There are not many cars in the world that have the honour of becoming a James Bond car, but the Bajaj RE is one of them.
Not only is this little 3 wheeled car a Bond car it is ranked by many as being in the top 5 Bond cars of all time. It ranks up with cars like the Aston Martin V8, Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, Lotus Esprit S1.
The Bajaj RE appeared in the James Bond movie Octopussy in 1983. It was classed as one of Bond’s company cars in a chase through the streets of India.
I the chase the tuned up Tuk Tuk accelerates away doing a wheelie, it then turns and goes down a flight of stairs, after a fight in the back of the Tuk Tuk it hits a wooden ramp and flies through the air, after yet more fighting this time in the street, James Bond is picked up again by the Bajaj RE that does yet another wheelie.
If you are the owner of a Bajaj RE we highly recommend you do not try any of the stunts from the movie Octopussy.
As far as we are aware the Bajaj RE is the only 3 wheeled car Bond has used.
The fact that the Bajaj RE has appeared in a Bond Movie should make all Bajaj RE owners very proud, there are not many car drivers that can say they drive a car that was in a Bond Movie. It also shows what a great history these little three-wheeled cars have and the respect they have got around the world.
Not only did the Bajaj RE star in a Bond movie it has another honour of appearing in what is regarded by many as the best Bond movie ever.
Today tourists that go to India or Sri Lanka still seem to fall in love with the Tuk Tuk, they have become icons for them countries. The same is starting to happen in the Philippines, foreign tourists that visit Tagaytay are falling in love with the Bajaj RE.
The fact that many websites class the Bajaj RE as a Bond car proves yet again that in the rest of the world the Bajaj RE is regarded as a car.
Roger Moore played James Bond in Octopussy other cast members included Maud Adams as Octopussy, Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan, Kristina Wayborn as Magda, Kabir Bedi as Gobinda, Steven Berkoff as General Orlov, David Meyer and Anthony Meyer as Mischka and Grischka, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, Robert Brown as M, Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, Walter Gotell as General Gogol, Vijay Amritraj as Vijay, Geoffrey Keen as Fredrick Gray, Douglas Wilmer as Jim Fanning, Albert Moses as Sadruddin, Paul Hardwick as Soviet Chairman, Eva Reuber-Staier as Rublevitch, Peter Porteous as Lenkin, Andy Bradford as 009 and of cause Bajaj RE as one of the greatest Bond cars of all time.
A Bajaj RE believed to be the Tuk Tuk commandeered by Octopussy villain Gobinda was auctioned by Sothebys London for £7.800 (520,127 peso) last year.
You can see a scene with the Bajaj RE in the video below.