Exactly How Much Damage Has James Bond Done to His Cars Over the Years?
By Jake Rossen
While acting in the service of British intelligence, it’s often necessary to treat expensive cars like discarded aluminum cans. Nowhere is this on more graphic display than in the James Bond movies, where beautiful automobiles are often subject to horrific accidents. Presumably, 007 leaves the cost of repair or replacement with his superiors.
To figure out exactly how much that might be, UK auto group AMT Leasing recently designed an interactive chart detailing the decades of damage sustained by cars driven by James Bond actors, as well as their likely insurance costs. In 1964’s Goldfinger, for example, Bond (played by Sean Connery) takes the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5 and avoids a head-on collision by smashing the vehicle into the nearest wall. The cost of repairing the resulting disaster would run $82,105. Replacing it? $102,631.
In 1987’s The Living Daylights, Timothy Dalton may have earned the honorary title of most destructive James Bond actor: He activates the self-destruct feature on his Aston Martin V8, prompting $460,644 in replacement costs. (Not included: the bill for all of the add-on gadgets that would have also been destroyed in the fire.)
Here’s the complete rundown of the wreckage found in the 24 official Bond films to date.
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