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James Bond Cars - Aston Martin and 007

Press Release:
"Now pay attention Bond - this is your Aston Martin!"
October 22nd 2002 - The world's most famous spy, James Bond 007 is back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin in the latest blockbuster Die Another Day released in November 2002.

After a brief flirtation with another manufacturer, the film industry's most enduring partnership - James Bond and Aston Martin are reunited in the 20th 007 film. For Bond - the suave immaculate British gentlemen, the consummate connoisseur - Aston Martin was and is the only choice.

It was nearly 40 years ago, that James Bond, then played by Sean Connery was introduced to his silver birch Aston Martin DB5 in the 1964 film Goldfinger. And despite Aston Martin models being present in Thunderball, The Living Day Lights and Goldeneye none of them created quite the stir of Goldfinger . The DB5 caused a tremendous amount of talk, not only because of its timeless beauty but also because of those tempting gadgets that were fitted to it.

It was in 1963, that Aston Martin loaned Eon Productions a prototype DB5 and one supporting car for additional filming. All of the famous gadgets (smoke-screen, machine guns and ejector seat) were dreamt up by John Stears of Eon Productions at Pinewood Studios.

This year, Die Another Day will see Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in a V12 Vanquish, and - as with Goldfinger - the Aston Martin plays a significant role in the film. At the start of the film James Bond is introduced to the Aston Martin just as he was in Goldfinger.

Aston Martin provided Eon Production's Andy Smith - the man responsible for a team of engineers who created all the gadgets for the Vanquish in Die Another Day - with three standard production Vanquishes.

Alongside this, Aston Martin helped Andy Smith create four special effects Vanquish that were equipped with the gadgets - a pair of machine guns that come up through the bonnet vents, five heat- seeking missiles and a brace of shot guns that operate from the front radiator grille. These cars were also four-wheel drive and used eight cylinder engines.

The three standard production Vanquish were specifically for close-up camera work whilst the special effects cars were built solely for the spectacular stunts and chase scenes. One of the opening sequences in Die Another Day takes place on the frozen face of the Vatnajokull glacier, in southeast Iceland. The script called for Bond, driving a Vanquish, to be pursued across the ice lake by an assailant driving a machine-gun-equipped Jaguar XKR. This was where the four-wheel drive system came into good effect on the ice.

Since filming began in September 2001, Ian Minards, General Sales Manager for Aston Martin and former Chief Programme Engineer for the Vanquish, along with a dedicated team of Aston Martin Engineers have provided assistance to Eon Productions.

Ian said: "It has been a lot of hard work, but Andy Smith has his team have done a fantastic job in creating the four special effects cars. We think that Bond's return to Aston Martin will be met with the same enthusiasm and interest as it did back in the early 1964 when Goldfinger was first released."

The James Bond/007 Cars - Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

The James Bond/007 Cars - Aston Martin DB5

More James Bond/007 Fun Facts

  • 1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback: The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974

    James Bond, in a chase with Francisco Scaramanga, "borrows" a 1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback from a car dealership. Sheriff J.W. Pepper is in the passenger seat as they crash through the showroom window and speed through the streets of Bangkok. The most famous scene shows James Bond accelerating off a collapsed bridge - turning over once in mid air and landing on the remains of the bridge.

  • 1974 AMC Matador X Coupe: The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974

    James Bond is giving chase to Scaramanga, who escapes by driving into a hangar, converting the Matador into an airplane that is equipped with a jet engine, a wing attachment that locks onto the car, and an airplane instrument panel that flips onto the car dashboard.

  • Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5

    Probably the most famous James Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 appeared in several movies: Goldfinger, 1964; Thunderball, 1965, Golden Eye, 1995; Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997; The World Is Not Enough, 1999; Casino Royale, 2006

  • Famous Gadgetry on Bond's Aston Martin DB5

    Armrests concealing control switches for fixed front firing machine guns.
    On Board moving map system (pre-GPS).
    Red Button activating the Bond ejector seat mechanism where part of the roof is blown away.
    Switches that change the type and color of Bond's fron and rear lights.
    Bumpers that are steel-reinforced, font and back, a much needed accessory for ramming.
    A trick driver's seat compartment containing a long-barreled Colt .45.
    Smoke screen and oil slick apparatus.

  • Aston Martin DBS, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969; Diamonds Are Forever, 1971; Casino Royale, 2006

    Secret accessories included a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight; later a Walther PPK with silencer; a Medipac.
    The car was crashed after seven famous barrel rolls!

  • James Bond Aston Martin V8 Volante, The Living Daylights, 1987

  • B549VUU
    Features included:
    Police band scanner radio
    Ice Tires
    Retractable outriggers for snow and ice
    Jet engine booster rocket
    Laser Beams in the front hubcaps
    Heat-seeking missles behind the fog lights
    Self-destruct system

  • James Bond Aston Martin Vanquish V12, Die Another Day, 2002

    KE02EWW Features:
    Cameras that give the illusion of transparency and camouflage
    Weapons including thermal imaging mechanism; heat-seeking missles; two machine-fired 12-gauge target-seeking shotguns, tire spikes, bullet proof glass; and a powerful ejector seat for the passenger!

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