A pair of silver screen stunners will be crossing the block with Bonhams at the 2022 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard sale this week. From 2015’s Spectre and 2021’s No Time To Die, a Land Rover Defender SVX and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Two real James Bond film cars you could buy at FOS
The Defender is of course the big Bowler Motorsport-developed knobbly-tired monster that Mr Bond chased down a snowy mountain in Spectre using a plane, in pursuit of his kidnapped love interest Madeleine Swann. Yes, using a plane. You’ve got to love some of the madness of the Craig Era. Happily, this Defender is in far better condition than the cars seen on-screen were, given they were assaulted by an aircraft.
One of ten ‘bigfoots’ produced and one of the seven that survive, these monster Landies are perhaps the realisation of what springs to mind in anyone’s imagination when you ask them to imagine a Defender on steroids. Arches, wheels, rope, a cage – it’s got the lot. This one could be yours for between £150,000 and £200,000.
Of course, no pair of Bond cars is worth mentioning if at least one isn’t an Aston Martin. Though the DBS Superleggera that features in No Time To Die isn’t actually Bond’s car, it’s 007’s. To figure out exactly what’s going on there you’ll have to see the film, if you haven’t already. We won’t spoil it.
This Aston is a surviving example from a batch that were destroyed, nor is it hiding machine guns, smoke screens, ejector seats or bulletproof shields. All it had to do in its scenes was look great on an Icelandic highway and kick the tail out at an airport. Nothing outside of a DBS’s extremely broad set of skills, then.
It wasn’t even leant to the production by Aston Martin, it was the owner, on Aston’s behalf, who said goodbye to their brand new car for a full two years, as on-off production in the covid era of moviemaking soldiered on. The owner won’t be too upset though. For their £250,000 investment, Bonhams expects there will be a £400,000 to £500,000 return. Now that’s how you beat depreciation.
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