Cars have always been a part of the Bond franchise, and car dealerships have likely been feeling the effect of each Bond film's featured vehicles since the very beginning. For the most part, the phrase 'James Bond car' is shorthand for the Aston Martin DB5, but what car would he go for if he were an everyday guy with the same sense of style and class? Today, we look at some of the lesser-known cars featured in the franchise, often forgotten in the shadow of the Aston Martin.

The 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Mustang Mach 1 famously appeared in the 1971 film, Diamonds are Forever. It was used in the climactic shot of the Vegas car-chase scene, in which it has to balance on two wheels to make it through an alleyway. While it's probably not the best idea to look into getting a Mustang of your own in order to replicate this particular stunt, it does make a stylish option for an everyday vehicle. The Mach 1 was produced by Ford between 1969 and 1978, and then again for 2003 and 2004, as part of a Ford heritage program.

The BMW Z8

Show-stealer of any BMW dealership, the BMW Z8 appeared in 1999's The World is Not Enough where it was spectacularly cut in half by a chopper. The car was featured in the film despite being slated for release a few months after principal photography - BMW provided the crew with several working prototypes to use instead. The Z8 was originally designed as a style exercise - created as a throwback to the 1956-1959 BMW 507.

The Mercedes S400

Driven by Bond in China, in the 2012 film Skyfall, the S400 is part of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class - the flagship vehicles of the manufacturer. Each generation of the vehicle features the newest technical achievements made by Mercedes, and these eventually trickle down into their smaller vehicles. Some of the spy-level technology including in the retail version of the S-Class series includes night vision to detect objects and animals on the road ahead, 360-degree visibility and smart suspension and stability systems.

Looking for your own Q branch?

Even if you're not James Bond, you'll still feel like a secret agent in many of today's luxury vehicles. The included technology may not cover an underwater mode or an ejection seat, but you'll be amazed by the safety, performance, and power of modern-day vehicles. If you're in the market for high-end consumer vehicles - Our dealerships can help you drive away happy. Talk to us about finding the car for you today!