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A few actors have actually taken on the persona and been paid millions of pounds to play the role first created by Ian Fleming, born in Mayfair, London. Ian Fleming was not only a British author and journalist but also held the commission of Navy Commander during the Second World War! Although Bond or 007 was also a Navy Commander, Ian Fleming always said that the character was not based on himself. Ian Fleming was an intelligence officer at the Naval Intelligence Division (NID), and a true British 2nd war hero and played key roles in the fight against Naziism.

We take a look at some of the greatest motors ever used in 007 movies. Which of the many James Bond cars is the best? A never ending debate that will stretch the lives of generations past, present & to come. Therefore, so not as to cause such a catastrophic disturbance, it will be so much easier to list them in no order at all..

The Aston Martin DB5

This is the classic Bond car. It showed first in 1964 in Goldfinger. HMSS & Q-Branch had devised a car that Bond could finally looked at home with. Special features include: rotating number plates, machine guns that appear from the bodywork, an oil slicker, telescopic tyre slashers, bumper basher, a smoke screen, bullet-proof glass & radar. Everything that a secret service spy needed on a daily basis. Including the passenger ejector seat, as its finale. Even though the car comes to a crashing end, it appears again in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies & Casino Royale. We think that this makes it the most popular Bond car of all time.

Despite its Bond factor in the films, it is still an exhilarating experience in real life. It has a potent engine, 0-60mph in 8.1secs & a top speed of 143mph. Not much in today's league, but for a '60s car with a 4.0-litre 282bhp straight six engine. You can see where the attraction lies. The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 was actually an improved DB4. The DB series was named after David Brown (the head of Aston Martin from 1947-1972). The principal differences between the DB4 and DB5 were that the engine was enlarged from 3.7 L to 4.0 L, it had a new five-speed transmission, along with 3 SU carburettors, producing 282 bhp (210 kW), propelling the car to 141 mph (227 km/h). Standard equipment on the DB5 included reclining seats, pile carpets, electric windows and a fire extinguisher. All models had 4 seats and 2 doors. The UK recommended list price of the sports saloon (coupe) in December 1963 was £4,248.

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Toyota 2000 GT convertible

Most notably the car that wasn't big enough! Apparently Sir Sean Connery was too tall for the coupe. So Toyota produced two convertible prototypes for You Only Live Twice - and never made any more. Therefore making it one of most rare cars-ever. In the late '60s the Toyota 2000 GT was a seen to be a genuinely futuristic car & for that time it was. There were only a limited 350 coupés produced with the advanced engineering techniques like independent suspension, disc brakes on each wheel and a six-cylinder engine.

The engine was a 2.0 L straight-6 based on the engine the top-of-the-line Toyota Crown sedan. It was transformed by Yamaha with new double overhead camshaft heads into a 112 kW (150 hp) sports car engine. Carburation was through three two-barrel Solex 40 PHH units. Nine special MF-12 models were also built with the larger 2.3 L 2M engine. The car was available with three different final drives; optioned with the 4.375 ratio version, the car was said to be capable of reaching 135 mph (217 km/h).

The engine was mounted longitudinally and drove the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. A limited slip differential was fitted, and in a first for a Japanese car, all-round power-assisted disc brakes. The atypical emergency brake gripped the rear disc directly.

The interior offered comfortable, if cramped, accommodation and luxury touches like a rosewood-veneer dashboard and an auto-seeking radio tuner. At the time, Road & Track felt that the interior was up to par for a "luxurious GT", calling it an impressive car "in which to sit or ride - or simply admire."

However despite its technical amazement, many were upset that Bond was driving a Japanese car! As for where the two remaining convertibles are now, one is in a Japanese museum and the other is rumoured to be in the private collection of a Toyota executive.

Aston Martin DBS

This was the car in which Bond's wife is killed. It doesn't really have any features apart from a hiding place for a sniper rifle in the glove box. During Bond's wedding, the DBS was adorned in flowers.

It was produced in 1967-1972, weighed: 3760lb, with an engine 4L straight-6, 282bhp.The DBS was the successor to the famed Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Powered by a straight-6 engine, it lasted from 1967 until 1972, before being replaced by the Aston Martin Vantage. It was a larger coupé than the DB6, with four full seats, but was powered by the same 4.0 L engine as the previous car. The engine normally produced 282 hp but the DBS Vantage option put output to 325 hp. The DBS had a more modern look than the DB6.

The 2008 version of the DBS appears in Casino Royale

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