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What do the ‘90s-era James Bond and his cars all have in common? None of them are British. Pierce Brosnan took on the role of 007 for 1995’s GoldenEye. Brosnan, an Irishman, drove German BMWs for three of his four Bond films.
But the first, the Z3 in GoldenEye, was still in preproduction during the filming, so the production staff could do little with it. Though Q himself claimed there were Stinger missiles behind the headlights, we only got to see the little roadster hoon around a bit in Cuba. It was unfortunate enough to be escorted off-screen by Joe Don Baker.
The next Bond car, however, made up for the lack. And it was a sedan.
A big four-door might seem the wrong fit for Britain’s top secret agent, but as with the DB5 way back in ’64, it was all about product placement. Or, if you’re an optimist, it needed the extra space for all the gadgets.
The 735iL was impressive from the start. Built on the E38 long wheel base chassis, it packed a 5.4 liter V12 under the bonnet. This put 356 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque down through the rear wheels. It could wrestle its way to 60 in just 6.3 seconds. Not bad for a car weighing well over two tons.
Then, of course, Q Branch got ahold of it and made it one of the most memorable Bond cars ever. It had electrified door handles to shock would-be thieves. It had a multidirectional tear gas emitter and secret storage compartments where the side airbags were supposed to go. A tiny cable saw hidden under the hood badge, making for some stellar money shots. A caltrop dispenser crouched behind the rear bumper. The tires could reinflate themselves. And to top it all off (pardon the pun), the roof housed an arrangement of missiles.
But the crowning achievement, for both Q and the product placement department, was the remote control: Bond’s then-ahead-of-its-time Sony Ericsson smart phone. He was able to control everything from the back seat during the 750’s famous parking garage battle, using a touch pad on the phone (which doubles as a taser).
It’s as if the producers knew they’d failed with the Z3 in GoldenEye and wanted to make up for it with Tomorrow Never Dies. The car was packed with gadgetry, and every bit of it was displayed in the film.
By the end, when 007 nonchalantly straightens his coat and clears his throat before leaving the parking garage on foot, you didn’t care that Brosnan was Irish. He was the ideal Bond. And after its enemy-detonating, tire smoking performance, you didn’t care either that the 750 was a German four-door. It had everything a Bond car needed. Or, at least it did to my 13-year-old brain when I saw Tomorrow Never Dies on the big screen.
Next week’s will be our final installment in the series, covering the current Daniel Craig era. But rather than discuss the luscious Aston Martin DBS he drove in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (haven’t we seen enough Astons?), we’ll take a look what he’ll reportedly use in the next, yet untitled Bond film: the Bentley Continental GT, along with the gadgets we think 007 would require in the field.