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Seeing a model as long-lived as the Lotus Esprit evolve over time generally requires some clever photography or graphical work, kind of like this. This video doesn't require any of that trickery, though, because it features every single model year of Espirt in one glorious row of awesome British cars.

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.

Paris 2010: Lotus Esprit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

1980 Lotus Esprit with SHO conversion – Click above for high-res image gallery.

Click above for a gallery of the Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me