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007 Best James Bond Cars

It's the 55th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No. And although that movie's automotive offerings were thin (Sean Connery drove a Sunbeam Alpine), it kicked off the longest-running film series in history that just-so-happens to be inescapably linked to some truly incredible cars. In fact, it was tough to come up with only seven, but hey, how could we not choose 007 of them? 

So yeah, feel free to complain about the ones we left out (sorry Z8, DBS and Vanquish lovers) and those that made the cut, but to paraphrase Mr. Bond in Casino Royale, "does it look like we give a damn?"

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Aston Martin DB5

Forget the No. 1 James Bond car of all time, there is an argument to be made that the DB5 is the No. 1 movie car of all time. It was even once dubbed "the most famous car in the world." The DB5 is the one upon which all others are compared. 
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Aston Martin DB5

To explain how the modern 007 owns a 50-year-old Aston Martin, the origin story Casino Royale shows that Daniel Craig's Bond wins it in a poker game. This is subsequently forgotten in Skyfall when the DB5 makes its return as effectively the gadget-filled original (and with its right-hand drive restored). Ah, whatever.
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Lotus Esprit S1

... And it's a submarine. A freakin' submarine. It was so convincing that Elon Musk bought one of the original film props expecting it to work. It didn't. The transformation from car to submarine took several different models, while the submarine itself wasn't water-tight and was piloted by divers. (For the record Mr. Musk, we would rather have a functional one of these than a Model X). 
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Lotus Esprit Turbo

There are actually two Esprits in For Your Eyes Only, this white one that gets dispatched early, and the second, more iconic one, done up in burnt red, gold wheels and a ski rack. 
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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The Vantage starts the film as a Volante convertible then is (absolutely nonsensically) "winterized" to include outrigger skis, tire spikes, lasers in the wheel hubs, a rocket afterburner and missiles behind the driving lights.
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BMW 750iL

People hate on James Bond driving German cars, but for those of a certain age, Pierce Brosnan and his BMW's are iconic (A certain editor, perhaps the one who put this little gallery together, may even own one). Of the Bond Bimmers, the 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies is our choice as the best of bunch.
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Toyota 2000GT Roadster

One of the best, most iconic cars to ever come out of Japan. Featured in You Only Live Twice, the 2000GT is driven first by Akiko Wakabayashi's Aki before Bond has a go later on. It features an on-board video phone oh-so-conveniently located behind the seats. 
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Aston Martin DB10

Daniel Craig's James Bond has been an Aston guy. While the DBS' Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace have their moments, they weren't equipped with the sort of gadgets many expect from a proper Bond car. The DB10 changed that with its flame throwers, guns (not loaded) and ejector seat. 
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Mercury Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet

This is effectively the same car that Bond drives in Diamonds Are Forever -- a Mustang Mach 1 that does a wheelie on the right wheels before somehow flipping onto its left wheels. However, the Mercury Cougar XR7 with that Mach 1's same Cobra Jet engine is not only the prettier car, but was used to much greater and spectacular affect two years earlier in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The fact that's an exponentially better film than the silly, pacing-challenged Diamonds does have something to do with this.
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Mercury Cougar XR7 Cobra Jet

Tracy's Cougar looks just as good today as it did in 1969. Those hood latch cables signify the Cobra Jet engine (and Ram Air scoop), a 428 V8 good for 335 horsepower. A rare option and the best you could get in 1969 -- perfect for Mrs. Bond. 
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