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Top 5: Most famous armoured vehicles of film

Aston Martin makes two appearances, both with James Bond behind the wheel, on this list of the toughest vehicles from action films throughout the years.

The Batmobile in The Dark Knight was the the most incredible yet.
The Batmobile in The Dark Knight was the the most incredible yet.

1. Aston Martin DB5

Quite possibly the most famous car in the world, the DB5 that Bond used as his company car in 1964's classic Goldfinger offers some serious protection. Bulletproof rear screen, front-mounted machine guns, deadly extendable wheel spinners, smoke and oil spreaders and, best of all, a front passenger ejector seat. All of this packed into one of the most beautiful cars of all time; no wonder it captured our imaginations like no car before or since. Mind you, it wasn't much use when Bond crashed it into a tree.

2. KITT

Ah, The Hoff. Despite the mullet and the curious line in leather jackets, in Knight Rider he was upstaged by a car. And a Pontiac at that. KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) was the Trans Am used in the original TV show that ran between 1982 and '86, as well as making a cameo appearance in the 2008 TV movie. The car spoke, used artificial intelligence, could drive itself at 320kph and launch into the air using "Turbo Boost" and was virtually indestructible, repelling bullets and hand grenades.

3. Batmobile

Always a star whether in the 1960s TV show or the movies, Bruce Wayne's ride has taken on many forms. None have been as startling as the vehicle conceived by Warner Bros as "a cross between a Lamborghini and a Hummer", which saw action in The Dark Knight. Its arsenal was formidable: a jet engine for performing ramp-less jumps, rocket launchers, front cannons, stealth mode and the ability to shed its body, transforming into the two-wheeled Batpod. We want one of these - where do we sign?

4. Aston Martin Vanquish

A forgettable Bond film, perhaps, Die Another Day nevertheless took the armoured Aston theme to ridiculous extremes. As well as "the usual refinements" like twin auto-cannons, five rockets behind the radiator grille and machine guns that raised from the bonnet vents, the Vanquish also featured "Adaptive Camouflage". This enabled the Aston to effectively become invisible to the naked eye, although the system was prone to fail when under attack. Barking mad yet brilliant.

5. OM Leoncino

Forget the tragic US remake - the original Italian Job should never have been messed with. And it featured a star turn for the OM Leoncino, which was a small lorry used mainly for postal delivery services in the 1960s. However, the film's producers decided to use it as the armoured wheels for transporting the gold that Charlie Croker's gang of thieves had designs on. The guards were overpowered and the lorry was pinched and driven into a lock-up, where they were finally able to "blow the bloody doors off".