James Bond Drives A Toyota In ‘No Time To Die’
Daniel Craig’s James Bond has impeccable taste in classic vehicles. This incarnation of Agent 007 won a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in a poker game, cruised around Jamaica in Land Rover Series III, and even splurged on a hand-built Spirit Yachts sailboat. James Bond demands the finer things in life. So imagine our surprise when we caught James Bond behind the wheel of a Toyota in the latest trailer for No Time To Die.
Agent 007’s Toyota Land Cruiser 90 Series
During the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s 007 comes out of retirement. He takes a very rad 1980s Aston Martin V8 Vantage out of storage and uses it to chase the bad guys to Norway. Once in Norway, he needs to pursue them off-road, so he ditches the coupe and finds a 4×4. The SUV James Bond chooses is a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J90. This J90 is a five-door, long-wheelbase model built between 1997 and 2002. Toyota finished this example in beige paint. In some markets this SUV is simply called a Toyota Prado.
Behind the wheel of his Toyota SUV, 007 chases a convoy of new Land Rovers and Triumph Scrambler motorcycles off-road. More bad guys show up and chase James Bond. At some point, a helicopter even joins the action.
Eon Productions filmed this dramatic sequence at locations in Norway and Scotland. The action set piece demanded dramatic stunts, even flipping one Land Rover onto its roof. James Bond’s Land Cruiser proved the perfect tool to dispatch the bad guys, but it was not 007’s first Toyota.
Sean Connery’s James Bond Drove A Toyota
During 1967’s You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery’s James Bond travels to Japan. In Tokyo, he teams up with a Japanese Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) agent named Aki. She drives a 1966 Toyota 2000GT convertible that they use in some harrowing car chases.
Eon Productions wanted a Japanese sports car for the film, so they approached Toyota. Toyota was happy to provide a 2000GT coupe. There was only one problem: the 6’2″ Sean Connery could not fit in the car.
Eager to place a 2000GT in the international film, Toyota hacked the roof off of two white 1966 coupes, transforming them into unique convertibles. The team used one car in filming and kept the other as a backup.
Eon Productions took the film car to England for promotion, but the vehicle disappeared in 1967 and remains lost to this day. Toyota bought the other car from a private collection in 1977 and now proudly displays it at the Toyota Automobile Museum. Jay Leno called it the most collectible Japanese car in the world.
The ‘No Time To Die’ Toyota Land Cruiser’s Demise
Agent 007 may be renowned for his Aston Martins and Bentleys, but Bond has driven several lower-budget vehicles during Daniel Craig’s tenure. These include many Jaguars and Land Rovers as well as a Ford Edge, vintage Ford Bronco, Mercedes S400, International 4900 truck, Honda CRF 250 L motorcycle, New Holland bucket loader, and Volvo S40.
From the No Time To Die trailer, it is clear that James Bond wrecks many bad guys with his Land Cruiser Prado. But it is also clear that he ends up walking and hitches a ride with Lashana Lynch’s Agent Nomi in her Aston Martin. Considering agent 007’s track record with vehicles, it is unlikely his Toyota Land Cruiser survives No Time To Die in one piece. We will have to wait for the movie to find out.