With the James Bond series on a bit of a long break, we thought it would be an appropriate time to take a look at the past films and find the best cars used by the English spy.

It won’t be easy, as there were plenty of top-notch automobiles throughout the years. The current Aston Martin DBS is a stunning machine and the one we would own if it were our choice, but it doesn’t have the history and gadgets to be ranked in this article.

From Sean Connery to Roger Moore to Pierce Brosnan, every Bond actor has had a chance to drive these fabulous machines. Some longer than others.

We don’t have any James Bond experts, but that’s all right. Sometimes experts over-think things. We are just going to look at every movie as a die hard fan and pick our favorite 007 cars of all time.

Hit the jump for the list.

No. 1: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

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This was pretty simple really, as the DB5 is the perfect Bond machine. The DB5 was a space age car with amazing gadgets and it would become the hallmark Bond machine. The greatness of the car was never overshadowed by the acting excellence of Sean Connery. In fact, the car might have overshadowed Connery.

One of the many reasons why we love the DB5 were all the toys. There was an ejection seat, oil slick, machine guns, a bulletproof rear barrier, tire slashing hubcaps, and a revolving license plate. The car even had a GPS navigation system and, in 1965, that was pretty wild.

No. 2: 1977 Lotus Esprit

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Another amazing piece of design was the Lotus Esprit, created for the film, The Spy Who Loved Me. This car had a very unique feature that was designed by Q’s laboratory. Not only did it look fast standing still, but it could also be used underwater.

The Lotus was a capable submarine, able to drop underwater mines and fires lethal anti-aircraft missiles. The only downside to the car was the film itself, as it wasn’t that great of a Bond film.

No. 3: 1997 BMW 750iL

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Despite the poor rating for the film, the large BMW was something special. After a pretty useless BMW Z3 in Goldeneye, Bond got a new toy for his next mission. The 750iL was the centerpiece of Tomorrow Never Dies when it was chased by the baddies through a multilevel parking garage.

What made this car so special was the fact that Bond wasn’t behind the wheel. The spy was in the backseat, controlling the car by the remote control on his phone. The mobile phone could also launch rockets, magnetic flash grenades, tear gas, metal spikes, and a chain cutter. How do we get our hands on a phone like that?

No. 4: 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

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Although the film was terrible, the car was downright amazing. At this point in the Bond series, the writers were running out of ideas and it showed a bit. This car had the usual array of stuff, including machine guns, retractable shotguns, spiked tires, missiles, and even an ejector seat.

Yet, it wasn’t those gadgets that made the car special. The Vanquish had the ability to turn invisible, which is downright awesome. A little unbelievable perhaps, but that doesn’t really matter to us. We don’t watch the Bond series because it’s believable.

No. 5: 1985 Aston Martin Volante

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This car helped Timothy Dalton look pretty good in his first role as James Bond. The Volante had all the options including laser beam devices concealed in the hubcaps, bulletproof windows, a dashboard weapon control system, and a rocket motor. What could be better than that? How about a self-destruct button? Yeah, the car had one of those too.

All in all, a pretty impressive list. We can only wonder what will come when the Bond series returns. As of now, the next film, Bond 23, has been canceled due to financial issues, so it might be awhile till we see anything from the Bond camp. It will most likely be an Aston Martin, but one never knows.

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  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

I wonder if these gorgeous vehicles are still existing these days? Well, I just only want to see these cars in person and try driving it on myself and crashed it as well in some places! smiley

  (399) posted on 10.18.2011

Yeah! It will surely really a cool scene and dying with James Bond on the side would surely be a good and memorable scene in someone’s life.. hahaha anyway, I must say that the cars, here are all impressive.

  (242) posted on 09.29.2011

Hahaha Yeah! I have to agree on you Racing Stripes, I could not imagine if I’m with James Bond while he was driving these cars, then suddenly it will ’ accidentally ’ crash on some places! Whoa! That’s surely really a cool scene! smiley

  (580) posted on 06.10.2011

I really love how James Bond drove those cars and crashed them to some awesome places like waters and bridges. Plus the fact that he has a women in the car.

  (1211) posted on 05.9.2011

At least, you’ve got the list of hottest Bond cars. I really wanted to see these gorgeous vehicles on the road. Am thinking how costly to maintain these cars. Btw, who own these cars lately?

  (1332) posted on 07.15.2010

for me, I like the 1977 lotus esprit hehehe.. you’ll have a submarine and super car at the same time.

  (666) posted on 07.14.2010

Talk about a return on investment! This guy bought for 12k back in 1969, not it’s worth 5mil.

  (939) posted on 07.12.2010

well, for me I like the number 2. because it can submerge into water..

  (3) posted on 07.12.2010

As a self-professed die hard fan you were not impressed with the Bentley in From Russia With Love?

  (806) posted on 07.11.2010

great list, but where is the Toyota 2000gt and BMW z8? both are also great

  (858) posted on 07.8.2010

I guess the reason why they rank it on 4, it’s because they only used this car on one movie only.

  (868) posted on 07.8.2010

Where is the custom convertible Toyota 2000GT? That should be #1.

  (518) posted on 07.8.2010

huh! why did the 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish got the number 4 spot? Does this car deserves the number 4 spot?

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