What Would 007’s Cars Cost Today?
James Bond, 007, has had a pretty impressive history with his cars. It has been pretty successful, right? However, he has gone through so many high-end vehicles quicker than he has had hot dinners. As one film ends, the cars often look a little worse for wear than it did right when the film started. Of course, movie production teams have huge budgets for this kind of thing. But for us mere mortals, it can be quite interesting to think about what James Bond’s car costs would actually look like.
Owning a James Bond-style car is probably a dream for many of us, especially if you are a car enthusiast. But let’s take a look at the kind of costs that we’d actually have to be looking at. Do you have a favorite?
- BMW Z8
In ‘The World is Not Enough,’ the 1999 Bond film with Pierce Brosnan at the helm, the BMW Z8 made a stellar appearance. It is a car that is not normally known for gadgets, which made a change compared to a lot of previous Bond cars. For a price tag of £200,000, it is a bit gutting that the vehicle doesn’t make it all the way to the end of the film. Instead, it meets a grim end with a helicopter.
- Aston Martin DBS V12
In the 2006 film ‘Casino Royale’ with Daniel Craig, the Aston Martin DBS V12 was introduced. There have been many an Aston Martin in a Bond movie, but the DBS V12 was a beauty (it also featured in the next Bond film Quantum of Solace, two years later). In the films, the car showed off some gadgets, that would actually be pretty realistic for the ‘everyday’ user. It is the car where Bond uses a defibrillator on himself, if you remember correctly? But what would it set you back if you were to look for one somewhere like Dick Lovett Aston Martin? Today, the car is valued to be at around £90,000.
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Going back to an older Bond, Timothy Dalton in 1987 was also seen in an Aston Martin, the V8 Vantage. The car had a plethora of gadgets for the movies, quite similar to those seen in the Goldfinger movie, with the Aston Martin DB5. In fact, though, there were to Aston Martins used for filming. One had a specially adapted roof for the scenes that were filmed in winter, and the other, a soft-top, was given to them by the chairman of Aston Martin at the time. Today, the Aston Martin V8 is valued at around £150,000.
- AMC Hornet
Going back to the seventies, Roger Moore as Bond steals and AMC Hornet in the movie, driving it through the window of a car showroom. It is a bit of an unlikely choice for a Bond movie, with its two doors, and less than sporty look. But it gets Bond to where he needs to be, with handbrake turns, and jumping across a bridge. It could cost around £2,000 today, if you can find one, that is!