“My car broke down. Do you expect me to walk?”
“No, Mr. Bond; I expect you to take the bus!”
There is no accounting for taste. Some have it, others do not. James Bond has taste. And I’m almost certain that he’d still have it even if he weren’t a world class government agent who could seduce any woman while expertly driving the most decadent Aston Martins that money can’t buy.
So, suppose for a minute that this world renowned symbol of all things class was an electrician from Burbank who, instead of being greeted by diabolical tones of “So glad you could drop by, Mr. Bond,” was simply met by friendly shouts of “Hey, James!” What would this James Bond drive?
Leave the DBS in the garage, because we’re going real-world style.
This is the best fit for Sean Connery types, because of its vintage style and 4-wheel versatility that make it easy to get around in. The individual who drives an old CJ6 isn’t afraid to get dirty, and he or she can still pull out a cigarette on the road without fear of ruining the interior for resale value (Connery Bonds still smoke). It also goes well with 60’s style swim trunks and accents that are ripe for imitation.
Fans of the George Lazenby era Bond would love to get their hands on a Vega, probably because someone told them it would be a good car to have. It showed so much promise, but, despite its indescribable popularity within certain crowds, just isn’t the kind of retro choice that ends up going well at all. All of which sets the perfect out of touch style that fans of Lazenby’s Bond probably possess.
MINI Cooper Roadster
Anything but austere, Roger Moore types never take themselves too seriously, and neither does the MINI Roadster. Some may belittle MINI’s attitude toward all things four wheeled, but you’re attracted to the brand because of its promise of light-hearted fun and easy to get along with personality….and…style. The MINI Cooper Roadster is like the Moonraker of cars- complete with double-taking pigeons.
Sometimes called the poor man’s Aston Martin, Jaguar offered up a kind of retro vibe with its XK8, which is reminiscent of the refined seriousness that a Timothy Dalton type Bond would command. The XK8’s legacy still lives on in the hearts and driveways of classy (but frugal) fans the world over.
Like Pierce Brosnan, the RX8 was a perfect fit for its time and still performs well when called upon. This is the type of car that could be family friendly enough at one moment, and then surprise you with its suave ferocity as soon as the kids are tucked away. A solid choice for the everyday Bond.
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Our newest Bond, Daniel Craig, is deadly serious about taking care of his body, as well as the environment. The Ford Fusion Hybrid driver knows that things can get a little dirty in the field (graphic designing is stressful) but that’s no excuse for disregarding filthy MPGs. It has been said that the front end of the 2013 Fusion looks a little Aston-esque, and this impeccable style mixed with superior economy is all the modern day, everyday Bond needs to pull the trigger. Metaphorically speaking, of course. The regular Bond is afraid of firearms.
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