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How do you pick the best Bond cars? You could choose the best original car, the best gadgets, the most iconic or just how they are used in race or chase scenes. This simple answer is a combination of all of the above. I give you my top five Bond cars:

FIVE – Aston Martin Vanquish – Die Another Day

If it was a list of the best gadgets on a car this one would be top of the list but the invisibility thing just goes a little too far even for a Bond movie. For that reason I nearly dropped it from the list completely, but I have to admit the chase scene it was involved in was pretty good largely because of the opposition. A flash car with gadgets and weapons in a mainstay of the Bond franchise but to give one to a villain is a novel idea, that’s exactly what they did with Zao’s Jaguar XKR.

Four – BMW 750iL – Tomorrow Never Dies, Movie

To choose a classic Bond car is a balance between how cool the original car was, what it does in the movie and what gadgets Q has added to it. The BMW is amongst the least exciting Bond car but the remote control is a neat trick and the car park chase is a great scene.

Three – Aston Martin V8 Vantage – The Living Daylights

The spiritual successor to the DB5 of Goldfinger the Vantage has wheel-mounted lasers (an great update of the DB5’s tyre slashers), If you believe Q’s description many of Bonds cars have missiles concealed behind the headlights, but hear we actually get to see them in action. The chase scene is pretty good too.

Two – Lotus Esprit – The Spy Who Loved Me

Choosing a replacement for Bonds iconic Aston Martin was an impossible task but the Lotus Esprit was a pretty good choice, the British sports car is sleeker and more modern than the old car, and that’s before they tuned it into a submarine!

One – Aston Martin DB5 – Gold finger (also seen in Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Casino Royale)

If I have to explain this one too you, you are reading the wrong list.

And here is the old Aston in action, its finest hour?

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