We’ve learned plenty from watching movies.
For example, to be a good secret agent, you need wits, courage and a good shot.
Being attractive and charming seems helpful.
And having a great car is just mandatory. One that, ironically, is far from inconspicuous seems the most popular choice.
So as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters this week, we take a look at some of film’s top spies and the rides they depend on.
Illya Kuryakin, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The ride(s): Trailmaster 150 XRS Buggy Gokart
James Bond, Skyfall
The ride: 1962 Aston Martin DB5
The reason: In yet another win for Aston Martin, Britain’s top super spy breaks out this 60s-era classic. The six-cylinder auto gets blown to pieces in the movie (don’t worry, it was a replica), but it’s a prized possession among collectors.
Susan Cooper, Spy
The ride: Aston Martin DB9 Car
The reason: It’s sleek, luxurious and sneaky fast. Just the type of car a spy needs to traverse the city streets. And when that spy is Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy), she needs all the help she can get.
Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity
The ride: Vintage Austin Mini Cooper
The reason: In one of the best chase scenes film has ever seen, an amnesia-stricken Jason Bourne and his new lady friend flee from police in a small, nimble and very elusive Mini Cooper.
Ethan Hunt, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The ride: BMW S 1000 RR Motorcycle
The reason: The all-new RR has been designed with speed and traction in mind, two things quite helpful to a spy who’s seemingly always in trouble. And besides, one can’t exclusively hang onto the side of an airplane for his transportation needs.
Austin Powers, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
The ride: 1961 Jaguar E Type (aka “the Shaguar”)
The reason: Painted to resemble the Union Jack, this custom job is the most patriotic of Jaguars. Perfect for thwarting evil plots and seducing fembots.
Maxwell Smart, Get Smart
The ride: 1965 Sunbeam Tiger
The reason: This classic ‘60s car was one of the fastest of its era and a formidable racer on the European rally circuit. The car of choice for Agent Smart in the TV show, it reprised its role in the 2008 movie with Steve Carell behind the wheel.