To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise and leading into the release of the new 007 movie “Skyfall,” an automotive research and comparison website has posted the Top 10 best cars used by filmdom’s super secret agent.
The fans have spoken and the all-time favourite James Bond car is the Aston Martin DB5, used in the movie Goldfinger in 1964.
Total Car Score invited visitors to its Facebook page to choose their favourite car used by James Bond in the movies. More that 900 people from across the United States participated in the online survey and their overwhelming choice from a list of cars driven by 007 from Dr. No, in 1962, to Quantum of Solace, in 2008, was the Aston Martin DB5.
The carmaker actually swept the Top 3 survey positions. The DB5 was chosen by 55 percent of respondents, followed by Quantum of Solace’s DBS (20 percent) and Die Another Day’s Vanquish (10 percent).
“It seems the Aston Martin DB5 has everything that makes a Bond car a Bond car,” says Total Car Score’s editor-in-chief Karl Brauer, commenting on the opinions surveyed on Facebook. “I have to agree. The classic DB5 was the coolest Bond car ever.”
Brauer points out that the first Bond car, a Sunbeam Alpine in Dr. No, fit the James Bond image, but the Aston Martin, that made its debut in Goldfinger, “set a standard that has yet to be eclipsed.
“The DB5’s sleek profile can stand on its own,” he said. “Throw in oil jets, machine guns and an ejector seat and you’re left with a Bond icon so powerful they’ve brought it back for the modern movies.”
Through the years, 007 has slipped behind the wheel of brands like Lotus, Bentley and BMW but his roots remain riveted to Aston Martin. In 2002, Bond went after his nemesis in a Aston Martin Vanquish, perhaps marking his return to the nameplate. The Bond car in the new movie Skyfall, set to open in mid November, is the new Vanquish.
“It’s a brand that feels like the proper Bond tool for thwarting baddies,” Brauer says. “The new Aston Martin Vanquish will surely be a stunning vehicle on and off the screen.”