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The 50 Best Bond Cars And Gadgets

Remember when Q Branch used to give Bond some fun toys to play with?

Can you believe that 007 has been battering baddies, swigging champers, writing off hot motors and generally being a sex pest to the female population at large for 50 years now? That’s why, armed with the Bond 50 Blu-ray box set, we set out to spy our way through all 22 movies in a bid to list our 50 favorite vehicles and gizmos, in chronological order.


GEAR
Fairey Huntress
MOVIE
From Russia With Love
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
V8 Interceptor engines that sound like a T-Rex trying to use a snorkel.
BOND BITE
It’s the movie’s water-bound finale, and Bond is aboard this boat with love interest Tatiana at his side. In pursuit are four SPECTRE speedboats with arch-villain, Morzeny, at the helm of the lead tub. There’s a three and a half minute pedal to the metal, balls-out death chase until Bond swings his Huntress around and pops his pistol into the fuel tanks of Morzeny’s hapless craft. Cue large explosion, screams and a barbecued baddie. The Fairey was so fast during filming this sequence that the camera boats couldn’t keep up, so filming was continually stopped to allow them to catch up.


GEAR
Aston Martin DB5
MOVIE
Goldfinger
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
Front wing 7.6mm machine guns, dash-mounted tracking system, bulletproof rear shield, oil-slick dispenser, tire scythes, ejector seat, bulletproof windows and revolving number plates. This baby is loaded.
BOND BITE
Captured by Goldfinger’s goons, Bond is held at gunpoint and forced to drive the DB5. He makes his escape by dispatching his pistol-toting passenger with the ejector seat. Shame he then crashes the bastard into a wall.


GEAR
Rolls Royce Phantom III
MOVIE
Goldfinger
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
A classic motor with a honking great V12 engine, but then it’d need to be, as this Rolls is crafted out of solid gold!
BOND BITE
It’s as much about the motor’s chauffeur as it is about the classy ride, as the scene where 007 kicks Auric Goldfinger’s 24-carat butt at golf is where we see head henchmen Oddjob and his razor-edged Bowler hat for the first time.



GEAR
Parachute
MOVIE
Goldfinger
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
The power to turn icy femme fatale Pussy Galore into putty in Connery’s hairy, hairy hands.
BOND BITE
It’s the penultimate scene and things are looking grim for Bond onboard Goldfinger’s escape plane, flown by the lovely Pussy. A struggle ensues, and Goldfinger’s gun goes off, shattering one of the plane’s windows. The bratwurst-chomping villain is sucked out to certain death while Miss Galore and Bond jump to safety, using the chute which - on landing - transforms into some form of mystical sex duvet. Genius.


GEAR
Tow Sled
MOVIE
Thunderball
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
Twin-mounted high-velocity spear guns.
BOND BITE
The majority of the movie featured underwater action, so 14 of these bad boys were used during filming. Their key moment comes when mad villain Largo’s diver thugs use them to transport a captured nuke underwater. That is, until Bond comes steaming in on his Sled and starts spearing goons like a Japanese whaler.


GEAR
Little Nellie
MOVIE
You Only Live Twice
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
Front-mounted machine guns, rear-mounted flamethrowers and a shit-load of rockets. Oh and some aerial mines, just in case.
BOND BITE
Having received Little Nellie from Q in four alligator cases, Bond sets about assembling the autogyro. Once airborne and on his way to Blofeld’s secret rocket base, our suit-loving spy is attacked by four nasty gunships. Cool as a cucumber, Bond uses his deft aerial skills and Nellie’s spectacular firepower to roast of all four birds.


GEAR
Burial-At-Sea-Bed
MOVIE
You Only Live Twice
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
Davey Jones’ locker. With built-in aqualung.
BOND BITE
For this, the fifth instalment, scriptwriter Roald Dahl (Of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory fame) decided to kill Bond at the kick-off of the movie. After Bond is buried at sea, he is immediately retrieved by two divers. Once aboard a navy vessel, the bed is ripped open to reveal Bond in full uniform, happily sucking away on 02 courtesy of his breathable hammock.


GEAR
Mercury Cougar XR7
MOVIE
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
007
George Lazenby
SUPER SPY SPEC
Uprated 400bhp 428 Cobra Jet engine, with Ram Air induction and scoop.
BOND BITE
In a bid to shimmy away from gimmicky gadgets, Bond producers elected to go for some hardcore muscle, introducing the Cougar and upping the ante with car chases. The stand out scenes for stunts is the ice rink sequence, but for raw power, it’s the stock car chase where the Mercury cuts through the pack like a hot knife through poop (we’re not very good at similes).


GEAR
Ford Mustang Mach 1
MOVIE
Diamonds are Forever
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
428 Cobra Jet engine with uprated suspension.
BOND BITE
The killer scene for this auto-beast is where Bond flips the car onto two wheels to escape the chasing hoods down a narrow alley. When shooting, US stunt driver Joey Chipwood cracked it first time and the shot was wrapped. However, dozy filmmakers realized a little later they needed a shot of the car exiting the alley, so the stunt needed nailing again. After a truckload of fails, a French driver finally bagged the stunt until it was realized that the car had come down on the wrong side and the wrong wheels, so a sequence mid-alley was created where Bond - with the help of a sexy assistant - magically flip the Mach 1 from one set of wheels to the other.


GEAR
Bath-O-Sub
MOVIE
Diamonds Are Forever
007
Sean Connery
SUPER SPY SPEC
Full on escape submersible, originally equipped with killer spear guns.
BOND BITE
Two Bath-O-Subs were commissioned for the movie, one operational, and a second, concrete sub for the end sequence where Bond gets hold of the crane controls that are lowering the pod (and an escaping Blofeld) into the sea. Bond, in a moment of psychotic ingenuity, turns the crane, pod and Blofeld into a human wrecking-ball. The working Bath-O-Sub was designed by George Barris, who also fashioned the original Batmobile and Knightrider’s KITT.

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