die Another Day to show his devotion to this world-renowned automaker. But while the car handled phenomenally, it was the additional functions that made it such a pleasure to use; this version came with an ejector seat as well as a cloaking device that caused the car to become invisible.
BMW Z8 from The World is Not Enough
Like anyone else in the world, James Bond most likely often finds himself both fighting off hunger and thirst as he saves the world from evil villains. The creators of the movie series finally realized this and made changes to the BMW Z8 he drove in The World is Not Enough by adding six different cup holders to keep him satiated at all times. Furthermore, this car contained an arsenal of surface-to-air missiles that could be used to fight off any possible attackers, all while enjoying a few (or six) delicious beverages.
Moon Buggy from Diamonds Are Forever
Moon Buggy Chase
Truthfully, the Moon Buggy that James Bond used when he traveled to the moon didn’t come with a variety of brilliant functions other than its ability to roam around, pick up rocks, and send out warning signals. That being said, the fact that James Bond used this vehicle to land on the Moon solidifies its place in entertainment history as one of the series’ most innovative ideas.
The Spy Behind the Wheel
While James Bond quickly became famous for his international escapades against criminal organizations, he was also well known for his driving theatrics. And although his skills behind the wheel were phenomenal, it was the cars’ special functions and technologies that made them such a worldwide sensation.
Image credit goes to Nigel Smuckatelli.