Everyone loves a good James Bond film.
But have you ever stopped for a moment and considered how absolutely unrealistic his gadgets are?
Especially his cars.
Weíd all love to have our own flying AMC Matador, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante with head-up display or Aston Martin DBS V12 with numerous secret compartments. But how realistic are Bondís cars really? Could they actually stand a chance of working in real life?
Goldfinger – Aston Martin DB5
How about the Aston Martin DB5ís ejector seat in Goldfinger? While itís certainly doable (if pilots can eject from crashing aircrafts, it can surely be done for road vehicles as well), itís not really safe, is it?
Not that James Bond is really that health and safety conscious.
We can foresee lots of issues with this one though, such as accidentally activating the ejector seat while driving through a tunnel. Definitely not a feature thatís suitable for general release.
The Spy Who Loved Me – Lotus Esprit
Possibly one of the coolest things about the Lotus Esprit, and the best scene in The Spy Who Loved Me, was when Bond converted it into a submarine with the push of a button.
We donít dispute the fact that amphibious vehicles exist. We just have an issue with the idea of a car thatís 100 per cent watertight when deepsea diving.
Even army vehicles can only manage a few metres of water!
Die Another Day – Aston Martin Vanquish
In Die Another Day, Bondís Aston Martin Vanquish is equipped with miniature cameras that are able to project an image onto the other side of the car, thereby making it virtually invisible to the naked eye.
An invisible car is undoubtedly cool, but would it work in real life? We can spot a number of glaring errors with this one – for starters, driving an invisible car wouldnít be all that great. Thereíd be numerous car accidents!
Being able to activate your cloaking device and leave your Aston Martin on the driveway would be pretty cool though, and definitely a great thief deterrent.
The Man with the Golden Gun – AMC Matador coupe
Okay, so this car technically doesnít belong to Bond, but itís still pretty cool Ö but intrinsically flawed.
Francisco Scaramanga and Nick Nack use the car to kidnap Mary Goodnight and escape from Bond in the film. And it did actually fly, but only for around 500 meters.
Clearly, this isnít ideal – youíd never be able to get anywhere quickly, and it certainly wouldnít be road-ready. All told, it was 9 meters long, 12 meters wide, and 3 meters high!
Tomorrow Never Dies – BMW 750iL
Bond famously drove his BMW 75oiL using his Ericsson mobile phone while under attack from Elliot Carver’s henchmen. He successfully escaped from the Atlantic Hotel parking garage, although his supposedly-bulletproof front and rear windscreens were smashed. Heíd be paying through the nose, well, unless his BMW was under contract hire! (shameless plug over).
Who wouldnít want to be able to control their car via remote control? Itís not really very practical though, is it? Imagine the motorway chaos this could cause!
So, all in all, most of Bondís cars werenít that realistic, but we donít need them to be when Bondís driving them. You probably wonít be able to find any remote control BMWs or Aston Martins with ejector seats at Central Contracts, but thatís alright with us.