Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Cream-colored 1964½ sports car with red upholstery belonging to Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet) in Goldfinger. After her failed assassination attempt against Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) on a Swiss mountain highway, Tilly is chased by 007 (Sean Connery), who shreds her tires with his trick Aston Martin. The Mustang, the first of its model line to be featured in a major motion picture, was also the first of many Ford Motor Company cars to appear in the James Bond series.

SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) also drives a Mustang in Thunderball. It’s a light blue 1965 model with a white top. When 007 (Sean Connery) leaves the water after his underwater escapade underneath the anchored Disco Volante, he hitches a ride with Volpe in this car. The same car is parked outside Emilio Largo’s Palmyra estate—another clue that Largo and Volpe are in cahoots.

In Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond (Sean Connery) drives a 1971 red hardtop Mustang, with California license plate CA52H6. (Technically speaking, this is a blooper; a Mustang rented in Nevada should have Nevada plates.) The car figures in the hilarious chase down Fremont Street between Bond and the Las Vegas Police Department, ending up in a parking lot behind the Mint Hotel (in reality, the backlot of Universal Pictures). In the final moment, Bond appears to be stopped at a narrow alley, but he manages to prop the car up on two wheels and escape. You’ll notice that Bond drives into the alley on his right tires (with the left side of the car up in the air) but exits on his left tires (with the right side of the car up in the air). To cover for the discontinuity, the filmmakers inserted a shot of the car’s interior implying that 007 somehow rocked the car from one side to the other in the middle of the narrow alley!


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