How much would Bond’s cars cost you now?
The infamous secret service agent, James Bond has been appearing on the silver screen for over 50 years. With 23 films under his belt – and one more due to be released this October – Ladbrokes have been looking at one of the key areas of his appeal – his cars – and seeing how much these would cost now.
While it’s pretty obvious 007 likes the finer things in life, his cars are always second to none and feature a number of gadgets. Here’s five of the best.
Aston Martin DB5
This car, which made its bow in Goldfinger, has since appeared in numerous other Bond movies – and been at the centre of many of his best moments; although that initial introduction (complete with ejector seat explanation) by Q is still the best. The 1964 model DB5s are certainly available to buy, but at an average price of around £295,000 used – you could get 10 or more family cars for that price.
1983’s Octopussy might not be as well received as the other Bond films, but it does feature this cool car. The Alfa GTV6 is stolen from an unsuspecting German passer-by in the movie, before Bond takes it to Octopussy’s circus to deactivate a bomb. You can get one of these for around £17,000 and it does have some great specs to earn a place of the Ladbrokes list, such as the 2.5-litre SOHC V6 engine, which helped it win several races.
Another of the cool Aston Martin models used by Bond, this one featured in an exciting chase through the snow in 1987’s The Living Daylights, and it costs around £85,000 used now. With a top speed of 170 mph, thanks to a 5.3-litre L V8 engine, high grade camshafts and large carburettors, it was named the first supercar in Britain on its release.
This is another great car, which featured in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). In that movie, Bond drives it under the sea to escape a helicopter, where it converts into a submarine. Real models don’t do this, but they are very cool, futuristic looking vehicles with 5-speed manual transmission and Lotus 907 4-cylinder engine. The price nowadays would be £25,000, roughly the cost of a couple of family cars.
This is deployed for comedic effect in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, as Bond borrows it from his girl to make a hasty escape through an olive farm in Spain. Despite being unglamorous, it has retro charm and engines ranging from 375 cc to 602 cc (depending on which era model you pick up). At just £2,500 you can get a used one for less than many family cars, and it certainly has appeal, even if it doesn’t set pulses racing.
The average man will always dream of possessing a Bond car, but most will remain out of reach, on the silver screen.
The new Bond film Spectre, featuring Daniel Craig, is due to be released on October 26 2015.