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50 Years of Bond Cars: A Top Gear Special
Regular viewers of TopGear.com will have
noted our excitement about new Bond flick Skyfall…
But Richard Hammond and the TV boys have one
step further in their Bond appreciation: at the end of the month you’ll be able
to watch our latest Top Gear special on your TV screens as Hammond pays tribute
to 50 years of Bond cars.
And our show is, of course, anything but
straightforward. Alongside the Goldfinger DB5, the most iconic Bond car ever
has to be the white underwater Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me. So, after a
few drinks, the crew decided that the best birthday present Top Gear could
possibly give would be a working amphibious Lotus, designed using Top Gear Engineering…
Elsewhere Richard takes a back seat, and
gives the floor to some of the amazing characters who have brought Bond’s car
moments to life over the past half-century. There are appearances from Guy
Hamilton (director of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and
The Man With The Golden Gun), while Roger Moore joins us to tell tales of the
fish inside the Lotus Esprit. Daniel Craig – in breaks from filming Skyfall – also
talks about driving with The Stig and reveals his favourite Bond car.
UPDATE: the show will air on BBC Two and BBC HD in the UK
at 9pm on Monday 29 October. And for now, here’s a trailer to whet the appetite…
(We’re afraid that for copyright reasons the trailer is only available to view in the UK)