OO7 50 Greatest Bond Cars
James Bond is hitting the road,
literally, in OO7 50 Greatest Bond Cars, a new book that features
unforgettable cars from the 25 films in the Bond franchise, starting
with the most legendary of them all – the Aston Martin DB5. First
introduced in Goldfinger (1964), the DB5 was fitted with several Q
Branch modifications, including rotating number plates, extendible
overriders, a tracking device, a bulletproof screen, smoke canisters,
tire slashers, an oil slick, spikes for disabling pursuers, hidden
machine guns, and that all-important ejector seat. Bond’s other
automotive adventures feature the Lotus Esprit transforming into a
heavily armed submarine, as well as the moon buggy in Diamonds Are
Forever (1971) and the yellow Citroen 2CV in For Your Eyes Only (1981),
all proving that 007 can master any vehicle. And there’s the Aston
Martin DBS Superleggera from upcoming No Time To Die.
featured in 50 Greatest Bond Cars – which is out now from Hero
Collector, a division of Eaglemoss – are some of the unforgettable
vehicles driven by Bond’s friends and allies. In You Only Live Twice
(1967), the Japanese Secret Intelligence Service agent Aki collects 007
in the beautiful Toyota 2000GT, while in Octopussy (1983) MI6 agent
Vijay takes 007 on a 70-mph chase through the crowded streets of
Udaipur in an Auto Rickshaw. And, of course, the book includes the cars
driven by Bond’s adversaries, including Goldfinger’s famous Rolls Royce
Phantom III, the extraordinary Corvorado driven by Mr. Big’s henchman
Whisper in Live and Let Die (1973), and Scaramanga’s flying car from
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).
Branch proves appearances can be deceptive with its unique Lotus
Esprit. The high-performance sports car transforms into a submarine,
fully equipped with an impressive array of underwater weaponry.
watching The Spy Who Loved Me are amazed when Bond drives his Esprit
off a jetty and into the seas. But what happens next is more remarkable
still: the Esprit transforms into a submarine. Nicknamed 'Wet Willie,'
the Lotus is made of waterproof, lightweight fibreglass. It can drive
100 metres and remain submerged for up to two hours. 007 then tests the
Esprit's weaponry in an underwater battle with Karl Stromberg's frogmen.
Greatest Bond Cars features images from the Bond archives, as well as
brand-new detailed illustrations showing the gadgets, weaponry and
distinctive features of each vehicle. The book also provides
comprehensive facts and figures on each vehicle, as well as
descriptions of their key scenes and stunts. 50 Greatest Bond Cars is a
hardcover title priced at $19.95 in U.S., $26.95 in Canada and 9.99