Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89. In tribute, we present 10 of his finest automotive moments of the screen, in time-honoured countdown fashion. This is a highly biased and subjective list, excluding Cannonball Run and North Sea Hijack chiefly because no one should have to endure such pictures. Enjoy.
10) Live and Let Die – AEC Regent R/T.
For his first outing as 007 outing, Roger establishes his mark on the character by not partaking in vodka martinis, favouring safari shirts over white dinner jackets and having Bond channel his inner Reg Varney by taking the wheel of an AEC Regent double-decker. Some of the onscreen driving is from the London Transport instructor Maurice Plachett – notably the 'Low Bridge’ moment – but for some sequences that really is Moore piloting a 1947 Regent in Montego Bay. All that would have been needed to perfect the scene would have been a guest appearance from Stephen 'Blakey’ Lewis - “I ’ate you 007...”
9) The Spy Who Loved Me – Lotus Esprit
The Esprit was to Sir Roger what the Aston Martin DB5 was to Sir Sean Connery – a Bond car that captured the imagination of enthusiasts of all ages. Whether in submarine mode, outrunning a Ford Taunus Ghia-load of bit-actors or being introduced by Desmond Llewellyn as Q – “Right, now pay attention 007” – it is the quintessential Moore-era 007 transport; one that certainly keeps the British end up.