Bond fans choose Citroen 2CV as favourite
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A Citroen 2CV plays the leading role in the greatest James Bond chase sequence of all time, a survey revealed today. Roger Moore’s classic escape in the 1981 film, “For Your Eyes Only”, topped a poll conducted by motoring website, 4Car, for Jeremy Clarkson’s auto-fest MPH Show ’06. The infamous 2CV sequence, which helped rake in a cool $194m in the box office originally, saw Bond abandon his venerable Lotus Esprit for a bright yellow 2CV in order to escape hitman Hector Gonzales and his henchmen. Moore easily out-ran Sean Connery and his Aston Martin DB5 chase in Goldfinger, together with Pierce Brosnan’s destructive tank chase in the 1995 smash-hit, Goldeneye. Both polled 13 percent for joint second place.
Bond’s car of choice, the Aston Martin, featured in three of the top ten shortlisted sequences – the last being the invisible Vanquish V12 in Die Another Day.
Other memorable moments included the underwater Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me at Number 5 and the first ever Bond car chase, Sean Connery and his Sunbeam in the 1962 classic, Dr No.
With Casino Royale premiering next month, Clarkson and small-screen co-host, James May, will conduct a daily theatrical tribute to Bond and his love-affair with the car in front of a live audience of 12,000 each day at Birmingham’s NEC (26-29 October) and London’s Earls Court (2-5 November). Other acts on the £1m MPH stage will include a Ninja fighting a Vauxhall Monaro, a 3D helicopter gun chase and ‘Parkour’ experts defying gravity by jumping over moving cars.
Cars, stunts and explosive action insured to the tune of £1bn will take centre stage at the end of this month MPH Show in Birmingham and London.
Top Ten James Bond Chase Sequences as voted by visitors to 4car.co.uk
1 Roger Moore in a Citroen 2CV: For Your Eyes Only (1981) 24 percent
= 2 Sean Connery in an Aston Martin DB5: Goldfinger (1964) 13 percent
= 2 Pierce Brosnan in a T-55 tank in St Petersburg: Goldeneye (1995) 13 percent
4 Roger Moore in an AMC Hornet 'X' hatchback in Thailand: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) 12 percent
5 Roger Moore in a Lotus Esprit: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)10.5 percent
6 Timothy Dalton chasing drug-filled tankers: Licence to Kill (1989) 9.5 percent
7 Pierce Brosnan in a remote-controlled BMW 750: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 8.5 percent
8 Sean Connery driving a Sunbeam followed by three assassins in a hearse: Dr. No (1962) 7 percent
9 Timothy Dalton in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage down a snowy hillside: The Living Daylights (1987) 1.5 percent
10 Pierce Brosnan in the Aston Martin Vanquish V12: Die Another Day (2002) 1 percent