8 Bond cars and actors that should be in the next 007 masterpiece
With the latest James Bond in filming issues due to the walk out of Director Danny Boyle, it got me thinking - who would be a next great Bond? Then a better idea came into my head - what is the next Bond car? That's more like it for Drivetribe, we are about cars after all - although I was tempted to put the Boys on this list, but I don't think Jeremy, James or Richard are the perfect match to be Bond, no matter how much I would like to see that... (Hammond mostly).
Each car has it's own personality, just like actors, so what cars would match each actor - that's what I'm here to find out on this - 8 Bond cars and actors that should be in the next 007 masterpiece.
1. The Jaguar F-type and Tom Hiddleston
The F-Type is perfect for Bond, it's fast, stylish and very, very British. The model in question would have to be the 5.0L V8 supercharged coupe, it needs to get that power down in the car chases around the alps and AWD for those tight, urban scenes. That puts down 700 Nm of Torque on those lovely stone streets of Monaco, leaving elevenses in its path that would make Clarkson proud. 0-60 is done in 3.5, which is enough for a car that is only 1.7 Tons - but then you have to add Mr Bond...
Tom Hiddleston would fit the Jaguar very nicely, after all, he has done a few adverts for them in the past - the XE and Art Of Villainy which shows Hiddleston driving a white F-type, explaining why we, the British, are the best of the baddies. After working on the Avengers film franchise as the villain Loki, his career took him to more places, making him one of the finest young male actors in the UK. His acting style and looks reflex what James Bond should be, and always should be - sharp, focused and about 6 foot tall...
2. The Bentley Continental GT and Tom Hardy.
Large, brutish and imposing. I'm talking about the car first of all, but that's why Tom Hardy works well with it. The last James Bond has been rough and ready for a fight, but well-accustomed to a tailored suit and fancy shoes. That's what the Bentley is, it's a rough and ready pair of oxfords. It's still ready to play with the big boys though, with a colossal 6.0L W12 engine, it maybe be big, but it can keep up with the lightweights. This car weighs twice as much as the Jaguar, but still does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and that poor stone street will be destroyed by 900Nm of Torque - the locals will not be pleased. Also, in the Bond books, he originally had a Bentley... That's history repeating it's self.
Tom Hardy fits the GT like a dream - chalk and cheese. He is clearly a great actor, he can play the rough laddish rogue, but also can clearly look the part of a sharp suited Brit that has a pistol hidden in that £3,000 Savile row lining. Playing both the Kray twins in the film 'Legend', it's proof that he can do more than the typical actor, and more. Mad Max was another point, he can give such a good character with less than 50 words in the whole film, a silent Bond? Brooding and slick styled. Sure, my money is on him.
3. The BMW i8 and Henry Cavill.
Just like BMWs of the past Bond films, this one can be controlled via mobile phone... Okay, not controlled as such, but many settings of your car can be altered and changed on the app on apple phones - locking/unlocking, how many miles are on the clock and if all the windows are smashed in. Would a Hybrid car be something Bond drive? It's a maybe, the instant Torque that electrical power gives that would make this car useful from losing those henchmen at the docks, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds with a possibility of sneaking quietly away on the electric engine. Sounds like Q branch has been messing with the car...
Henry Cavill suits this car as he plays the futuristic Superman, alongside other roles in Mission Impossible and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - a combination that has created a possible future Bond in the making, the square jaw line and sharp dark hairstyle like Timothy Dalton means he has the style of 007... so what are we waiting for?
4. The Nissan GT-R50 and Richard Maddon.
This rare beauty could make the perfect Bond car, especially even better if the story was based in Japan with honorable respect for this superb vehicle. Only 50 have been made at a crazy price tag of £800,000 - that's enough to make your eyes water, they can be tailored to each customer. Based on the GTR NISMO, they replace the front and back bumpers, restyling the lights and giving it a two tone paint scheme. Cranking up the power of the 3.6L V6, it now kicks out 711bhp - assisted with new coolers, high-spec turbos and heavy duty gubbins. We have seen in the past how quickly the GT-R can accelerate from a stand still with it's amazing launch control, so this is another bullet for Bond...
Richard Maddon would be a younger James Bond - only being 32. His rise to acting fame came to light after playing Robb Stark in Game Of Thornes, the voice of the vampire Alcudard in some resent Castlevania video games - but like every Scotsman apart from David Tennant - he's been in Taggart... so he's used to murder... He's got this Bond in the bag, it's the cleft chin that does it. Now get the young lad in a suit and give him a walther PPK.
5. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and Damian Lewis.
The classic Bond car, but with that extra bit of fizz. More bang for your buck. It's powerful looks paired with the most powerful engine they have created, you can't deny this is the perfect Bond car. It may have a large grille like a whale, but it's needed to let in as much air to power the 715bhp engine. The geometric stitching on the leather seats looks like something out of a Sci-Fi film, the red thread and piping burns into your eyes like a laser. Even with stronger brakes, suspension and bigger grilles, the Superleggera is still light. 0-60 is 3.4 seconds and a top speed 211mph - you can out-run, out-smart and out-class everyone.
Damian Lewis may be one of the strongest runners in the bookies for the next Bond. His classic roles in Band of Brothers and Homeland ensure a star performance that everyone would love for James Bond. He fits the styling and raw power of the classically trained Aston Martin perfectly.
6. The Rimac Concept_two and Luke Evans.
What bright spark thought of this? An electric Supercar for James Bond? It only could be one crazy concept for a modern Bond - the Rimac C_Two. It may still be only a concept still in 2018, but they hope to get them rolling off the production line by the end of 2019. The C_one was fast and light enough as it is, but this new car is even more hardcore. Even after 3 weeks after the launch of the C_Two, it was sold out as a price tag of €1,795,532. For that you get a car that will do 0-60 in 1.85 seconds, 400 Mile range and it capable of autonomous driving... Pure Bond territory.
Luke Evans fits the Rimac so well, this Welshman is known for his roles in fantasy films: Bard in The Hobbit, Zeus in Immortals and Prince Vlad in Dracula untold. But his roles do carry on into the car world with two Fast and Furious's (what is the plural of that?) under his belt. His timeless style and warm Welsh tones may make him a great Bond of the future, or even now.
7. The Ford GT and Micheal Fassbender.
It may seem a bit American for the British agent, let's say if Bond's story took him to the States - this car would be perfect. Seen as a bit of a brute, the new style GT is something of a piece of modern beauty, evolution after 50 years of steel and hotdogs... I mean horsepower! Ford have taken their racing history and refined it, honed it and have created one of the jewels of the car world. The shape of the bodywork with cut out gorges creates a greater down force, alongside a neat little V6 throwing out 647bhp - Incredible for something that only weighs 1.4 tons... AND, it can go around corners...
So why Michael Fassbender? An Irishman born in Germany? Doesn't sound very British to me... Well, he is by nature and looks, all those things and more. He is a brilliant actor with his first role as a Spartan warrior in the film 300, you can't start a career any cooler than that. His filmography boasts 33 roles since 2007 - Including 3 X-Men films, Alien: Covenant and Assassin's Creed. His cool demeanor shows us that he could easily take on the role of Bond, but would he be too informal and fighty, like the Ford GT?
8. The SLS AMG GT and Idris Elba.
Can Bond pull off gull-wing doors? Erm, hell yes! The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT may not be as up-to-date as its little sister - the AMG GT - but this would be the car to choose. It's bold, brash and harsh without losing the German engineering perfection from an Mercedes-Benz. As Bond rolls a lot of cars around, the doors can be detached for an easy escape, maybe a good car for an ejector seat? Who wouldn't use this to cruise around the alpine roads, up to the ski lodge and drink a martini? If trouble arises, 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and sadly limited to 197mph, but it doesn't let that stop it being a fabulous car - especially in this colour!
Idris Elba has got a lot under his belt, as well as being a talented actor, he also had a stint as a kickboxer, directs/produces, does DJ sets and produces music. In his youth as he trained at a theater group, he spent his time working as a Tyre fitter and worked on the night shift in Ford Dagenham, London. Amazingly, his first TV role was on the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous... as a gigolo - thankfully, his career took of after that odd role. But he clearly has a thing for motors, after his series Idris Elba: No Limits - as he tackles different challenges from ralley driving to flying an aerobatics plane... Well, I think we know who might not need a stunt man...
Oh, I don't know which one is best! I think for me, the next Bond should be someone who can look the part - stylish, sharp and brutal when needed. He needs to be a killer with a cause, but still have a human heart... So I pick Luke Evans for this role, he would be a great 007, but it unlikely to happen...
But this should be about the cars more than the men in them. It needs to be classic, rememberable and good enough that we all want one too. Then, it has to fall to the.... OH I CAN'T CHOOSE!