HGF The Bond Cars

Car and Driver tests several Bond cars and is left underwhelmed. It turns out they may have actually used special effects in the production of these films! 

There are two ways James Bond’s cars are portrayed in film: seductively sitting still (often draped with beautiful women) or blazing across the screen in some of the most exciting car-chase sequences ever made for the big screen. But in many cases, there’s got to be some serious lens trickery going on: upon reviewing our test data for some of James Bond’s coolest cars, we found that not only are Bond’s rides seldom the fastest cars of their time, some of them couldn’t catch a bad guy on a bicycle. This could explain why some of those chase scenes take so long.

In any case, enjoy some of my favorites. The rest can be found here.

Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger (1964)

  • 4.0-liter inline-6 (282 hp, 288 lb-ft)
  • 0–60 mph: 8.1 seconds
  • Quarter-mile: N/A

BMW 750iL – Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

  • 5.4-liter V-12 (322 hp, 361 lb-ft)
  • 0–60 mph: 6.3 seconds
  • Quarter-mile: 14.8 @ 98 mph

BMW Z8 The World is Not Enough (1999)

  • 4.9-liter V-8 (394 hp, 369 lb-ft)
  • 0–60 mph: 4.5 seconds
  • Quarter-mile: 13.0 @ 111 mph

Aston Martin VanquishDie Another Day (2002)

  • 5.9-liter V-12 (460 hp, 400 lb-ft)
  • 0–60 mph: 4.4 seconds
  • Quarter-mile: 12.9 @ 115 mph


8 thoughts on “HGF The Bond Cars

  1. JRoosh,

    You should be burned as a witch for publishing such blasphemy against the quintessential “guy movie” franchise! Everyone knows that an ejection seat was never standard equipment on any Aston Martin. One could argue that, for over $200,000, The AM Vanquish Should have a cloaking device & missiles behind the grill, but they don’t. So clearly, they tricked out. That is why MI-6 has Q.

    Oh, & who cares? The movies KICK ASS! 😀

  2. James Bond could make a ’66 VW bug accelrate like V2 & corner like a P51. Why? Because he’s James F’n Bond, that’s why.

  3. Thankfully, I didn’t see the The Man with the Golden Gun’s AMC Hornet or Matador Coupe in that list. No self respecting spy should ever throw his license to kill in the glove box of an AMC.

  4. Man with a Golden Gun was a low point on many accounts, even worse than Moonraker IMO. Just goes to show how Keynesian policies can screw anything up.

  5. Whoa! I had a chance at a Matador once, and I should have taken it. Parents sold it to my cousin and the thing ran forever. The tips of the mini-fins rusted away and left horribly sharp edges to catch fine coats upon in their place. 🙁

  6. I had a ’76 fishbowl. Got it for $100 and drove it for three months, push starting it the last month. Might have had it longer, but I hurt an ankle.

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