Definitive(?) list of James Bond’s cars from the John Gardner era

Recently I was looking for information on 007’s cars from John Gardner’s books and was surprised to find that a definitive list doesn’t appear to exist.

While the Saab 900 Turbo is well known from this era, it is a long way from being the only car Bond drives and the “Silver Beast” itself only features in three books out of sixteen.

Of course, a couple of Gardner’s books were novelisations, and so his hands were tied in respect to Bond’s car, but given that I could not find such a list, I decided to compile one instead.

Curiously, whereas the early books make much of Bond’s cars, as the series progresses he is often driven; these cars I have not included.

Licence Renewed (1981)
Saab 900 Turbo
For Special Services (1982)
Saab 900 Turbo
Icebreaker (1983)
Saab 900 Turbo
Role of Honour (1984)
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
Nobody Lives For Ever (1986)
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
Saab 900 Turbo (rented)
No Deals, Mr Bond (1987)
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
Saab (rented, model not stated)
Scorpius (1988)
Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
Win, Lose or Die (1989)
BMW 520i
Licence to Kill (1989)
Bentley (borrowed from Sharky, model unknown)
Brokenclaw (1990)
The Man from Barbarossa (1991)
Death is Forever (1992)
Never Send Flowers (1993)
Saab 9000 CD Turbo
BMW (rented, model not stated)
Seafire (1994)
Saab 9000 CD Turbo
VW Corrado (rented)
Goldeneye (1995)
Aston Martin DB5
BMW Z3 Roadster (from the film, model not stated in the novelisation)
COLD (1996)
Saab (model not stated)
Ford Taurus (rented)

Hopefully the list is complete, but should you find any errors or omissions please let me know either by email or in the comments below.




David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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