It’s been a couple of weeks since Roger Moore left us to drink martinis in the sky, but his legacy as one of the 3 best 007s ever will always live on. But Moore will always hold particular reverence with us here at Sparesbox, because Roger Moore was THE car bond. The one with the coolest gadgets, the best chases, and some of the most timeless vehicles ever to hit the big screen. Here’s how our favourites stack up.
#7 – Citroen 2CV 6 – For Your Eyes Only
FYEO is the epitome of 70s Bond – beautiful women at every turn, the funkiest songs ever put into a James Bond film, and of course the beaten-up, Banana Yellow 2CV that 007 uses to make his daring escape after his Lotus meets an unfortunate end. Famously ‘out-horsepowered’ by its pursuing Peugeots, the 2CV used in the film actually had the flat-four of a Citroen GS under the bonnet.
#6 – 1947 AEC Regent III – Live and Let Die
Sometimes, it’s not what you drive, but how you drive it. Case in point, the double-decker commandeered by Moore during his eventful stint on the fake Caribbean Island of San Monique. Perfectly suited to the rough and ready conditions presented by the island, it was soon converted into a single-decker by Bond to improve it’s performance (and fit under a bridge it was passing through at the time).
#5 – 1983 Renault 11 – A View to a Kill
In one of the most underrated Bond chases ever, a two-wheeled half of a Renault 11 jumped into the hearts and imaginations of 007 fans the world over, and never quite left. Another in a long and heralded list of comandeered Bond cars, said Renault started out as a Parisian taxi before being taken by Bond in pursuit of a parachutist villain. First made into a convertible, and later simply a set of two wheels and an engine, the FWD Renault performs every task asked of it wonderfully, despite being frequently heralded as one of the worst cars ever driven by Bond.
#4 – 1974 AMC Hornet – The Man With the Golden Gun
While not the most successful Bond film by any measure, The Man with the Golden Gun features one of the most iconic motoring moments of any 007 flick, the famous AMC Hornet corkscrew jump. A special hatchback version of the Hornet was made for the film, by the now defunct American Motors Corporation. It can’t all be Aston Martins we suppose.
#3 – 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV 6 – Octopussy
Maybe we’re Alfa Romeo softies here, but there’s something romantic about Bond’s choice to use the GTV in one of the best pure car chases ever put into a Bond film. Tailed by the BMWs of the Italian police, the chase featured everything that made the GTV6 great, from it’s now legendary V6 engine to it’s impeccable handling.
#2 – 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo – For Your Eyes Only
We honestly think that the Bronze Lotus, which replaces an ill-fated white Espirit that blows up early in the film, is probably one of the best looking Bond cars of all time. And while it didn’t have the gadgets of many Bond cars before it, with it’s incredible colour, ski-rack and Moore in all his turtle-necked glory at the wheel, it had more style than almost any car to feature in a 007 film before or after.
#1 – 1976 Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me
It had to be the submarine car didn’t it? Probably the most audacious and OTT Bond car ever made, Bond’s Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved me, with its pop-up periscope and more, is one of the most legendary movie cars ever. Everything about the shape and the styling of the Lotus fit the submarine look perfectly, and no car would have looked better with Bond at the wheel during that era.