Bentley Continental GT
Back in the days when Bond was better known as a book series rather than a big-budget action movie franchise, the spy drove a Bentley.
In the 1953 novel Casino Royale, Bond drove a 1931 4.5-litre ‘Blower’ Bentley. The book describes the car as Bond’s “only personal hobby”.
"Bond drove it hard and well and with an almost sensual pleasure," reads the novel.
Nowadays Bond is more synonymous with Aston Martin. The switch came in 1953 book Goldfinger, after a reader sent a letter to author Ian Fleming demanding that he "have the decency to fix him up with a decent bit of machinery."
The Bentley was out, replaced with an Aston Martin DB3, and when the film came along 11 years later, the car was updated to the DB5, and the rest is history.
Now with the Bond films onto their 25th iteration, and the modern-day Bentley Continental GT into its second generation, why can’t Britain’s most beloved spy go back to his roots?
BMW Z4/Toyota Supra
Both of these options might seem like unusual choices for Bond cars, but both would be perfect nod to the past.
The Supra could salute the beautiful Toyota 2000GT from 1967’s You Only Live Twice, while the new BMW Z4 (pictured), which is based on the same platform as the new Supra, could make up for the painful disappointment of the Z3 and Z8 from the 1990s.
Both were showcased in Bond films, but neither got any meaningful screen time, unlike the not very Bond-like 750iL which was involved in a legendary car chase.
Aston Martin DB10
Yes, we know the Aston Martin DB10 was Bond’s car in the last film, but why can’t it return?
It was bizarre to see a so-called ‘secret’ agent drive around in a multi-million-pound, one-off prototype, but there again Bond has never been subtle.
The car chase in Spectre, despite the fanfare, wasn’t all that great though. Slow pace, phone calls, and a failed attempt at comedy… the car definitely deserves another bite at the car chase cherry.
Aston Martin Vantage
If Bond is to carry one driving an Aston Martin, the Vantage could be ideal.
The DB10 concept previewed the Vantage, but unlike the DB10, the Vantage has actually made it into production in the real world.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbo AMG V8 churns out 503 bhp, and with a 0-62 time of 3.6-seconds and top speed of 195mph, the slightly more subtle Vantage is the perfect car for out running baddies.
Jaguar Land Rover has had a long-lasting partnership with the James Bond franchise, but while pretty much every car in the recent films is a JLR product, Bond’s vehicle of choice has always been an Aston Martin instead.
The I-Pace could be the perfect Bond car. It’s electric, so it’s quiet enough to be secret (unlike the ‘look at me’ one-off Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre), and it’ll show Bond as being environmentally conscious – not that that would be a deal-breaker anyway.