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Top Gear: 50 Years Of Bond Cars DVD Review

Top Gear- 50 Years Of Bond Cars DVD

James Bond and “Top Gear” fans will find much to admire about this special episode.

In order to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of James Bond (and to cross promote “Skyfall”), “Top Gear” host Richard Hammond and the show’s producers have opted to make a fun special that pays tribute to the classic cars of the famed franchise. With interviews from everyone to director Guy Hamilton and the former Stig to Roger Moore and Daniel Craig, viewers will get fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the cars and how they came to be on film. Among the cars featured in the film are the Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger,” the Toyota 2000gt from “You Only Live Twice,” the Lotus Esprit in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the AMC Hornet in “The Man With The Golden Gun,” the Aston Martin DBS in “Casino Royale” and the BMWs and Aston Martin in the Pierce Brosnan era.

As a hardcore Bond fan and a casual fan of “Top Gear,” this 60 minute special felt like a match made in heaven. Not only was the special filled with great facts about the now iconic cars that are forever associated with the Bond franchise, but there was plenty of great stories about the car chase blooper in “Diamonds Are Forever,” the bus chase in “Live and Let Die,” car stunts, cheap Bond cars, Pinewood Studios, and even a Bentley that writer Ian Fleming envisioned as Bond’s car. Add in fun little segments like Hammond trying to replicate the invisible car from “Die Another Day” as well as creating an underwater Lotus like the one in “Spy Who Loved Me” and this makes for fast, breezy entertainment. In fact, my only complaint is that I wish it were longer!


The special, which is presented in widescreen, is undoubtedly well shot and sharp looking for a DVD disc, but I can’t help but wonder why this didn’t get a Blu-ray release.

You can argue that this special deserved better than a Dolby Digital Stereo track, but the track itself is still adequate. Still, there’s no denying that the Bond film clips and car sounds would have been even better on a 5.1 track.

No extras have been included.

Summary: If you’re looking to buy “Skyfall,” “Top Gear: 50 Years Of Bond Cars” makes a great companion piece with it. Check it out.

March 4, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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