1964 Aston Martin DB5Driven in: Skyfall Used price: $450,000
In "Skyfall," the latest Bond film, the British super-spy goes back to the classic Aston Martin DB5, although a new Aston Martin would certainly have been faster, handled better and been less expensive to boot.
The one pictured here certainly isn't cheap. It's the original movie car used in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball." It was sold by RM Auctions in 2010 for $4.6 million.
Compared to that, maybe the $450,000 you'd have to pay for one that never appeared on the big screen isn't so bad after all.
But while you might think that to get your hands on a car like the ones James Bond drives, you'd have to pay a lot of money, that's not always true. Hagerty Insurance, which specializes in collectible cars, pulled together this list of past Bond cars, including something for almost any budget.
2002 Aston Martin VanquishDriven in: Die Another Day Used price: $85,000
The Vanquish used in "Die Another Day" marked Bond's return in 2002 to the Aston Martin brand after several films in which he drove cars from, oddly enough, Germany's BMW.
When new, a Vanquish sold for around $230,000. That was, of course, without the Q option package which included an "adaptive camaflouge" system that, in the movie, failed to work. (Finicky English cars, you know.) While it's still not exactly cheap, a used one can be had today for $85,000 -- a relatively modest price in ultra-luxury terms.
1980 Lotus Esprit TurboDriven in: For Your Eyes Only Used price: $11,800
Turbocharging brought this 4-cylinder Lotus model into true supercar performance territory. Fear of auto theft was clearly becoming an issue by now, even for Bond. His Lotus was equipped with a rather extreme security system. In the movie, the car blew up when someone tried to break into it.
1996 BMW Z3Driven in: GoldenEye Used price: $5,400
Clearly, this bit of product placement -- in the film that marked Pierce Brosnan's debut as bond -- worked as well as BMW could possibly have wanted. Z3 sales spiked after the movie's release, according to Haggerty. Bond's Z3 was blue and tan and, even today, that color combination brings a bit more in the used car market, according to Hagerty Insurance.
1977 Lotus Esprit S1Driven in: The Spy Who Loved me Used price: $11,800
This Esprit became one of the most famous Bond cars because, in the movies, it could go underwater and, while there, shoot missiles. (If you don't recognize it, that's because the one in the film was white.) In real life, this model has a reputation for leaving its owners drowning under hefty repair bills, according to Hagerty Insurance. They advise snooping around into any Esprit's background and maintenance history before committing your cash.
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