Top 40 James Bond Vehicles Of All Time

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1985. Aston Martin Vantage 2
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#8-1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

The return of the Aston Martins

Appeared in: The Living Daylights

1987 marked the return for James Bond to the Aston Martin marquee after having a brief yet memorable fling with a couple of Lotus’s. With 380 HP from its V8 engine and an ability to hit 60 MPH in 5.3 seconds, there definitely was enough power to outrun a couple of Russian Ladas. At the beginning of the film, Bond’s V8 Vantage has a convertible soft top but is set up for winter duty by Q-branch along with a couple of choice gadgets which we’ve listed below. Thankfully, Bond happens to use all of these.

  • Police Band radio
  • Tire Spikes
  • Jet Engine behind the license plate
  • Retractable outriggers
  • Heat seeking missiles behind the foglights
  • Lasers in front wheel hubcaps
  • Bulletproof Windows
  • A fireproof body
  • and a Self-Destruct system

At the time of filming, the decision to use Aston Martin came late in production and there was already a sizable waiting list for V8 Vantage Volantes. Obtaining an Aston Martin proved to be difficult. Instead, three were purchased and eight were made to be fiberglass mock-ups. Of the three driveable Vantage’s, one was an unmodified Vantage used for filming, the second was a stunt car and the third was a special effects car with an assortment of gadgets installed.

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