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Face Off: James Bond's Aston Martin vs. Back to the Future's DeLorean

03.13.2014by: Dave Davis
Last week's Face-Off column featured actor Gerard Butler going up against Karl Urban, and by a wide margin, you agreed that Urban was the asskicker in that particular contest.

Something a bit different for this week: since this weekend's big release involves "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul driving cars at ridiculous velocity in NEED FOR SPEED, it seemed like a perfect opportunity for a demolition derby between a couple of the most iconic vehicles in cinematic history -- James Bond's Aston Martin and the time-traveling DeLorean from the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy. Start your engines!
DRIVER
James Bonds (Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig)
Brilliant but frazzled scientist Emmett "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd), skateboarding teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and, briefly, Old Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson, butthead)
INTRODUCTION
Bond visit's Q's gadget lab in the basement of MI6.

Bond: "Where's my Bentley?"
Q: "Oh, it's had it's day, I'm afraid."
Bond: "Well, it's never let me down."
Q:"M's orders, 007. You'll be using this Aston Martin DB5."

Q then lists off the numerous offensive and defensive gadgets installed in the car before arriving at his favorite.

Q: "Now, this one I'm particularly keen about. You see the gear lever here? Now, if you take the top off, you'll find a little red button. Whatever you do, don't touch it!"
Bond: "And why not?"
Q: "Because you'll release this section of the roof and engage and fire the passenger ejector seat."
Bond: "Ejector seat? You're joking!"
Q: "I never joke about my work, 007."
Marty: "Wait a minute, wait a minute. Doc... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"
Doc: "Yes, the way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"

To demonstrate, Doc loads his faithful dog into the vehicle and, via remote control, revs the engine and sends the DeLorean hurtling up to 88mph... at which point it disappears into the spacetime continuum, leaving only flaming trails on the pavement.
USEFUL UPGRADES
- twin .30 caliber machineguns

- bulletproof windscreen and rear shield

- tire-shredding blades

- passenger ejector seat

- oil slick

- smoke screen

- revolving number plate

- GPS dashboard

- water cannons
- flux capacitor that allows vehicle and its occupants to travel through time

- hover conversion

- Mr. Fusion home energy reactor

- whitewall tires
FUEL
standard petrol
gasoline and plutonium (but later improved to accept garbage)
appearances
Six James Bond movies (GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, CASINO ROYALE) and two videogames

(The Aston Martin DB5 was also driven on screen by Roger Moore and George Lazenby, but in non-007 roles)
The BACK TO THE FUTURE feature film trilogy, plus four videogames, an animated series and a theme park ride
ROADS REQUIRED?
Yes
No
FINAL FATE
blasted to smithereens by helicopter gunfire, courtesy of rogue MI6 operative Raoul Silva
obliterated into scrap metal by an oncoming locomotive
DELOREAN
Sure, the Aston Martin has been responsible for getting our favorite secret agent out of his fair share of scrapes, and almost nobody else is as suave as our man 007 behind the wheel of any vehicle.

But a DeLorean that can travel through time? AND fly? The biggest nerd in the world would immediately become supercool in that stainless steel wonder of engineering and questionable science!

Agree? Disagree? Which do you prefer?
POST YOUR CHOICE BELOW!

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4:57AM on 03/14/2014
The Delorean can travel trough time.... that's the best feature a car can have!
The Delorean can travel trough time.... that's the best feature a car can have!
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1:09AM on 03/14/2014
The Aston Martin wasn't as important to James Bond as the DeLorean was to Back to the Future. Therefore, DeLorean.
The Aston Martin wasn't as important to James Bond as the DeLorean was to Back to the Future. Therefore, DeLorean.
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11:43AM on 03/13/2014

DeLorean

I'm a huge DeLorean fan and plan on buying one finally within the next two years.
I'm a huge DeLorean fan and plan on buying one finally within the next two years.
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11:00AM on 03/13/2014

Will get you laid?

Aston Martin

regardless, gotta go with the Delorean
Aston Martin

regardless, gotta go with the Delorean
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7:57AM on 03/14/2014
I dunno, man--the DeLorean is probably equally or more likely to get you laid. Everyone loves Back to the Future!
I dunno, man--the DeLorean is probably equally or more likely to get you laid. Everyone loves Back to the Future!
10:57AM on 03/13/2014

Delorean

The delorean....without a doubt.
The delorean....without a doubt.
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9:19AM on 03/13/2014

AMEN

It's a no-brainer. If I had the chance th Delorean would be the first car that I would buy for myself. Even before the Batmobile or the Interceptor and definitely before an Aston Martin.
It's a no-brainer. If I had the chance th Delorean would be the first car that I would buy for myself. Even before the Batmobile or the Interceptor and definitely before an Aston Martin.
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8:46AM on 03/13/2014
I choose Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a lifetime's supply of Toot Sweets, tout suite.
I choose Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a lifetime's supply of Toot Sweets, tout suite.
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7:55AM on 03/13/2014

Aston Martin for the win

based on a category you didn't use: "Can you still get parts for it?"

Aston Martin is still in business and going strong. DeLorean . . . not so much.
based on a category you didn't use: "Can you still get parts for it?"

Aston Martin is still in business and going strong. DeLorean . . . not so much.
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8:19PM on 03/13/2014
There's a shop a few miles from me that specializes in DeLoreans. It's pretty awesome driving by and seeing their back lot full of them. [link]
There's a shop a few miles from me that specializes in DeLoreans. It's pretty awesome driving by and seeing their back lot full of them. [link]
11:45AM on 03/13/2014
Wrong. You can easily purchase parts from the DeLorean companies in Houston, Florida, California and Ohio.
Wrong. You can easily purchase parts from the DeLorean companies in Houston, Florida, California and Ohio.
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7:05AM on 03/13/2014
Gotta be the DeLorean
When you say Aston Martin - you don't necessarily instantly think of Bond, on the other hand when you say DeLorean, the first thing that comes to mind is Back To The Future
Gotta be the DeLorean
When you say Aston Martin - you don't necessarily instantly think of Bond, on the other hand when you say DeLorean, the first thing that comes to mind is Back To The Future
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5:55AM on 03/13/2014
Im english, but even I would have gone with the delorean, Bond never relied on one car and the delorean was a huge part of the back to the future movies. 'Great Scott'
Im english, but even I would have gone with the delorean, Bond never relied on one car and the delorean was a huge part of the back to the future movies. 'Great Scott'
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5:01AM on 03/13/2014
Lately I've been getting the feeling that some categories are in some way made up just to fit who the writer wants to win... Not to diss on Dave, but sometimes it's unfair to judge them on completely biased items (like the "roads required" category today, for example).
Lately I've been getting the feeling that some categories are in some way made up just to fit who the writer wants to win... Not to diss on Dave, but sometimes it's unfair to judge them on completely biased items (like the "roads required" category today, for example).
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2:23AM on 03/13/2014
It's weird to see Aston Martin up against DeLorean. Why not Goldfinger's Aston Martin with Die Another Day's Aston Martin? Nevertheless, I'd go with DeLorean. It doesn't need Road.
It's weird to see Aston Martin up against DeLorean. Why not Goldfinger's Aston Martin with Die Another Day's Aston Martin? Nevertheless, I'd go with DeLorean. It doesn't need Road.
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2:08AM on 03/13/2014
Now here's a particularly creative face-off! Both are definitely classic picture cars, but ultimately I'm going with the DeLorean. I think part of the allure is that it's even more "of-the-era" than the DB5 is, and that the DMC-12 was the only car ever made by the company makes it that much more identifiable. There's no question that the DeLorean is "the Back to the Future car", maybe even a tinge more than the DB5 is the "James Bond car".
Now here's a particularly creative face-off! Both are definitely classic picture cars, but ultimately I'm going with the DeLorean. I think part of the allure is that it's even more "of-the-era" than the DB5 is, and that the DMC-12 was the only car ever made by the company makes it that much more identifiable. There's no question that the DeLorean is "the Back to the Future car", maybe even a tinge more than the DB5 is the "James Bond car".
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