More than half a century later, and two dozen sequels after “Dr. No” was released in 1963, the James Bond movie franchise is one of the most successful and celebrated film series’ in history. The franchise has earned more than $1.9 billion at the domestic box office alone — and when adjusted for inflation, that number jumps to nearly $5.3 billion.
When “Spectre” is released on November 6, it will be the 24th movie in the franchise, with Daniel Craig again taking on the role of 007. At $60 million, Craig is reportedly the highest-paid Bond, earning more than all of the other previous Bond actors combined. And with a production budget of $300 million, “Spectre” is the most expensive movie in the franchise’s history.
James Bond movies are known for outrageous action, beautiful women and the finest, most expensive cars. Here’s a look at 11 James Bond cars worth more than most people’s mortgages.
11. BMW Z8: $130,551
Just 2,543 BMW Z8s were ever built for the U.S. market. The one Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond drove in “The World is Not Enough” was armed with radar-guided Stinger missiles. Anti-aircraft weapons were not available on the civilian model, but the roadsters did come equipped with all lightweight aluminum, as well as a super fast V8, 400-horsepower engine.
Produced between 1999 and 2003, the Z8 was modeled after the legendary BMW 507 — and that kind of luxury doesn’t come cheap. When it was introduced, the Z8 was priced above $125,000. In 2012, a replica sold for £85,250, or $130,551.85.
10. Jaguar XKR: 134,425
This was the first Jaguar ever to appear in a Bond film. It was first seen in 2002’s “Die Another Day,” Pierce Brosnan’s last James Bond film. Driven by the villain Zao and bristling with weapons, the XKR was given an all-wheel-drive makeover so it could drive on ice, as well as hydraulic handbrakes so the stuntmen could corner sharp turns.
A single liter of the XKR’s paint, which contained flecks of 24-ct. gold, cost £9,000 — or nearly $14,000 — per liter. The suggested retail price on the 2015 model is $134,425.
9. Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition: $237,007
In September 2015, Aston Martin — the automaker that has been synonymous with James Bond for more than half a century — announced it was finally creating a Bond car that isn’t actually a Bond car. Although the Aston Martin “James Bond Edition” DB9 GT doesn’t appear in “Spectre” — or any other Bond flick, for that matter — it still earns a spot on this list because of its price tag.
Aston Martin broke with tradition and created a Bond car for the common man — as long as that common man has $237,007 (yes, 007) to spend on a new set of wheels. The DB9 GT is the epitome of limited edition — only 150 will ever be made.
8. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe: $290,966
To prove that it still dominated Bond culture into the 2000s, Aston Martin featured yet another one of its luxury cars in a Bond sequel. This time, it was for Pierce Brosnan in 2002’s “Die Another Day.”
The Vanquish brought Bond back home to Aston Martin after flirting briefly with BMW in the 1990s. It was first unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, and was produced through 2004. In 2003, Bond’s Vanquish sold at Bonhams Auction for £190,000 — or $290,966.
7. 1937 Bentley 4.25 Litre Gurney Nutting Coupe: $339,205
“Never Say Never Again,” the 1983 Bond film, was special for two reasons. First, it was Sean Connery’s last appearance as Bond. Second, it featured the 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Gurney Nutting Drophead Coupe.
The Bentley — which also appeared in two episodes of “Magnum P.I.” — was auctioned twice in recent years. In 2004, it fetched £188,500 ($288,668.90) at Bonhams. In 2010, however, it was sold for a whopping £221,500 ($339,205.10).
6. Aston Martin DBS: $372,695
Before “Spectre,” Daniel Craig was seen driving the Aston Martin DBS in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.” The average cost of a 2008 DBS is listed at $178,893 — but that price more than doubles if James Bond has ever touched the steering wheel.
At Christie’s 50th Anniversary Auction in 2012, James Bond’s DBS sold for £241,250 — or a whopping $372,695.06.
5. Toyota 2000 GT LHD: $960,000
James Bond has driven a high-end Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and BMW, but one of the priciest cars ever to appear in a Bond flick was made by Toyota.
The 1967 Toyota 2000 GT LHD is one of the rarest and most expensive cars that Bond ever drove. Although the convertible model that appeared in “You Only Live Twice” with Sean Connery was never made available to the public, a similar version recently sold at auction for $1.15 million.
If you’re in the market for this iconic, two-door coupe, don’t worry — there are more than just the one that went to the highest bidder. The average retail price is about $960,000.
4. Lotus Esprit: $1,000,000
Though you can score a used 1980 model for a paltry $11,800, the James Bond submarine version is worth far more. It might not be considered a car more than a prop, but it’s still worth a pretty penny.
Don’t, however, expect it to be the Lotus that you remember from “The Spy Who Loved Me,” as that one doubled as a compact submarine for Roger Moore. When the Lotus Esprit was restored to all its Bond underwater glory (minus the anti-aircraft missiles), that $11,800 turned into a cool $1 million asking price at auction.
3. Jaguar C-X75: $1,100,000
While the “Spectre” Bond will spend most of his time in an Aston Martin, the movie’s villain will take the wheel of the Jaguar C-X75, a concept hybrid super-car first revealed to auto fans at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The public will never get to feel the purr of the C-X75’s 1.6 litre piston engine. Just a handful were ever built before Jaguar and the Williams Formula One team aborted the concept. Had they released it to the masses, however, the price tag would have been $1.1 million.
2. Aston Martin DB5: $4,600,000
It is not possible to talk about James Bond cars without mentioning the Aston Martin DB5. Produced between 1963 and 1965, the luxury touring car is more closely associated with James Bond than any of the 150 other cars Bond has driven since “Dr. No.” It first appeared in “Goldfinger” in 1964, and then in “Thunderball,” “Goldeneye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Casino Royale.”
Although those sold to the non-secret agent population don’t come with oil slick dispensers, ramming arms, a front-facing machine gun, revolving multinational license plates or a passenger ejection seat like Bond’s, this car is available to the public. The sticker price is $450,000, although the original DB5 from “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” sold at auction in 2010 for $4.6 million.
1. Aston Martin DB10: $5,285,714
Referred to by Popular Science as “a menacing super-car,” the Aston Martin DB10 was designed and built specifically for “Spectre.” The film’s producers loved the car so much that they ordered 10 of them for the film — the only 10 ever produced. The DB10 is not available to the general public, and Aston Martin is mum on the sticker price.
The cost per car was revealed through the inevitable destruction that takes place during the filming of any Bond movie. Seven of the 10 “Spectre” signature DB10s that Aston Martin delivered to the set were destroyed during filming. The crushed, crashed and blown up DB10s cost a combined $37 million, which comes to $5,285,714.29 per car, making this the most expensive on the list.