With every Licence to Kill comes the perk of also having a license to drive some of the most sleek and stylish cars in the world, and 007 sure has had his share of killer rides. Ahead of the release of the new James Bond flick Spectre (out this Thursday), we've created our own list of the Top 5 Most Lethal and Legendary Bond Cars from the past 50 years (missiles always included):

5. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

It's one of the biggest decisions you make when buying a new car; what colour should it be? But fear not, the colour of the car is a thing of the past for Mr Bond when he was handed the keys to the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. Referred to as the 'Vanish' in 2002 Bond-flick Die Another Day, the cars main feature – adaptive camouflage which renders the vehicle almost completely invisible. Perfect for avoiding those pesky henchmen who are always trying to blow you up.

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day

4. Aston Martin DBS V12

James Bond has a unique way of managing to elude death in even the most lethal of situations. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Aston Martin DBS in Bond's 2006 venture, Casino Royale. Whilst in a high-speed car chase through the English countryside, Bond loses control of this beauty and set a Guinness World Record for "most cannon rolls in a car" when it rolled seven times, destroying the vehicle completely. No car-lover cared much as to whether Bond survived the crash or not, as they mourned the loss of this beauty. Turns out he was fine.

The Aston Martin DBS V12 from Quantum of Solace

3. Chevrolet Corvette Dunham Coach C3

New Bond, New Car. With Roger Moore stepping up for his first time donning the tux as 007 in Live and Let Die, he was ready to make his mark on the Bond scene. But Moore certainly had a battle on his hands when he came face to face with the white 1973 combination Corvette and Cadillac, Corvorado (aka The Pimp Mobile). Although it was owned by Bond-nemesis Mr Big and used to assassinate Mr Bond's driver, there's no doubt this car had some killer style, whether or not it was used for good or evil.

The Chevrolet Corvette Dunham Coach C3 from Live And Let Die

2. Lotus Esprit Series 1

Probably the Bond car with the most impressive list of included extras; not only can the 'Wet Nellie' spray concrete onto pursuing enemies via a cannon, this car also features wheel arches that double as fins and a periscope as this beauty turns seamlessly from car into amphibious boat-submarine hybrid. Perfect for making a quick, wet getaway in sticky situations or turning a beachside drive into an underwater education class for the whole family.

The Lotus Esprit Series 1 from The Spy Who Loved Me

1. Aston Martin DB5

Thought to be James Bond's choice for both personal and professional use; the Aston Martin DB5 has been labelled the most-recognised of 007's vehicles – and with its first appearance in Goldfinger, followed by cameos in a further six Bond films including the most recent Spectre, it's easy to see why this car keeps outlasting its Bond. The Aston Martin, like its array of owners, is an all-time classic.

The Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger

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