As that well known “secret” agent James Bond gets ready to celebrate his 50th anniversary on the silver screen with today’s nationwide opening of “Skyfall,” a look back reveals that some things never change. When 007 is on the prowl you know there will be worthy villains, trick gadgets, plenty of babes, booze and, of course, an assortment of hot cars.
Actually, over the last century, Bond, James Bond, has found himself behind the wheel of a fire engine, a moon buggy, a Russian tank and has even taken the stick of a Bede BD-5 microjet. But it’s the cars that catch our eye, including some of the most lavish and exotic you can imagine, like a Lotus Esprit and a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
He’s also been stuck in less luxurious rides over the decades. In fact, the very first car we saw 007 drive in a movie was a Chevrolet Bel Air convertible – in the venerable franchise’s original film, “Dr. No.” He’s had to settle for a Ford Galaxie 500 and even an AMC Hornet X – which performed a notorious bridge jump in 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun.”