Sunbeam Alpine, Dr No (1962)
BOND FACT: The Alpine in Dr No was borrowed from a Jamaican resident and was one of only a few sports cars on the island.
The first Bond film had a budget of less than £1m, so there was no gadget- laden Q Branch special for Sean Connery. In fact, when he arrives in Jamaica on the trail of Dr No, 007 has to settle for a rented Sunbeam Alpine.
￼￼￼Powered by a wheezy 80bhp 1.6-litre engine and featuring the same underpinnings as the humble Hillman Husky estate, the two-seater has barely enough puff to outrun the thirties LaSalle hearse driven by Dr No’s mysterious henchmen, the Three Blind Mice.
Fortunately, the Alpine’s nimble handling and low height save the day, allowing Bond to slip under a large crane blocking his path. The LaSalle and its occupants meet an explosive end after plunging off a cliff.
While manufacturers provided free cars in exchange for screen time in later films, Dr No’s producers had to borrow the Alpine from a local. Still, in Ian Fleming’s novel, 007 drove an even less sexy Hillman Minx saloon.
- 1IntroductionWhat is the best James Bond car of all time? We've picked some of our favourites. What's yours?
- 2Aston Martin DB5BOND FACT: The car also appears in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012)
- 3Lotus EspritBOND FACT: The Esprit that crashed into the sea was a mock-up fired by an air cannon.
- 4Sunbeam Alpine - currently readingBOND FACT: The Alpine in Dr No was borrowed from a Jamaican resident and was one of only a few sports cars on the island.
- 5Aston Martin DBS￼BOND FACT: The sensational Casino Royale crash was filmed at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.
- 6Ford Mustang Mach 1￼￼BOND FACT: The Mustang chase was filmed on Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street, which was still open to the public.
- 7BMW Z8BOND FACT: The film's 14-minute pre-title sequence is by far the longest of any Bond film.
- 8Aston Martin Vanquish￼BOND FACT: The car chase on the ice was shot in Norway and Iceland.
- 9Citroen 2CVBOND FACT: The film's car chases were choreographed by French stunt driver Rémy Julienne.
- 10What the villains droveHe's behind you: some of our favourite vehicles driven by the villains