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James Bond: Top 10 most desirable Bond cars

A good Bond film is an intoxicating cocktail of intrigue, explosions, lunatic baddies and beautiful women. But the most important ingredient in this heady mix is the car - whether supplied by Q or commandeered by 007 himself, Bond's wheels never fail to set the heart racing. Apart from the one with the 2CV, obviously.

Here are the 10 most important Bond cars, their best gadget, and how much we secretly all want one.

Sunbeam Alpine - Dr No

Bond's first ever car was a rather budget choice. The Sunbeam Alpine had just 80bhp at its disposal, making it a wheezy option for the Jamaican countryside. It didn't even have any gadgets. What it did, though, was start a glorious tradition of Bond cars - one that has entertained fans for over half a century.

Best gadget: Not applicable.

Desirability factor: You can pick up a fairly tidy example on eBay for less than a Fiesta.

BMW Z3 - Goldeneye

As James May once put it: "James Bond driving a BMW is like Douglas Bader flying for the Luftwaffe." Q might have been forgiven if it was a classic, but unfortunately it was a lowly Z3 - another Bond car renowned in the real world for its lacklustre performance. Its mercifully short screen time of around two minutes was notable purely because the car didn't get blown up at any point. Shame.

Best gadget: Radar scanner and 'stinger' missiles amount to a weaponised TomTom.

Desirability factor: Virtually nil.

Citroen 2CV - For Your Eyes Only

Bond's slapstick escape from the baddies in this little yellow 2CV is one of the greatest pieces of cinematic nonsense on this list. Roger Moore's Lotus Esprit had already blown itself up by this point in the film, forcing our hero to rely on a commandeered Citroen - as much a stab at British engineering as it was on Bond's reliance on gadgetry, we suspect.

Best gadget: Yellow paint is well known for enhancing residual values.

Desirability factor: Still better than a Z3.

Aston Martin Vanquish - Die Another Day

If the ability to turn your car invisible at the flick of a switch appeals, then the Aston Martin "Vanish" could be the Bond car for you. Criticised in the real world for having rather substandard levels of interior trim for an Aston, the V12 in Die Another Day had enough armaments to fend off a similarly well-equipped Jag.

Best gadget: Imagine having an invisible car.

Desirability factor: 5 /10 imagine trying to find your invisible car.

Lotus Esprit - The Spy Who Loved Me

The Lotus Esprit S1 is a peculiar, wedge-shaped car, which launched in 1976. In the film we see it convert into a submarine and dive into the sea, which is actually slightly more believable than its apparent ability to outrun a helicopter - with just 160bhp at its disposal, the Esprit was considered underpowered at the time.

Best gadget: Submersible qualities helpful during wet winters and short trips abroad.

Desirability factor: 6 /10 - looks the part, but just isn't fast enough.

Aston Martin DB10 - Spectre

The most exclusive Bond car of this list, the Aston Martin DB10 was only ever built for filming. Just ten examples were hand built in Gaydon, Aston Martin's HQ, so don't expect to see many on the road. But expect to see some more of those distinctive aesthetics in Aston Martin models to come - the DB10 showcases a new design language for the manufacturer. All we know for sure is that the new car will be called the DB something.

Best gadget: A little early to tell!

Desirability factor: Certainly wouldn't turn one down.

(Flying) AMC Matador - The Man With the Golden Gun

It seemed like there were more AMC cars than people in this Bond film, with the goodies, the baddies and the cops all tearing around in cars from the now-defunct manufacturer. The one that sticks in the memory is Scaramanga's aerodynamically-unlikely Matador Coupe car-plane. Resplendent in a sort of brown-beige, this spectacular flying machine flew Britt Ekland "200 miles west of Bangkok", though we'd much rather fly the remote-controlled scale model used in the film.

Best gadget: You get to have a flying car, but the catch? It's brown.

Desirability factor: 8 /10 for purely practical reasons.

Aston Martin DB5 - Goldfinger

The DB5 had all the bells and whistles expected from 007's chariot, and stands the test of time as a result - the caltrop dispensers, smoke screen, an ejector seat and rotating number plates are all immensely desirable accessories to anyone used to driving in Britain today. This is probably the ultimate Bond car.

Best gadget: Rotating number plates make your car exempt from congestion charge.

Desirability factor: 9 /10.

Toyota 2000GT - You Only Live Twice

The Toyota 2000GT is one of the most beautiful models ever made by the Japanese manufacturer, and was responsible for a change in attitudes towards non-European sports cars. Monocles fell out, and sherry was spluttered indignantly across billiard rooms. But Bond's lady friend Aki went one step further with a special convertible edition, made just for the films. Vanilla 2000GTs sell for crazy money, more than their European contemporaries, and Daniel Craig himself says it's his favourite Bond car. We're inclined to agree.

Best gadget: British roadster looks with Japanese hatchback reliability - who needs rocket boosters?

Desirability factor: 9 /10

Aston Martin V8 - The Living Daylights

The captivating roar of this car was probably the most rousing score of any Bond film. Ageing, British and brutish, the Aston Martin V8 was heralded as "Britain's first supercar" on account of its 170mph top speed and its ability to beat the Ferrari Daytona to 60mph. It's also a muscular, masculine car - in contrast with Bond's later succession of wimpish BMWs.

Best gadget: Rocket boost wouldn't go amiss on the M6 Toll.

Desirability factor: 10 /10.

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