The BMW 750iL is a model within BMW’s long-standing 7 series which is still produced to this day and has been for the past 40 years since 1977. Now as BMW’s flagship large-body sedan rebranded as a 750Li, the 750iL back then was a V12 engine with 5.4 liter cylinders being able to achieve an impressive 346 horsepower. Produced between 1993 and 2001, it was the first BMW to ever have televisions fitted within.
A Bond car that was not visually exotic enough as a 007 flagship car, especially being a 4-door sedan, it compensated (perhaps even overcompensated) with its array of gadgetry and weapons. Pierce Brosnan’s 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was equipped with a fingerprint-encoded safe, a contact-shock security system which would deliver an agonizing electric shock to any enemies that would touch the car, tear gas dispensers, a rocket-launcher housing up to 12 short range rockets, a posterior caltrop dispenser, re-inflating tyres, a cable-cutter comprised of two mechanical saws and its most notorious function, the remote control.
Yes, for those of you who watched the film, the memorable parking garage scene immediately comes to mind. For those of you who didn’t watch the movie, Bond was able to remotely drive his car via his cellphone. Caught in a gunfight under a hail of bullets in a parking garage, Bond takes cover in the backseat of the 750iL, only to remotely drive it in order to escape, culminating in him driving it off the roof of the parking garage but not before ditching the car himself. Over 17 750iL’s were used in the film. Four were retrofitted to be hidden driving cars, with the steering wheel and monitor placed behind the driver’s seat on the floor of the car so as to be out of the camera’s view and give the illusion that the car was indeed being controlled by Pierce Brosnan remotely
Displayed at the Dezer Auto Museum in Miami, come see the iconic 750iL for yourself!