The James Bond Vehicle Library

Toyota 2000 GT

29/4-2001, updated 10/3-2012   by MS & PS


Toyota 2000 GT
Fleeing from Osatos headquarters.
Toyota 2000 GT
You Only Live Twice, 1967
Copyright © Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation (EON Productions), all rights reserved.

007 Relations

You Only Live Twice - 1967
Allieds/friends vehicle
Vehicle Bond is passenger in

Notes

Aki\'s company car in Tokyo. First seen when Aki rescues James Bond, and secondly when they are persued by the villains. Aki uses the onboard television system to require assistance from her boss. He sends a helicopter. It removes the villains in their car by hoisting the car using a magnet. The villains in their car are later dropped in the ocean!

Rumours has it, that the actress Akiko Wakabayashi playing the role of Aki couldn\'t drive a car, so all the closeups were made as bluescreen. In the scene where Aki rescues James Bond, when he is fleeing from Osato\'s office building, the car was pulled by crew members using a cable.

Very nice car, with superb look and technical innovations, like independent suspension, four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes and special Yamaha engineered straight six-cylinder 2,0 litre engine (originally taken from popular Toyota Crown).
Only 351 cars were produced (1965-68), mainly in white or red colour. Other sources says production was 337 cars. This number includes 2 convertible cars specially made - or adapted - for the Bond movie, due to Sean Connerys height not allowing him to fit into the ultra-low coupe version. In fact Toyota never produced a 2000 GT convertible. The coupe was extremely low, just 45.7 in (116 cm) to the highest point of the roof...also filming the roofless version was much more easier.
Toyotas price was really high, beating even Jaguars and Porsches at that time, although company didn\'t score profits selling this model. Currently supposed owner of this Asian beauty must be prepared to involve few hundreds thousands of dollars for a bid to realize his dreams.

The original movie car was renovated and its currently placed in museum at Toyotas headquarters in Japan. The second unit was resprayed blue, and is believed to have been used for racing-circuit testing in Japan. Its current status is unknown, although it is believed it may have been scrapped in the early 1970s. Some rumours say the car is in the private collection of a Toyota executive.

The James Bond Museum of the Dezer Collection (North Miami and Las Vegas, USA) shows a replica of the You Only Live Twice car, fitted with the original communications device interior panel from the vehicle used in the film.



Technical Data

  • Engine: 1988cc inline 6-cyl. P.O.H.C. 150 bhp at 6600 rpm.
  • Topspeed: 230 km/h (143 m.p.h.).
  • Length: 4,176 m
  • Wheelbase: 2,329m
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual.
  • Suspension: Independent front and rear.
  • Brakes: Dunlop discbrakes front and rear.
  • Numberplate: 2000

Gadgets

Sony communications console containing:

  • Miniature closed-circuit colour television reciever.
  • Two-way radio.
  • Hi-fi reciever.
  • Voice-controlled tape recorder.
  • Small Sony video-tape unit in the glove compartment.
  • Cameras behind the front and rear license plates.

Sources and Links

The Essential Bond, Lee Pfeiffere & Dave Worrall, Boxtree, 2000, page 60 and 62.
Airfix construction kit.


Advertisement


Copyright © 2001-2020, BMT 216A Team, Preben Søgaard, Denmark - Webmaster
All rights reserved