The Good Oil: Best Bond Villain Cars – News
The discussion of James Bond hero cars tends to be a bit one-dimensional. Oh look at the beautiful Aston Martin. Wait, he’s driving a BMW! Phew, he’s back in an Aston. The end.
For more variety, check out Bond Villains. Most gadget-laden villain car in Bond history has to be Zao’s Jaguar XKR Die another day (2002), with Gatling gun and rocket launcher. Bond was surely pretty jealous, as he was stuck with an Aston Martin “Vanish” with absurd invisibility technology.
Die another day is one of the silliest Bond movies, but it was also the movie where Bond returned to Aston after the BMW era, and the first where Jaguar Land Rover was an official partner (it was part of the Premier Automotive Group Ford at the time, with Aston and Volvo). The Zao XKR was painted the same green as Jaguar’s Formula 1 cars and it looked great in the great ice chase streak.
Another notable model of JLR Bond-villain: the C-X75 piloted by Mr Hinx in Spectrum (2015, illustrated at the top of the page)). The C-X75 was a concept supercar unveiled by Jaguar in 2010 and intended for production, but later discontinued; it came to life briefly for the film’s great chase across Rome.
Go back to 1964 and you must admire Auric The golden finger‘s 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III. Especially since the body was gold.
We also can’t ignore the one time a Ferrari made a big impact in a Bond film: the F355 driven by Xenia Onatopp in Golden eye (1995), dice with Bond’s DB5 on the roads above Monaco.
Speaking of mid-engined red exotics, can we step outside the barrel for a moment to enjoy Fatima Blush’s Renault 5 Turbo in Never Say Never Again (1983)? She spins it around in a chase with Bond’s Q-issue bike; don’t worry Fatima, it happened a lot with the R5.
While we’re on the bike, Fiona Volpe’s golden BSA A65 Lightning is one of the most exciting things about Thunder clap (1965), thanks in part to additional cost missile launchers.
Let’s end with a few flying cars: the aforementioned Rome car chase of Spectrum where Mr. Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75 pursues Bond’s Aston Martin DB10. Spoiler alert: The bespoke Aston (created just for the film, although obviously based on the later production Vantage model) is launched in a channel.
And a real flying car: Scaramanga’s car from The man with the golden gun (1974), who escapes Bond by growing wings. Sounds ridiculous, but it’s only slightly more ridiculous than the all-too-obvious AMC product placement: everything from Scaramanga’s Matador airplane coupe to Bond’s Hornet (which does that amazing, very real corkscrew jump) to most police cars. Well, this is the world of Bond. Don’t forget to check out the gallery at the bottom of the page!