The world of 007 gets a new star next Monday (26 October) when the 24th Bond movie, Spectre, hits the big screen. The star? Our hero’s car, of course.
Fifty years after Goldfinger put the DB5 in the Hollywood hall of fame, Aston Martin is back with an all-new Bondmobile. The DB10 has been built by Aston specifically for the film and there are just 10 of them.
Or were 10 of them. Fighting SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion in case you’d forgotten; it does date back to Ian Fleming’s Thunderball book of 1961) traditionally takes its toll on MI6 company cars.
Equally traditionally there are certain enhancements to help it survive, and by now everyone knows about the flame-throwers. Don’t they?
In that other great 007 tradition – the list! – here’s some other stuff about the DB10 that Blofeld and co would love to know about. Pay attention Bond!
And if you can wait until Monday? Get a look behind the scenes here:
And a taste of the action in a trailer for the film here:
It’s got a flame-thrower!
Quite a fiery one too. But has it got an ejector seat and pop-up bulletproof screen? And what about machineguns; surely even Q would struggle to fit those behind the impossibly slender LED headlights. But as Q (Ben Wishaw) says, ‘There are a few little tricks up her sleeve…’
It’s not the fastest Aston Martin ever
With 0-60 in three-point-something seconds (Aston says 3.7sec, Q in the movie a rather more ambitious 3.2) the DB10 is beaten by some other Astons in the acceleration stakes. Top speed is 190mph.
It’s got a handbrake and a gear lever!
How old fashioned! Nice though. Tugging on a chunky lever makes better cinema than flexing the little finger over a paddleshift flipper. And how would you do a handbrake turn without a proper handbrake?
It’s really a V8 Vantage (underneath)
A mightily mucked about one though. The wheelbase is longer and the tracks much wider. The engine is Aston’s 4.7-litre V8 with 430bhp and the six-speed manual ‘box.
It’s really the next V8 Vantage (on top)
That bulging carbon-fibre body provides a good glimpse of the look of the next V8 Vantage due in 2017, the car that will use Mercedes-AMG power. It’s very much a sports car; the new DB11 grand tourer for debut at Geneva next March is different altogether, though will undoubtedly pick up on some styling cues.
It was designed to look mean and ruthless
This is Marek’s second Bond car – he also did the DBS in Casino Royale. He has been at Aston 10 years and is currently busy redesigning the entire range.
The design was chosen by Spectre director Sam Mendes
On a visit to Aston, the Spectre director was looking around the design inner sanctum when he spotted a sketch on the studio wall and said: ‘I want that one.’ Aston built it in five months.
Despite what they say you CAN buy one
Of the 10 cars made eight, in various forms, were used for filming, one is for promotional purposes (it’s currently in the foyer of the Odeon Leicester Square ready for the big premiere on Monday) and one is to be auctioned for charity in 2016. It won’t have the flame-throwers though. But will it be road legal? (We’re sure it can be converted, ed)
The numberplate is DB10 AGB
There again it might be also be BMT216A, 4711-EA-62 or LU6789. Surely in these days of automatic numberplate recognition cameras the revolving numberplate of the Goldfinger DB5 is due a comeback?
It’s the 12th Bond Aston Martin
Aston Martin and James Bond go back to 1964 with Goldfinger and the DB5. Highlights since have included the DBS (the original one of course and a six-cylinder one if memory serves; the V8 wasn’t ready in time) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the latterday DBS in Casino Royale. There was the V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights and the Vanquish in Die Another Day. But proving that you can’t keep the best Bond car down it’s the DB5 that’s appeared the most, six times so far and most recently in Skyfall in 2012. One Aston has never featured in the films: a DB MkIII that in the Ian Fleming books is brought in to replace 007’s knackered Bentley. Aston Martins aren’t the only cars to go into 007 legend of course. Arguably the submarine Lotus Esprit with its ground to air missiles (The Spy Who Loved Me) is as famous as any Bond Aston, while other cars 007 has driven include everything from a supercharged straight-eight Alfa Romeo to Triumph Stag and AMC Hornet.
It’s not James Bond driving!
Mark Higgins is the man behind the DB10’s wheel for all the difficult and fast bits in the film. Apart from being thrice winner of the British Rally Championship, the Manxman rally ace turned stunt supremo has been wheelman in two previous Bond films, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
Save the world on Sunday, sell on Monday
Sales of the DB5 increased after Goldfinger proved an instant box office hit when the film was launched on Christmas Day 1964. ‘After that, we never had any problems getting cars from manufacturers,’ the film’s special effects man has been quoted as saying. Aston won’t say how much the world’s most famous automotive product placement costs them – but it does say that if it had to buy the same exposure it wouldn’t be able to afford it.