Bond’s back in a Bentley
BOND is back where he started . . . in a Bentley.
While most people associate James Bond with Aston Martins, the original Ian Fleming books had the British master spy driving a Bentley.
In a new book commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications, author Jeffrey Deaver (pictured) has returned 007 to his rightful place in a Bentley in the pages of
Deaver, author of the Bone Collector, selected the Bentley Continental GT in his book to be published on May 26, two days before the 103rd anniversary of Fleming’s birthday in 1908.
The book is partly set in Dubai, where Deaver recently drove a Continental GT.
‘‘It is an inspirational and awe-inspiring city and makes a perfect Bond location, especially for a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes,’’ he says.
Despite Bond driving a Bentley in Fleming’s books, his first car in a movie was a Sunbeam Alpine in the 1962 film,
He didn’t drive a Bentley until the second Bond flick,
in 1963 in which the licensed-to- kill agent drove a Bentley Mark IV. It wasn’t until the third Bond movie,
in 1964, that Bond drove the famous Aston Martin DB5, the quintessential Bond car. There were also Bentleys in
(1979). Other car companies have used Bond films to promote and even launch new models.
Highlights are the amphibious Lotus Esprit in which also featured a Mini Moke, and the launch of the BMW Z3 Roadster in 1995’s