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The Spy Who Drove Me

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In Die Another Day, which opens Nov. 22, Pierce Brosnan drives the Vanquish, Halle Berry has a Thunderbird and there's a Jaguar XKR for the villain, Zao (Rick Yune). Advertisements for all three cars are tied to the film, and there are cameos by other cars from the Ford's stable: a Range Rover, a Volvo S60 and an S80, the Ford Streetka from Europe, a vintage Fairlane and a GT40 race car.

Ford's bonds have been downgraded on Wall Street, but Bond's Fords are a blue-chip product placement. Estimates of the value of the deal among Ford; Eon Productions, which owns the rights to James Bond; and MGM, the studio distributing the film, have ranged from $40 million (in Variety) to $140 million (in The Daily Mail in London).

But Ford isn't talking. "We did not pay to have the cars in the films," said Ford spokeswoman Paige Johnson. "The deal is about mutually beneficial marketing."

A Ford news release asks, "What woman hasn't dreamed of being a Bond girl?" The company needs only 700 dreamers; that's all the limited-edition T-Birds it plans to sell. (The number is 007 backward.)

The T-Bird in the film has no armament. "The only bombshell in the Thunderbird is Halle Berry," Johnson said. The car's coral paint, she noted, matches the coral two-piece bathing suit that Berry wears in the film. Those who buy the car can get matching Revlon cosmetics -- the Limited Edition 007 Color Collection -- or go for contrast with From Russia With Love Red.

Those with less active fantasy lives or more limited means can settle for one-eighteenth-scale models of the cars, which join a vast fleet of Bond toy cars offered by Corgi () and other model makers that serve as a reminder of how many 007 cars there have been for more than 40 years (and five actors playing Bond). Here are some of them:

Dr. No (1962): Sean Connery drives an unassuming blue Sunbeam Alpine.

From Russia With Love (1963): As in most of the original Ian Fleming novels, 007 shows up in a black Bentley.

Goldfinger (1964): Aston Martin makes its Bond-movie debut. The "silver birch" DB5 has an ejection seat ("Don't touch that button!") as well as devices that create smokescreens and oil slicks. Goldfinger prefers a Rolls-Royce Phantom III, and his sidekick, Odd Job, shows up in a Ford Ranchero.

Thunderball (1965): The Aston Martin DB5.

Casino Royale (1967): A vintage Bentley, black and supercharged.

You Only Live Twice (1967): Bond gets a rare Toyota 2000GT, a limited-edition supercar converted to a convertible for this film.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969): George Lazenby and Diana Rigg leave their wedding in an Aston Martin DBS. They also traverse Swiss ski slopes in a Mercury Cougar. (The Cougar was an offbeat choice, as was Lazenby; neither made an encore.)

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