Top five James Bond cars

Top five James Bond cars
It probably hasn't escaped your notice that there's a new James Bond film coming next week.

"Skyfall" will be the third Bond movie to star the gritty Daniel Craig, and it promises to feature a plethora of automotive cameos.
Naturally, a certain classic Aston Martin makes its appearance in Skyfall – in fact, it'll be the sixth time an Aston Martin DB5 has been used in a Bond picture – and the association between Ian Flemming's literary character and the British sports car maker is a legendary one.

But, as we all know, Q hasn't always given Bond the keys to an Aston. Lotus, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and even British Leyland have all tasted the Bond magic by supplying JB with a tasty set of wheels.

So, to mark the release of "Skyfall", we've brought together our favourite Bond cars and their car chases over the last 50 years. Enjoy.

Aston Martin Vanquish, Die Another Day

Marking the return of the Aston Martin-Bond relationship, it featured front mounted rockets, bonnet mounted self-targeting guns and the all-important ejector seat, used unconventionally to right the car after it flipped on its roof. The V12-powered Vanquish used spiked tyres to grip during the frozen lake chase and used "adaptive camouflage" to effectively turn the Aston invisible.

BMW 750iL, Tomorrow Never Dies

Returning to find villains surrounding his BMW, Bond uses his then "smartphone" as a remote control to drive the 750iL. After jumping through the rear window onto the back seats, Bond uses the car's full arsenal of roof-mounted rockets and boot-mounted caltrops through the epic multi-story car park chase.

Aston Martin DBS, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace

The second Aston Martin in our top five, but the DBS from these two Bond films had to feature, not least because both neglected to use any on-board gadgetry (rolling in Casino Royale and surviving an onslaught from a truck in Quantum of Solace). However, they more than made up for it by sounding as good as they looked.

Lotus Esprit, The Spy Who Loved Me

The infamous Lotus that turned into a submarine had to make it into the top five. Not only does it allow Bond to foil the baddies in an all-time classic style, but he does it all while impressing his beautiful sidekick along the way. Now we just need to find out how that fish made its way in the water-tight Lotus...

Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger

Despite their best efforts, no Bond car has come close to the iconic Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. It has it all: Smoke screen, bullet shield, pop out guns and even rotating number plates. Add to that the beautiful lines of the classic DB5 and you have yourself the ultimate Bond car.

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