James Bond Motorcycles – Roger Moore, the British actor who interpreted James Bond in seven of the famous franchise’s films, has died at 89 years old. Moore died after a short but brave battle with cancer. The English actor is one of the symbols of the James Bond saga, in which he was able to drive or admire some of the world’s most iconic bikes. This is our Top Five of the Most Beautiful Motorcycles of the Famous Franchise’s Movies.
For 12 years, from “Live and Let Die” (1973) through “A View to a Kill” (1985), Moore owned the role of Agent 007. His British spy was compared, inevitably, to that of Sean Connery.
James Bond Motorcycles, The Top Five
5: BSA A65 Lightning from Thunderball
The villainess Fiona Volpe drove this bike during Thunderball and the scene was filmed on Silverstone’s Hangar Straight, a fake because it looks like a public road.
4: Kawasaki Z900 from The Spy Who Loved Me
Instead of riding the bike, Roger Moore is driving the film’s real star, the submersible Lotus Esprit. While a Kawasaki chased him as part of the longest bond chase scene to date. In this movie, the Kawasaki gained a rocket-propelled explosive sidecar.
3: Yamaha XJ650 from Never Say Never Again
The bike was a Q-built Bond special. It has a complete with rocket launchers and a ‘futuristic’ fairing. It was probably a Yamaha XJ650 Turbo. But the motocross-style wire wheels (maybe 21-inch on the front) and the ability to go downstairs give rise to suspicions that it might be something more off-road-oriented.
2: BMW R80 from Octopussy
Roger Moore returned as James Bond. The BMW R80 involvement was less important. We can see the bike rides by a German cop chasing Bond’s Alfa Romeo GTV6.
1: Cagiva W16 from Goldeneye
In the opening scene of the movie, Pierce Brosnan pinches one of the military Cagivas from a Russian soldier. Then, he rides it over a cliff. It is not important that the Russian military probably never drove a Cagiva bike, and that since the opening scene was set nine years earlier than the bulk of the movie. So, the bikes wouldn’t actually be launched for another four years. However, more important is that Eddie Kidd doubled for Pierce Brosnan in the scenes with the Cagiva W16.