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50-yr relationship with 007: Aston Martin DB10 is new Bond car in ‘Spectre’

50-yr relationship with 007: Aston Martin DB10 is new Bond car in ‘Spectre’

LONDON: James Bond will be in action in new Aston Martin DB10, but the British sportscar brand has only built 10 of this new model designed exclusively for his latest film, Spectre, which will be Daniel Craig’s fourth as the legendary spy.

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Aston Martin have created 10 custom-built DB10s for the new Bond film, Spectre, it was announced today. The car will not be mass produced.

The manufacturer is being as tight-lipped as MI5 about the specifications of the car, which will not go on sale and will only be driven by Bond. They say the vehicle is a ‘nod to future designs’ and they are keeping the machine as far away as possible from rival firms who they fear may try to copy its sleek design.

Film producers and crew have also yet to reveal what gadgets the car will have, following the famous ejector seats, rocket launchers and even built-in defibrillators of previous models.

Aston Martin say they worked closely with Bond director Sam Mendes to create ‘the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy’. It is the 50th anniversary of Bond’s use of an Aston Martin, which started in the film Goldfinger when Sean Connery drove the iconic DB5.

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The car was produced to celebrate 50 years since Bond first drove an Aston Martin, the classic DB5 used by Sean Connery in Goldfinger.

The firm’s CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: ‘In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.

‘It is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin. I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.’

Bond drove Aston Martins in the 1960s, with Connery the first to get behind the wheel of one of the sportscars, followed by George Lazenby, who used a DBS in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in which the car featured in the famous final scene where Bond’s newly-married wife, the Countess Tracy di Vicenzo played by Diana Rigg, is shot through the windscreen.

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Bond took to driving other sportscars in the 1970s and 1980s. Piers Brosnan, pictured with a Vanquish ahead of the film Die Another Day, reprised them in the 1990s.

Aston Martins were then reprised in the late 1980s, when Timothy Dalton drove a V8 Vantage Volante in the film, The Living Daylights.

The classic DB5 then briefly featured in scenes in the 1990s films GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies before, in 2002, Piers Brosnan drove a V12 Vanquish which featured a high-tech ‘cloaking device’ which made the vehicle virtually invisible in Die Another Day.

Daniel Craig has driven Aston Martins in his three previous outings as Bond; a DB5 and a DBS V12 in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and a DB5 in Skyfall.

Spectre, which is due for general release on 6 November 2015, will feature Oscar-winning star Christoph Waltz, Moriarty actor Andrew Scott, Italian star Monica Bellucci and French actress Lea Seydoux alongside Craig.

The film is named after the shadowy terrorist organisation created by Bond author Ian Fleming which first appeared in his novel Thunderball.

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A gadget in the car even saved the character’s life in Casino Royale when he used a defibrillator fitted to the dashboard after being poisoned.

Locations for the new film will include London, Mexico City, Rome, Morocco’s Tangier and Erfoud, as well as Solden in Austria, which promises to see Bond returning to the ski slopes. ‘All of them are amazing places. I’m very excited to be going to these locations over seven months, which is how long we’ll be shooting,’ said Mendes.

Announcing the production today, film-makers said of the plot: ‘A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.’

Aston Martin is not the only brand to appear in the new film; Bollinger, Heineken, Jaguar Land Rover, Omega, Sony Electronics, and Sony Mobile will also feature.