Video: Tina Brown Loves The Isetta Bubble Car And Bond Men


Daily Beast/Newsweek editor Tina Brown has quite the challenge after her husband, Sir Harold Evans, discussed with AOL Autos the prurient nature of his desired misadventures in a tricked-out Chevy.

But Brown rose to the occasion to discuss her fascination with the “bubble car” and the attention she received from the British actors of yore — including a certain 007.

She revealed that while she was growing up, her family had a bubble car — most likely the BMW-manufactured Iso Rivolta Isetta.

“It was this little bubbly thing,” she recalled. “It was like that egg that Lady Gaga arrived in [at the 2011 Grammy Awards], and you lifted up the front and stepped in. And that was the car that I grew up with. A bubble car.”

Heinkel Kabine, along with the Isetta, made right-hand drive versions of the bubble car for use in the U.K. These voiturettes were a more offbeat version of the pint-sized vehicles that hit the market around the turn of the century — the Smart Car and the Mini Cooper — and informed Brown’s taste in automobiles.

“I think I just enjoyed the womb-like enclosure of that tiny car,” she said. “I’ve always liked little cars ever since.”

As her father, George Hambley Brown, was a prominent figure in the British film industry, she hung with the British actors of her day, including Richard Attenborough, Sean Connery, Peter O’Toole.

Given that Brown’s husband had employed James Bond creator Ian Fleming at The Sunday Times, we decided to ask about the her connections to the cinematic 007.

She confessed she knew all the 007s, but one stood out in particular:

“It wasn’t difficult to have a bond aura with Sean Connery,” she said. “Because he did like young girls.”

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