The many cars of 007
Bond, James Bond. Those words were uttered in the first Bond movie, Dr. No, in October, 1962, making this the 50th anniversary of the debut of the action movie franchise. Everyone knows Bond and his adventures, his sexual conquests, Q's gadgets and – above all – the cars.
Skyfall, which debuts at the end of October, will be the 23rd film in the sequence. The golden anniversary of this long-lived and most successful series will be marked in many other ways. A new boxed set of the entire package of the 22 “official” EON-produced Bond movies in Blu-Ray is coming. The Toronto International Film Festival is mounting a Bond exhibit called Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond, which will include a special screening of the six movies that featured arch-villain Ernst Blofeld (think Dr. Evil in the Mike Myers satires). This exhibit has already been seen in London.
More car-related is the exhibit, Bond in Motion, which is now on at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu in England until the end of the year. Fifty of the most important cars and other vehicles used in the Bond movies are featured, including the signature Aston Martin DB5.
Over the 50-year sweep of Bond movies, the cars have played important roles – arguably as important as the many of the key characters. How many cars have we seen in the first 22 Bond movies? There is a weekly magazine-style publication which ran over 120 issues – a different car in each issue – before it ran out of steam.
Focusing on the most notable Bond cars we can cut the list down to something smaller. Above all is the 1963 Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in one form or another in six movies so far, starting with Goldfinger in 1963. Expect to see it back in the upcoming Skyfall and in all future Bond movies for at least a cameo appearance.
You can see the entire feature in the Winter edition of PRN Ignition, available on newsstands now.