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  1. Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars
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  2. Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars

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Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars (DVD)

In the history of cinema; no action hero has been more closely associated with cars than James Bond. Alongside the gadgets, the girls and the baddies, Bond's cars are one of the vital ingredients that have made his films a spectacular success. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond celebrates 50 years of Bond's amazing history with the machine on wheels. The special episode reveals the entertaining behind-the-scenes stories of the most iconic cars, including the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit submarine car. Roger Moore takes us through the era of Bond's greatest car stunts. Richard gets in on the action with 'Bond Car On a Budget' building his own invisible car and Lotus submarine – on worryingly low funds. There's also an exclusive report from the sets of latest Bond film, Skyfall.


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This looks to be the special as shown on television, which was enjoyable. I might have wished for slightly more time on the bit where they constructed a fully working Lotus submarine, but they were trying to keep the time of the show within an hour for broadcast.

The Product Details list a run time of 135 minutes though, which was over twice the length of the broadcast special. This suggested that there would be extras on this or would be an extended version of the special. The DVD though only lists a run time of 60 minutes and doesn't list any extras. Don't be fooled by the run time listing in the product details. Still, for the price it's not a bad deal.
I will admit I was a bit worried how this would come off. Top Gear, the premier motoring show in the world doing a special on 50 years of James Bond cars. I love Top Gear but to be honest some of their ‘specials’ come off as being done on the cheap and for yucks. Well I was rarely so glad to be so wrong. This time they did it right with intelligence and respect and style.

Richard Hammond starts with the Fleming books and what he wrote about cars and then the troubles the films had getting cars including a complaint on the rental fee they had for the sunbeam Connery drives for a few minutes on screen.

He covers the cars in the films, has footage of the films, discusses the stunts and even has interviews with early director Hamilton and actors Daniel Craig and Roger Moore about their driving experiences. He doesn’t focus just on the glamorous cars like the DBV but the lesser ones, the AMC he flips in Man with the Golden Gun, I was surprised to... Read more
I bought this for my husband and he's watched it at least twice. I've watched it once with him. I found the history of Bond cars interesting (as we've watched all the Bond films over the years) and Richard Hammond (one of the Top Gear presenters) does a good job with the interviews and descriptions of the cars. All the Bond movies are mentioned, even the latest one, Skyfall. Jeremy Clarkson and James May from the Top Gear series aren't in this DVD, but I didn't expect them to be. Happy with our purchase.
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