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The Bentley Mark VI is a 4-door standard steel sports saloon was the first post-war luxury car built by Bentley. James Bond purchases a Bentley Mark VI, his second Bentley, towards the end of the novel Moonraker.

HistoryEdit

"The 1953 Mark VI had an open touring body. It was battleship grey like the old 4½ litre that had gone to its grave in a Maidstone garage, and the dark blue leather upholstery gave a luxurious hiss as he climbed awkwardly in beside the test driver." [1]

In Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Moonraker Bond's cherished car was his 1933 Bentley 4½ Litre. After it was destroyed is his pursuit of Hugo Drax, he used his earlier gambling winnings from Drax to buy a 1953 Bentley Mark VI with a Coachbuilt, 2 door, open touring body. Bondologist John Griswold noted that this car would have been fitted with the 4,556 cc engine.[2]

Like his previous Bentley, the Mark VI is painted in battleship grey and fitted with dark blue leather upholstery. The car is featured only briefly; consisting of a test drive scene where Bond buys the car on the condition that the test driver brings the vehicle to the ferry terminal at Calais by the following evening. After Moonraker the Mark VI is never mentioned again, leaving its ultimate fate unknown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fleming, Ian (2004). Moonraker. Kent, UK: Penguin Books, pp.243-244. ISBN 978-0-1411-8756-3. 
  2. Griswold, John (2006). Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations And Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories. AuthorHouse, p.116. ISBN 978 1 4259 3100 1. 

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