Try another day: When Q branch got James Bond’s cars wrong

Leyland Sherpa van – The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

It is possible I have lost my objectivity here after years of being dragged to school sports events in the back of one of these appalling machines, but at the time, I also used to help out doing deliveries in a Transit and even then I can remember thinking how wildly superior was the Ford. This Sherpa died in the desert, the best place for it.

Ford Mondeo – Casino Royale, 2006

It’s just such a bland, middle-of-the-road choice, even if it is clearly a hire car. Can you imagine the conversation at the Avis desk in Montenegro airport? “An Aston Martin? I can do better than that, Mr Bond. Here’s a new car from the company that actually owns Aston Martin, you lucky man…”

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