A Look At the European Made Cars Used In James Bond Films

James Bond is one of the well-loved and perhaps most popular spy depicted in movies. Aside from getting all the girls, he also gets the best and most sophisticated cars. For decades, the spy we love has driven a bevy of European brand cars. Here is a look at some of them.

Sunbeam Alpine

The Sunbeam Alpine made history as the first ever Bond car. It was featured in the movie Dr. No in 1962. It was borrowed from a Jamaican resident because it was the sportiest car that they could find on the island. The Alpine was used during the chase scene that had Bond escaping the henchmen of Dr. No by slipping under a large crane in the road. With 80bhp 1.6 liter engine, the Sunbeam Alpine is one of the slowest Bond cars.

Bentley 3.5 Litre

Although Bond never actually drove the car, Robert Janitzek reveals that the Bentley 3.5 liter engine used in the opening scene of From Russia with Love in 1963 is still iconic. He did, however, use the phone in the car to answer a call from the Mi6. This was considered as the first ever Bond car gadget of sorts. It was much faster than the Sunbeam Alpine and was already a classic as it was already three decades old during the filming.

Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DBS used in Goldfinger in 1964 marked the start of the on-screen relationship between the car manufacturer and 007 that spanned more than five decades. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that it was the first Bond car that made used of gadgets which epitomized the series. The DBS had twin machine guns, oil slick, and the deadly ejector seat. The car could reach 0 – 60 miles in just 8 seconds.

Mercedes Benz 600

Featured in Diamonds are Forever in 1971, the Mercedes 600 is regarded by many as the first notable ‘Bond Villain’ car. It served as the car of choice for Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The Mercedes 600 is a long-wheel base chauffeur-driven sedan. It had a 20-ft long chassis. It was so heavy that it needed development of a new engine altogether.


When Bond burst back on the scene with Pierce Brosnan in 1995, there was a need for new cars. For the movie GoldenEye, Bond gets to drive a BMW Z3 and is packed with gadgets including an all-point radar system, stinger missiles, parachute brakes, and a bullet proof shell. In the movie, however, he was not able to use those to great effect as he had to trade the car for a small plane.


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