Thursday, April 6, 2006

He never owned a bleeding Aston Martin!!!

****1953 - Bond's fictional Continental was modified from the normal two-door fastback coupé to an open two-seater. "It was a MK (V) I Continental Bentley that some rich idiot had married to a telegraph pole on the Great West Road. Bond had bought the bits for £1,500 and Rolls had straightened the bend in the chassis and fitted new clockwork - the Mark VI engine with 9.5 compression." It would have looked like this.

Mrs. P had a post concerning the automobile product placement in the James Bond films, and a wonderful post it was too. I sent her a comment explaining Bond's auotmobiles in the books, which the movies are supposed to be based (yeah, right)...Anyway, I thought I would share the information with you as well, just in case it ever comes up in conversation.

In the books JB owns a 1930 Bentley 41/2 litre with an Amherst Villiers supercharger. When this car is destroyed in Moonraker he buys a 1953 Mark VI Continental Bentley with a 4,886 cc Mark VI engine with 9.5 compression. He then has this highly modified. These are the only three cars he owns in the books. He drives an Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark III in Goldfinger but it is not his own, it belonged to the Secret Service.
The Ford Thunderbird is mentioned in the books 3 times, but Bond is never at the wheel. Ian Fleming owned and drove a Ford Thunderbird although his wife (who disliked everything American) hated the car. He then purchased a Supercharged Studebaker Avanti (also American, I suppose he didn't want the wife to use the car). Bond's wife (yes, he had one), drives a Lancia Flaminia Zagato Spyder.

1930 41/2 litre Blower Bentley Ian Fleming at the wheel...

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