3 of the best James Bond Cars

That Will Make You Forget You're a Parent

(at least for a brief moment)

by Bill Flitter

Just how cool would it be taking the kids to baseball practice or dance class in one of the many James Bond Cars? What dad (or mom) wouldn’t love to play our kid’s chauffeur driving in one of the many tricked-out Bond-mobiles?

If you told me you have never dreamed of owning one of the James Bond cars complete with special spy attachments so that you could shred tires, go under water, or blast a smoke screen when frantically driving around town to get one kid to a birthday party and the other to soccer practice across town, I would say you’re lying.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to break any laws, but it would be nice to be able to drive a vehicle shrouded in an invisibility cloak should the need ever arise. Can you relate?

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3 of the Most Tricked Out James Bond Cars

For some dads, “getting away” means playing a round of golf, chilling at their favorite fishing hole, or watching football.

Not me. Get me behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5. I’ll tap the gas and in 7.3 seconds I’ll be in a different world — at least for a moment. Not only would I want to drive my kids everywhere, but I’d also be considered “the coolest dad in the history of forever.”

Not to mention, driving to Little League games and dance recitals in a James Bond car would be just plain awesome!

Aston Martin DB5

James Bond is well known for many things, including high intrigue, “shaken, not stirred” martinis, beautiful women, and of course the most tricked-out exotic cars imaginable. A Bond movie just wouldn’t be the same without a car chase or two, complete with special spy attachments so that 007 could rip out tires, fire rockets, or split cars in half with a laser. There was one car that could do that and more—the Aston Martin DB5.

3 OF THE BEST JAMES BOND CARS That Will Make You Forget You're a Dad

Specs

  • 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 142 mph
  • DOHC Straight six, 3995 cc, 282 bhp @ 5500 rpm 280 lbs-ft @ 4500 rpm
  • Outfitted with machine guns, an oil sprayer, tire shredders, rotating number plates, a tracking system and an ejector seat

The most iconic James Bond car—the Aston Martin DB5—appeared in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, and Skyfall. Not to mention, the DB5 remains as the most recognizable Bond car ever. Aston Martin produced the DB5 from 1963 to 1965 and only built 1,059 of them. 

Lotus Esprit S1

Everyone has their favorite Bond car, and for some, it might be the Lotus Esprit S1. The car had a long production run from 1976 to 2004 and featured a polygonal folded-paper design. The Esprit S1 appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me, and it surprisingly featured the ability to become a submarine. The movie released in 1977, a year after the car was first introduced.  The sleek design of the Lotus Esprit resembles a shark that wants to be a jet that wants to be a rocket shooting through space. Fast, lean, and submersible, the James Bond Lotus Esprit could do it all.

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Gadgetry

  • 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds
  • Security system that sprayed tear gas and delivered electric shocks to intruders
  • Fingerprint-protected safe hidden behind the passenger airbag compartment
  • Remote-controlled via mobile app
  • Roof-mounted rocket launcher, self-sealing and re-inflating tires, a cable-cutting device in the front bonnet emblem and a caltrop dispenser under the rear bumper

Lotus Esprit S1 Trivia

Here’s some interesting trivia: You might not be surprised to learn that Elon Musk purchased the car from the movie in 2013 through an auction for £650,000. Currently, in addition to developing electric cars, Musk is also developing a Tesla electric powertrain for a submarine, and he hopes to someday release a car that does actually turn into a submarine. For some, childhood dreams do come true.

BMW 750iL

The BMW 750iL appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies and came packed with 12 sunroof-mounted rockets, a wire cutter that popped up from the roundel, a hidden gun compartment behind the airbag, tire-shredding tetrahedrons that deployed from the rear bumper, and re-inflating tires. As you can see in the clip below, Bond’s Beemer also featured a remote control, complete with smoke bombs. How cool is that?

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Gadgetry

  • 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds
  • Security system that sprayed tear gas and delivered electric shocks to intruders
  • Fingerprint-protected safe hidden behind the passenger airbag compartment
  • Remote controlled via mobile app
  • Roof-mounted rocket launcher, self-sealing and re-inflating tires, a cable cutting device in the front bonnet emblem and a caltrop dispenser under the rear bumper

Be A Dreamer

You may not be able to get your own Bond car, but you could buy a BMW 750i, minus the weaponry, of course. The 750i starts at $93,000 and goes up to $135,000, depending on the features. If you have that kind of cool cash, then Carjojo can definitely set you up with the best deal.

2017 BMW 750i Base xDrive Sedan

Over to You

Any of these James Bond cars will get you to Little League games in record time, that is, if you’re not being chased by henchmen. Which of the many Bond cars can you see yourself driving? Better yet, what 007 gadget do you secretly wish you owned to help with daily driving? You’d never want an ejector seat, or would you?