There are key elements to every James Bond film. The world’s best known spy always has an over-the-top villain to fight, a mysterious woman to pursue and the coolest gadgets to thwart the bad guys.
Bond also needs the hottest wheels. And the one sleek machine he has driven more than any other is the famed Aston Martin.
When the 24th James Bond movie hits theaters in November 2015, the protagonist played for the fourth time by Daniel Craig will be behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB10. It will be the 12th Bond film featuring an Aston Martin.
The luxury British sports car company is creating the DB10 specifically for the next Bond movie, Spectre. Unlike previous models featured in Bond films, the company will produce only 10 of this model and all will be used in filming. The car will be developed and built by the designers, engineers and craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters. The company said “the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.”
According to Automotive News, the two-door coupe will be powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Road & Track reported that it will feature a six-speed manual transmission at the request of the filmmakers.
Previous Aston Martins used by James Bond include:
- The DB5, featured in GoldFinger (1964), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012). The original Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger was auctioned in 2010 for $4.1 million. It was equipped with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear.
- The DBS, featured in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), the only film in which actor George Lazenby played the title character.
- The DBS V12, featured in two Daniel Craig films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (2008). In the former, the car was equipped with a defibrillator that Bond needed to dave his own life.
- The V8 Vantage Volante, featured in The Living Daylights (1987) as both a convertible and hardtop.
- The V12 Vanguish, featured in Die Another Day, during which the car could be made invisible with push-button “adaptive camouflage.” (Not available on the street version).
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