Physics In Film Blog

Physics In Film

Movies and TV shows, when done right, are great ways to entertain and tell stories. They can be fascinating avenues for experiencing some phenomena we may never actually witness in real life. They can also be ridiculous or laughably awful when scientific liberties are taken a bit too far. Join the CR4 team here in the Physics in Film blog as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the science and engineering we see on the screen.

Previous in Blog: Scientific Anomalies in “Lost” (Part 3)   Next in Blog: At the Movies (with HUSH)
Close
Close
Close
17 comments

Which 007 Car is For You?

Posted September 06, 2012 2:07 PM by HUSH

James Bond is a man of many W's. War. Wine. Work. Wisdom. Wealth. Women.

...via Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

But most iconic: wheels.

007's liaison to the British Secret Service's technology-Q-supplies Bond with some slick cars that have advanced gadgetry. Ejector seats, caltrops, oil slicks, missiles, submarine conversion, and even an invisibility cloak. Yes, that's right. James Bond had the original Transformer and Harry Potter invisibility cloak.

So in an effort completely based in fiction, let's say Q will give us any Bond car we desire-gadgets and all. And for simplicity's sake, the cars under examination can only be driven by one of the official CR4-recognized James Bonds--Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig. Absolutely NO Timothy Dalton or George Lazenby. Capisce?

They're just too tall to be a believable 007...via The World is Never Enough

Just two more stipulations: the car has to have been owned by Bond. It can't be something he commandeered in the field. The car also must appear in a movie-novels are great and all, but let's stick with the films. Just kidding, reading sucks!

And now that I've whittled the list to a manageable size…

The Aston Martins

DB5...via DuPont Registry

Bond has driven the idolized car brand more than any other manufacturer. The most recognized of the Bond cars would be the Aston Martin DB5 (above), first appearing in Goldfinger and later six more films. The car featured a 3.7 liter, inline six cylinder engine which produced 282 bhp at 5,500 rpm. Top speed of the car was 149 mph, but acceleration suffered from curb weight (0-60 mph in 8 seconds). Later in GoldenEye, the DB5 was shown formidably racing a Ferrari. Notable gadgets on the car included extendable machine guns, a rear-facing bullet shield, and a rotating license plate.

Vanquish...via Aston Martin W

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (above) is a 21st Century 007 design, and is a significant performance upgrade in relation to the DB5. Driven by Bond in Die Another Day, the 12(!) cylinder, 5.93 L engine produced over 450 hp and 400 lb. of torque. With a top speed just below 190 mph, and a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, the V12 Vanquish is the second fastest car of this HUSH-approved list. It is also one of the most heavily armed Bond cars, with front-firing rockets and guns (both machine and shot guns), spiked tires, and ejector seats. The car also features an active camouflage that makes the car nearly invisible via mimicry.

DBS...via Aston Martin W

The last Aston Martin to closely examine is the DBS V12 (above), appearing in Daniel Craig's first appearance as 007 in 2006's Casino Royale. A 5.9 L 48-valve V12 powers the newest DBS to 510 hp with 420 lb. of torque, with a top speed of 193 mph and a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds. While it performs the best of any Bond car, it appears to have no tactical modifications apart from additional storage compartments and a medical kit. Boooooo!

BMW

BMW is the second-most prominent auto manufacturer used by MI5 and James Bond. The German car brand supplies Bond with its Z3, Z8, and 750iL. While BMW puts governor plates on all of its vehicles, they are relatively easy to bypass. The Z3 (below), a.k.a. Landshark, was given a small engine with poor performance for a European roadster. So for the sake of argument, let's say that the Z3 was given a stark upgrade. The Hartge Z3 MQP 5.0 L V8 engine modification has a maximum torque of 420 horsepower and a top speed of 186 mph. This Bond vehicle is equipped with surface-to-air missiles, though they're never witnessed in action. A parachute does deploy however.

Z3...via Auto Moto Portal

The Z8 (below) has a top speed of 170 mph and a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds, all powered by a terrific 4.9 L 32V 8 cylinder engine. 400 hp and 370 lb. of torque assist James Bond…well, drive properly, of course--he is British after all. The Z8 is destroyed by a large saw rather early in the film The World is Not Enough, and its armament is never fully revealed.

Z8...via Ride Lust

The 750i-iL shown in Tomorrow Never Dies is perhaps the best equipped of all 007's cars. Missile launchers and caltrops were made available for James Bond, while bulletproof armor and run-flat tires are optional consumer packages on this model. Notably, this 750 is also remote control. The M73 5.4 L, V 12 engine offers 320 hp and 360 lb. of torque, providing 155 mph of top speed and a 0-60 acceleration time of 9.3 seconds. Sloowwwwwww!

750i...via Car Update

Lotus

What car where? ...via Lotus Espirit Turbo

Sean Connery drove a Lotus Espirit S1 (above) in The Spy Who Loved Me. Most notably, this car converts into a submarine during a chase. It also has a surface-to-air rocket launcher and a reverse-spray car mace. A top speed of 133 mph, and a 0-6 time of more than 8 seconds makes this car an afterthought of the Bond arsenal. It was powered by an inline, 2.0 L 4 cylinder engine.


I know what you're thinking CR4er: there are some missing Bond cars here. Remember, No Tim Dalton or George Lazenby. And it has to be a vehicle equipped by MI5. I may have missed one or two, and if so feel free call me stupid in the comments below. I know you have no problem with that.

...via Soda Head

As far as my choice, it seems pretty simple. The V12 Vanquish is as versatile and deadly as any Bond car. I don't care if I get 10 mpg! It's a free Aston Martin from MI5! I'd be hanging with Rick Ross baby!

Rick Ross - Aston Martin Music

Finally, this blog wasn't created to provoke an argument about which actor portrayed the best James Bond, BUT I feel like that discussion would be very much on-topic. *cough* Brosnan *cough*

Resources

Wikipedia - List of James Bond Vehicles; List of James Bond Gadgets

BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be "almost" Good Answers:

Check out these comments that don't yet have enough votes to be "official" good answers and, if you agree with them, rate them!
Guru
Popular Science - Evolution - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member

Join Date: May 2006
Location: The 'Space Coast', USA
Posts: 11112
Good Answers: 918
#1

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 7:56 AM

I'll take the DB5 before the conversion, any day!

Reply
Power-User

Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 182
Good Answers: 9
#6
In reply to #1

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 11:35 AM

I'll take the DB5 WITH the conversion. Great car to take the mother-in-law for a Saturday ride!!

Reply
Associate

Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 43
Good Answers: 1
#2

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 8:31 AM

DB5 is the classic Bond car.

Reply
Power-User

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Near the New Madrid Fault. USA
Posts: 269
Good Answers: 1
#3

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 8:59 AM

Where is the Alfa Romero GTV6????

I happen to own one and love it but I would not blow mine up at the end of the chase like Bond did in Octapussy...

__________________
It's not Rocket Science
Reply
Power-User

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Port Glasgow, Free Republic of Scotland
Posts: 359
Good Answers: 30
#4

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 11:08 AM

Seriously AH the idea of blowing away a lane hogger / dawdler with the DB5's machine guns has never occurred to you.

Picking the Lotus will give my age away but these days yup it would be the DB5 with or without accroutements

__________________
Free advice guaranteed or your money back
Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Evolution - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member

Join Date: May 2006
Location: The 'Space Coast', USA
Posts: 11112
Good Answers: 918
#5
In reply to #4

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 11:33 AM

People worry about stone chips? Imagine the shrapnel and fodder after riddling some rust bucket with .30 calibre. Then there is al that brass flying all over the place.

I think I will just wait for the dashed white line.

Reply
Guru
Hobbies - Musician - New Member United Kingdom - Member - New Member

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: England
Posts: 951
Good Answers: 48
#7

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 6:45 PM

DB5 - no contest.

Here's mine:

(Maybe some day!)

__________________
brianparker007@hotmail.com
Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Evolution - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member

Join Date: May 2006
Location: The 'Space Coast', USA
Posts: 11112
Good Answers: 918
#8

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/07/2012 6:47 PM

So far the score is:

DB5 5 Votes
Alfa Romero GTV6 1 Vote

Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Evolution - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member

Join Date: May 2006
Location: The 'Space Coast', USA
Posts: 11112
Good Answers: 918
#10
In reply to #8

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/08/2012 7:06 AM

Okay, now the new score is: DB5 5 Votes Alfa Romero GTV6 1 Vote One Aston Martin that appears to have been rear-ended by a Toyota pickup 1 Vote

Reply
Guru

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phnom Penh
Posts: 4019
Good Answers: 102
#9

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/08/2012 2:03 AM

Real men drive trucks.

You can tell a lot about a man by the car he drives.

Add another "W" to that Bond list.. autoeroticist

Aston martin pickup......

Plenty of room in the back for all you plumbers.

__________________
Difficulty is not an obstacle it is merely an attribute.
Reply
Guru
Panama - Member - New Member Hobbies - CNC - New Member Engineering Fields - Marine Engineering - New Member Engineering Fields - Retired Engineers / Mentors - New Member

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Panama
Posts: 4274
Good Answers: 213
#11

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/08/2012 7:20 PM

I'm sorry- you missed the best Bond of them all- David Niven in Casino Royale. If David Niven didn't drive it, it probably isn't worth talking about...Rumor has it, David Niven was Ian Flemming's choice for Bond in Dr. No...

Reply
Guru
Canada - Member - New Member Popular Science - Cosmology - New Member Hobbies - Musician - New Member

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Up North
Posts: 540
Good Answers: 30
#12

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/10/2012 9:44 AM

Ummm, the one with the girl in it?

__________________
Steve of the North...since 1962.
Reply Score 1 for Good Answer
Guru

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phnom Penh
Posts: 4019
Good Answers: 102
#13
In reply to #12

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/10/2012 10:52 AM

this one?

__________________
Difficulty is not an obstacle it is merely an attribute.
Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Evolution - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member

Join Date: May 2006
Location: The 'Space Coast', USA
Posts: 11112
Good Answers: 918
#14
In reply to #13

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/10/2012 11:49 AM

I'm sure that is what Steve meant.

Reply
Guru
Canada - Member - New Member Popular Science - Cosmology - New Member Hobbies - Musician - New Member

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Up North
Posts: 540
Good Answers: 30
#15
In reply to #14

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/10/2012 12:10 PM

Celebrate the fairer sex! Love ALL women!

__________________
Steve of the North...since 1962.
Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Evolution - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member

Join Date: May 2006
Location: The 'Space Coast', USA
Posts: 11112
Good Answers: 918
#16
In reply to #15

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

09/10/2012 12:26 PM

People say anything under the gun.

Reply
Guru
Engineering Fields - Optical Engineering - Member Engineering Fields - Engineering Physics - Member Engineering Fields - Systems Engineering - Member

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Trantor
Posts: 5363
Good Answers: 646
#17

Re: Which 007 Car is For You?

05/01/2013 12:45 PM

I'm old school. I'd take the original Aston Martin.

But if I really had my druthers, I druther have The Prisoner's Lotus 7.

__________________
Whiskey, women -- and astrophysics. Because sometimes a problem can't be solved with just whiskey and women.
Reply
Reply to Blog Entry 17 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be "almost" Good Answers:

Check out these comments that don't yet have enough votes to be "official" good answers and, if you agree with them, rate them!
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

Anonymous Hero (6); cwarner7_11 (1); evaluator (1); Holzfeller (1); Rockyscience (1); simonsd (1); Steve of the North (2); Syoung (1); Usbport (1); Wal (2)

Previous in Blog: Scientific Anomalies in “Lost” (Part 3)   Next in Blog: At the Movies (with HUSH)

Advertisement