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James Bond and his love for Aston Martins
James Bond certainly has a real love for his Aston Martins. In fact we think the Aston Martin range was made for him. We’ve looked into Bond’s love affair…
The love affair started in the 3rd film of the James Bond series ‘Goldfinger’ when Bond rocks up in the Aston Martin DB5. This was the beginning of their relationship which has lasted over 11 Bond films and nearly 50 years of cinema history. The DB5 is now often referred to as the most famous car in the world. Although there is little difference between the DB4 and DB5 it’s more powerful. Aston Martin upped the engine size to 4l and increased the bore to 96mm. Other improvements included electric windows, 15” alloys, Gurgling disk brakes and a full synchromesh ZF 5 speed gearbox.
The DB5 then returned in the next Bond film ‘Thunderball’ which came to our screens in 1965. The cars used were the same as the ones in the previous films however with a few more gadgets. The DB5 was given a rear facing water cannon and a boot stowed jetpack. Only Bond could ever pull those gadgets off and they aren’t the standard kit for other Aston drivers. The DB5 was also seen briefly in ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Golden Eye’, Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Skyfall’.
Next to feature in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was the Aston Martin DBS. What a weapon. Unfortunately the car was only seen in four scenes, and is most famous for being James and Tracey’s wedding car. Not many gadgets were actually exposed in the DBS apart from that it had a secret hiding place for a sniper rifle somewhere in the glove box. Even now, the DBS is just as striking as it once was. Perhaps not so much as the DB5 but still has that unmistakable Aston Martin grille design.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante was then featured in ‘The Living Daylights’, Bonds 15th film. Firstly it was introduced as a convertible but later was winterised with a hardtop. Now this was an Aston Martin to remember. Some of the greatest gadgets included extended side outriggers, missiles, spike-producing tyres, lasers, head up display, signal-intercepting smart radio and rocket propulsion. The V8 Vantage could also self-destruct when informed to.
A scene that all viewers will remember is the very beginning of ‘GoldenEye’ when Bond is racing the unforgettable Aston Martin DB5 against a Ferrari. One of the most famous scenes from all of the Bond films is this one.
Pierce Brosnan became the first James Bond to drive two different Aston Martins in ‘Die Another Day’ when the Aston Martin V12 roared onto the scene. The car is equipped with all the usual refinements which includes hood-mounted target-seeking shotguns, front-firing rockets, a passenger eject seat and spike producing tyres like the ones in the V8 which are seen in ‘The Living Daylights’. Another cool gadget that the V12 had was the ‘adaptive camouflage’. This was a cloaking device which allowed the vehicle to become invisible at the push of a button.
‘Casino Royale’ became the first Bond film to feature both the Aston Martin DB5 and the Aston Martin DBS V12 in 2006. Bond acquires the DB5 in a poker game against a gambling villain in the Bahamas. Other than secret compartments around the DBS V12’s cabin which Bond uses to keep his emergency medical kit and Bond’s Walther P99 there were no other gadgets visible. The DBS V12 is still an extremely stylish car whether it has gadgets or not. One of the most memorable moments in ‘Casino Royale’ is when the DBS is involved in a high speed accident which leads to the car flipping and rolling seven times, definitely a new world record. Such a sad scene to see that happen to such a beautiful vehicle.
The DBS V12 features again at the start of ‘Quantum of Solace’ in another high- speed car chase in Siena, Italy where it is then heavily damaged. With a 4l engine the DBS can fairly move.
The most recent appearance of the Aston Martin DB5 was in ‘Skyfall’ which was released in 2012. It’s sixth apperance and looking better than ever. The ejector seat and the two front firing machine guns are both featured in Skyfall. This is th first time the machine guns have been seen in action since ‘Goldfinger’. Unfortunately we see the car destroyed in the climatic battle scene.
The DB5 continues to be celebrated as one of the most iconic cars ever made, along with many others from the Aston Martin range.
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