Elon Musk is sharing his ownership of the Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me with every Tesla Model S owner thanks to a nifty Easter egg in the car's software. He also pays homage to a classic piece of sci-fi literature.
James Bond is used to being outgunned. Often working alone, 007 has developed a knack for taking out major criminal syndicates and terrorists despite this routine disadvantage. But in his latest film, Spectre, we suspect Mr. Bond will have met his match in at least one regard – the car being driven by his nemesis, Franz Oberhauser, played by Christoph Waltz.
James Bond has driven a variety of vehicles over the course of his long and fictitious career in espionage, but few marques have been as intrinsically tied to the famous spy as Aston Martin. For the past few films that's come down to the DBS, but for the next one, 007 is switching to the one you see here.
With 007's Skyfall hitting theaters this weekend, we couldn't help but reflect on our favorite Bond cars throughout history. Of course there's the classic DB5, which is set to make yet another appearance in the series' latest installment. But, for us, no movie car can outdo the submarining white Lotus Esprit featured in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me.
The next installment in the Bond franchise, Skyfall, is on the way in six weeks. The Aston Martin DB5 is back and the Honda motorcycles used in the film are already in the British Motor Museum tucked in with the 50 Years of Bond exhibit. And now this: UK satellite channel Sky is launching a Sky Movies 007 channel in high-def next month, where you can find all the Bond movies in one place. Even George Lazenby gets to shine again in high-pixel-count glory.
James Bond has driven a lot of noteworthy vehiclesover the course of his long, fictitious career in Her Majesty's secret service: Bentleys, Aston Martins, Lotuses, BMWs... and those are just the cars. There've been countless motorcycles, tanks and trucks as well. And in between high-speed chases across dangerous and picturesque terrain, 007 has streaked across the sky in helicopters, jets and hot-air balloons, above it in the space shuttle. Let's not forget that Bond is also a commander in the R
Over the past half-century, James Bond has driven a wide variety of vehicles. (Okay, so most of them have been Aston Martins. The point is there's been a lot of them.) And while the occasional former Bond vehicle may pop up at auction every now and then, seeing more than one or two in the same place is a rare occasion indeed.