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Just taking the Aston Martin out for a quick spin!: The Top 10 Autos of James Bond

The James Bond film franchise is one of the most successful of all time. There are more than twenty films featuring the man known as 007, with planning for future films always in the works. James Bond is a household name, known by even those who have never watched a 007 film for themselves. The character of Bond is famous for being a lethal British spy, mastering the art of seduction by always managing to snag a gorgeous “Bond Girl,” taking his martini “shaken, not stirred,” and driving some pretty awesome cars. The following list details some of the most popular cars featured in the James Bond franchise, the year they first appeared, and the role they played in the films.

1963 – The Bentley Mark IV Convertible is the auto James Bond novelist Ian Fleming originally had 007 driving on paper. Filmmakers of the second Bond film From Russia With Love stayed true to Fleming's vision and placed original 007, Sean Connery, in a Bentley convertible. The Mark IV, however, is as fictional as the spy himself. The actual car used for filming was a Derby Bentley in disguise.

1964 – The Aston Martin DB5 is the automobile many consider to be the most famous car driven by James Bond. The automobile first featured in 1964's Goldfinger during Sean Connery's reign as agent 007. Connery took the wheels of the DB5 once again in 1965's Thunderball. Other models of the DB5 also appeared in Golden Eye (1995) and Casino Royale (2006). The DB5 will return once again in Skyfall (2012), driven by Daniel Craig's James Bond. The DB5 was the first Bond car to undergo alterations in Q's lab. Special features on the original car included: radar, smoke screens, machine guns, a bullet proof windshield, oil slick dispensers, and the all important passenger ejector seat.

1971 – Another notable car driven by Sean Connery was the Ford Mustang Mach 1 in Diamonds Are Forever. It was the first American made car to be featured in a Bond film. The highlight of the Mach 1's role featured during the film's famous car chase through Las Vegas. The scene is also famous for a stunt in which James Bond tips the car onto two wheels to evade the Las Vegas police down a narrow alley.

1977 – The Lotus Esprit S1 was driven by Roger Moore's James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. The body of 007's Esprit was made of fiberglass, making it ideal for underwater travel. Perhaps the most famous special Bond feature of the S1 was 007's use of it as a submarine vehicle.Bond drove it straight into the water, in one of the most memorable scenes from the film.

1981 – Roger Moore took the helm of the Citroen 2C7 when he portrayed James Bond in For Your Eyes Only. The bright yellow 2CV was not the most glamorous Bond car, but it was one of the most heavily modified by Q's lab. Just about every part of the car was modified to make it sturdier. In the 80's, Citroen released limited edition versions of the popular car for sale to the public. The limited edition 2CVs were painted bright yellow, labeled with the famous 007 insignia, and decorated with fake bullet holes.

1987 – The Aston Martin V8 appeared in The Living Daylights when Timothy Dalton took his turn in 007's shoes. Throughout the film, the V8 model changed from the Vantage to the Volante. Q added special features to the Volante, revamping it with tire spikes, a rear jet engine, front facing heat seeking missiles, and powerful lasers. The V8 was also fire proof and had the ability to self destruct when triggered.

1997 – The BMW 750iL was driven in Tomorrow Never Dies by Pierce Brosnan's 007. Q was well ahead of the curve when designing the enhancements for Bond's newest automotive addition. The 750iL featured classic Bond upgrades such as rocket launchers, wire cutters, and tires that could re-inflate. The most advanced alteration, however, was the ability for 007 to control the car from his mobile phone.

1999 – The BMW Z8 was another Bond car driven by Pierce Brosnan, this time in The World Is Not Enough. The Z8 didn't receive as much screen time as some of the other Bond cars, but it was still souped up with some of the best gadgets from Q's lab. The Z8 had armor and titanium plating. It also included air missiles, tracking systems, a listening device, and a key chain that could control the car from a remote location. Unfortunately, the Z8 met a sharp end, as it is sawed in half by a helicopter.

2002 – Pierce Brosnan drove the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish during his Bond role in Die Another Day. The V12 is heralded as being one of Bond's sexier cars. Q loaded the V12 with all the gadgets many Bond fans had to come to love, making just a few special additions. The V12 Vanquish got its name from the special equipment that allowed the car to become invisible. Couple that power with the spiked wheel enhancement, and 007 found himself driving quite a deadly winter vehicle.

2006 – The Aston Martin DBS V12 was the car driven by current 007, Daniel Craig, during his first turn as Bond in Casino Royale. The car was destroyed by the end of the film, however, but another version of the DBS V12 did appear very briefly in the opening sequence of Quantum of Solace in 2008. The DBS V12 was used as a very simple Bond car, only offering enhancements in the addition of a gun and a defibrillator. The street model averages over $200,000, with a 6-liter V12 engine and a maximum speed of 307kmh.

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