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Buy Another Day': RAC's advice on how to pick up the right Bond car for less

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The character of James Bond is one of the most well-renowned in film history – a quintessentially British figure, James is known for his daring escapades, quirky villains, gorgeous women, high-tech gadgetry and of course, the fleet of cars he has commandeered throughout his time on the big screen. With the impending release of the latest Bond epic ‘Spectre’ next month, we thought it was fitting to list some of the cars that have appeared during the history of the franchise – and how you can get your hands on some of them.

60’s

Starting at Sean Connery's first appearance in 1962's ‘Dr No,’ RAC recently carried out a Vehicle check on Bond’s first car, a Sunbeam Alpine – this Sunbeam is particularly close to our hearts, with a registration plate of RAC9 45F! Amazingly, this car has only had 3 owners in nearly 50 years.

Pictured: Sunbeam Alpine

In 1964’s ‘Goldfinger,’ Bond received a gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5, which was modified to include a smoke screen function and a revolving license plate.

Cited as Daniel Craig’s favourite car in the Bond chronology, the Toyota 2000GT was driven in 1967’s ‘You Only Live Twice.’ The version driven in this film was allegedly modified to become an open-top convertible due to Sean Connery’s towering 6’2 height.

The first, and only Bond film to feature George Lazenby, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,’ was released in 1969 and saw Bond driving an Aston Martin DBS throughout - although it ultimately became the deathbed of his new wife, Tracy, after she was murdered in revenge.

Pictured: Lotus Esprit S1

70’s

Aided by stunt drivers, Bond took to the skies for a breathtaking aerial corkscrew jump in an AMC Hornet X during a dramatic scene in 1974’s ‘The Man with the Golden Gun.’

Combining his love for cars and gadgets, the Lotus Esprit S1 used in ‘The Spy who Loved Me’ (1977) was notable for its ability to delve underwater.

Pictured: Renault 11

80’s

Jumping to 1981, an iconic car, not normally associated with Bond, is the Citroen 2CV, appearing in ‘For Your Eyes Only.’ RAC has carried out a number of Passports on these cars – there are reportedly only 250 Citroen 2CV’s left on UK roads today.

Bond also pursues an assailant in 1985’s ‘A View to Kill,’ whereby his Renault 11 has the top, and then the rear torn away!

‘Britain’s first Supercar,’ the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, was driven by Bond in the 1987 film ‘The Living Daylights,’ and was armed with the usual firepower such as missiles and lasers.

Pictured: BMW Z3

90’s

Pierce Brosnan introduced us to 3 BMW models – starting with the Z3 in 95’s ‘GoldenEye’, and the 750iL and Z8 models for the two follow-up films, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and ‘The World is not Enough’ in ’97 and ’99 respectively.

Z3s are a great everyday buy – we currently have 45 of them on the RAC Cars website, with the average car we checked this year costing just £5200. There is even a 15 year old 1.8L petrol in great condition and only 9,000 miles on the clock – that’s just 600 miles per year!

At the other end of the spectrum there were only ever 5,703 Z8s ever made – budget around £150,000 if you want one of those…

Pictured: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

00’s

Of course what Bond fans are really interested in are Aston Martins, an obsession started by the memorable Aston Martin V12 Vanquish appearing in 2002’s ‘Die Another Day,’ and the DBS V12 appearing in both ‘Casino Royale’ (2006) and ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008). These days, a DBS will set you back around £100,000 – a hefty price, but bearable compared to the astronomical £500,000 figure a DB5 now commands.

There is also the new DB10 being exclusively built for the upcoming ‘Spectre.’ DB10 aside, we have carried out Passports and inspections on all of these Astons. We’ve found out that the most popular Aston to have a Car Passport is the Vantage - and you could pick one up from RAC Cars for just over £30,000.

Of course RAC wouldn't support some of Mr Bond's driving antics – however, sit back, mix yourself a martini (shaken not stirred) and take a look at RAC Cars and RAC Car Passport for the Bond car of your dreams.

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