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Ford Mondeo 2.5 Litre ST

Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo
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The prototype Ford Mondeo used for filming Casino Royale, in the Bahamas (Atlantis hotel in the background)
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Ford Mondeo in Casino Royale on the driveway of the One & Only Club
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The Ford Mondeo in front of the One & Only Club entrance
photo © Ford

Usually James Bond drives an Aston Martin, but in Casino Royale he starts off with driving a Ford Mondeo in The Bahamas. Let's just say MI6 arranged this as a rental car for Bond. 

The Ford Mondeo is prominently shown, as part of a sponsor deal. In the same scene we can also clearly see Persol 2244 sunglasses and a Sony K800i phone.

Because the car was required for filming early in 2006, more than a year before it became commercially available, the model for the film was constructed and shipped to the Bahamas under a veil of secrecy. And it could possible be the most exclusive Mondeo in the world as it was handbuilt at Ford of Europe's Design Studio in Cologne, Germany. The five-door Mondeo was a range-topping 2.5 Litre ST version with a snazzy one-off sports bodykit and special Tonic blue paintwork. Keyless entry and a start button and a HMI, Human Machine Interface instrument display, are new to the Mondeo and make for the better Bond gadgets. All Mondeos will get standard stability control and a capless refuelling system with inhibitor to prevent using the wrong fuel, and 'follow-me-home' lights. Options will include Adaptive Cruise Control, Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control and Hill Launch Assist. The optional Sport Pack consists of a lowered suspension, partly leather interior, and 17- or 18-inch aluminium wheels, something Bond would probably have opted for.

Ford Mondeo 2.5l:
Cylinders: 5
CC: 2522
0-60mph: 7.3 seconds
Engine Power: 220 BHP / 162 KW
Top speed: 152mph/244kph
Width: 1886mm
Length: 4778mm
Height: 1500mm
Statistics courtesy of Motorparks

Product Code: 

Summer Essentials 2024


(21/06/07) The New Mondeo is now available in UK showrooms. There is a choice of 27 Models - with 13 Petrol engines avaiable and 14 Diesels. Prices Range from £14,995 - £22,945.

When or will this model be available in the united states?

Well not disagree with the headline but MI6 probably didn't "arrange" for this rental car because MI6 didn't know he was in Nassau untill he hacked into M's account.

It's interesting to me that the 007 producers still hold ties to both Aston Martin and the Ford Motor Company even after Ford sold the Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Land Rover labels. Luckily Aston Martin went to British hands, while Jaguar and Land Rover weren't so lucky and went to the Indian company, Tata. On the British TV show, Top Gear, the Mondeo is one of three cars in the world all three hosts can agree on as a car they all like. And I must say, this Mondeo is very stylish.

This car is now available in the US! The Ford Fusion is now the American cousin of the European Mondeo! I'm very excited as I drove many of these in Germany and I must say, these are some of the best cars I've ever driven. Although no diesel options will be available in the US, the diesel is definitely the way to go.
Who in their right mind would want a decent sports car that looks like a Corolla? Sad.
The Tonic Blue colour had been a staple Ford colour for some time and discontiued apx 2010. Ford never did an ST variant of the MK4 (sadly) so the closest you'd get to top of the range would be a Titanium variant, note the silver design line in the door handles which are different to what was commercially released. However, inside the car, the radio was the most basic silver plastic variety and the car had a sunroof too, but after all, it was just a rental vehicle and a marketing opportunity to show off their new model at the time.

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