Since it’s authentic inception 46 years ago, the character of James Bond has become synonymous with espionage, gorgeous females, exotic places and luxurious vehicles. Indeed, over the course of 22 movies and many novels (*along with a newly announced 23rd movie to come), James Bond as an action icon has an automotive legacy that involves a few of the worlds finest cars.
James Bond has possibly driven more different kinds of cars than any additional screen character in cinema history. From the Sixties cool of the Sunbeam Alpine and Aston Martin, through the Seventies and Eighties with svelte Lotus Esprits, to the Nineties chic of BMW sportscars, and speeding into the 21st Century with Aston Martin’s beast of the automobile – the Vanquish, James Bond as well as the stars who’ve portrayed him have been behind the wheel of most worlds perfect vehicles.
We’ll consider all them in time, but as the level of the list is somewhat extensive, for the sake of simplicity we’ll commence at the beginning with all the first Bond film, 1962’s “Dr.No”.
The initially 007 film is somewhat noteworthy for not showcasing the device loaded cars future movies might feature prominently. Indeed, in this initial cinematic outing for Bond, he forced a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine. Light blue in color, the Sunbeam was considered somewhat unspectacular in it’s day as well as the film as a result didn’t feature the vehicle as anything over exactly what it was; a method to receive Bond from point a to point b. It became a mere production model and didn’t have the cache of cool future cars driven by Bond might have in spades. The same can be mentioned of the vehicles showcased in the next Bond film, 1963’s “From Russia With Love”. James forced four.5 Liter Bentley Sports Tourer (which had been a favorite of Ian Fleming, writer of the Bond novels), and was equally chauffeured in a black Rolls Royce. While those 2 vehicles are absolutely nothing to scoff at, it wouldn’t be until the 3rd feature movie in the series that Bond might start to become synonymous with beautiful cars.
“Goldfinger”, introduced in 1964, was the very first time James Bond will be assigned what was to become his signature vehicle: the Aston Martin. In this movie, James forces an Aston Martin DB Mark III, which was initially tailored for a certain purpose: racing. This auto was truly the only gadget-laden car to be revealed in the authentic Bond novels, though writer Ian Fleming mostly prevented gadgetry in his books. It included switches to alter the kind of color of the front and back lights, reinforced steel bumpers, a Colt .45 pistol in a trick compartment under the driver’s seat, along with a homing device synonymous to the DB5 in the movie.
However Ken Adam, the creation designer, and John Stears, the specialized effects supervisor, were nonetheless not happy. In the autumn of 1963, they visited the Aston Martin functions in Newport Pagnell, in purchase to address many modifications with a group of designers. They selected what was then your quickest horse in the stall: a silver metallic Aston Martin DB5 (silver birch might have been the factory standard). According to the script, Bond was to escape with all the vehicle and then protect himself with it. To create this potential, the following extras were installed in the car with all the license plate BMT 216 A:
– Two machine guns which moved forward from behind the parking lights
– Smoke canisters, which were rigged to shoot from the exhaust pipes
– A retractable bullet shield placed in the vehicles tail end
– License plates that can change to reflect different nations of origin
– An ejection seat, rigged from an fighter airplane cockpit assembly
Also included were an oil spray device, a radar screen, a room which shot out nails onto the road, an extending front bumper and tire cutters that rotated found on the wheel hubs.
Despite the added espionage and action associated devices for the cause of filming, the actual vehicle was built with a certain energy output of 330 horsepower and it’s top speed of 232 km/h was not handicapped by some of the extras needed for the movie.
Future articles usually delve into the James Bond vehicles by decade, but the initially signature James Bond auto deserved its own devoted write-up.