The BBC’s Top Gear will celebrate 50 Years of James Bond and his cars with a special documentary. Hosted by Richard Hammond (seen above with Bond stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong and the Aston Martin from Die Another Day.)
The show will air in the UK in late October and on BBC America on November, 12th.
From the movie Casino Royale - the New Holland W190 front loader construction vehicle was used by Bond when chasing down the bomber, Mollaka, through a construction site. Bond uses the bucket on the front of the vehicle to crash through a fence and as an impromptu bullet proof shield when Mollaka fires several shots at him.
A white Lancia Flamina Spyder similar to the one that Fleming describes in the novel of On Her Majesty’s Secret Serviceas being driven by La Comtesse Teresa di Vicenzo when Bond first encounters her driving fast on the roads outside of Royale-les-Eaux. As Bond’s romance with Tracy blossoms they use the car on several occasions including shortly after their wedding. The new Mrs. Tracy Bond is driving the Lancia when she is killed by shots fired from a passing Maserati driven by Bond’s nemesis Blofeld.
In the novel Fleming says the car is the version with distinctive bodywork from specialist Italian coach-builder Zagato. But the Zagoto Flamina was only produced in a coupe version, not as a convertible (spyder) version. In fact the shorter wheelbase two door convertible version (which was only in production for a short time with only 847 cars built) was designed by another Italian coach-builder, Carrozzeria Touring.
Glastron speedboats are apparently the most popular make of high-speed water transit in the world of James Bond movies. To date at least nine different models have been seen on screen either in the hands of Bond or his various enemies and their assorted henchmen.
CV-19 - Used by Bond in Live And Let Die.
CV-21 - Stolen by Kananga’s henchman, Adam, from the ranger station in Live And Let Die.
CV-23HT - Modified by Q-branch and used by Bond to explore the River Tiparape in Brazil in search of Hugo Drax in Moonraker.
CVX-18 - Used by Max Zorin to retrieve May Day from a sightseeing boat on the River Seine in Paris after she lands on following her base jump off the Eiffel Tower in A View To A Kill
GT-150 used by Bond in Live And Let Die (most famously for the stunt jump seen above.)
SSV-189 - The favored boat of Drax’s henchmen in Moonraker.
V-145, V-156, V-162, and V-184 - All used by Kanaga’s henchmen to chase Bond in Live And Let Die.
The Flying Saucer - Largo’s yacht from the unofficial Bond movie, Never Say Never Again. The movie was based on a dispute over rights to the plot and story elements of the Thunderball screenplay and subsequent novel. Never Say Never Again used many of the disputed story elements, although in the case of the villain Largo’s yacht the name was changed from the original Italian, Disco Volante, to the English translation, Flying Saucer.
At the time of filming the yacht used for onscreen long shots was owned by Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi and was called the Nabila. It has since been owned by Donald Trump, who renamed it the Trump Princess, and is now owned by a member of the Saudi royal family, and has once again been renamed as the Kingdom 5KR.
Bond and vehicles - is there any better combination? - Show reel featured in BOND IN MOTION, the world’s largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu