The iconic DBS
The James Bond film: Goldfinger (1964) was the third film to be introduced into the iconic series. It implemented the introduction of Bond’s new car – the Aston Martin DB5. This was the beginning of a relationship that spreads across eleven more Bond films and five decades worth of British Action film history. In the book of Goldfinger, Bond’s ‘new car’ was originally the Aston Martin DB Mark III. However, the company decided to use their latest car in the film, the DB5, instead. The original colour of the DB5 in the James Bond films was Silver Birch, and ever since Goldfinger, there has been a heavy increase in sales as well as a boom for the profile of the company itself.
After the successful partnership between the creators of James Bond and Aston Martin in Goldfinger, the DB5 then went on to appear in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.
The Movie Car
Another iconic car to be showcased by Aston Martin in the James Bond films is the Aston Martin DBS. This is the car that replaced the 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S as the ‘front runner’. This particular car first appeared in Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale (2006). This was the first James Bond movie to showcase two Aston Martin Models: the main model being the DBS and the second being a special appearance from the DB5. In the film, the DBS features a spare gun and a defibrillator, as displayed in a scene from Casino Royale. The car that was used in this scene and others surrounding it was later destroyed in a later part of Casino Royale, during Bond’s pursuit of Le Chiffre. However, the actual car used in the filmed crash was an Aston Martin DB9 modified to be identical to the DBS. This was so the car could withstand the impact of the crash as it had a low centre of gravity. The crash within the film itself contained seven barrel roles, which was confirmed to be a new record according to the Guinness Book of Records on the 5th of November 2006. The DBS model later appeared in the James Bond film – Quantum of Solace (2008).
Another iconic Aston Martin to be used in the Bond films was the DB10 – this car was exclusively designed and produced for Spectre. There were a total of eight models made for the film and a total of two showroom cars produced. The Aston Martin DB10 wasn’t only made as a movie car; it would be the influence of all Aston Martin models to be made in the future.
A Mint DB5
In Daniel Craig’s third film as James Bond, Skyfall (2012), the DB5 made a heavy appearance. It was a DB5 from 1965 – the condition the car was in, could be seen as immaculate. For obvious reasons, the DB5 used in Skyfall was far from the one used in Goldfinger. However, visually, it was perfect down to every last detail – even the extra line on the roof that represented the exit hatch for the ejector seat.
The DB5 was produced from 1963 to 1966. It had a 6-cylinder, 282-horsepower engine. This Aston Martin was capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.1 seconds with an astronomical top speed of 148 mph – for its time that was incredibly quick. Aston Martin made a total of 1,059 DB5’s, and their pricing was consistent with the £4,000 mark when they first appeared on the market. Within the 1,059 DB5’s made; only 123 of them were convertible. The element of this car produced by Aston Martin was its devilishly good looks. It’s quite regularly referred to as one of the most beautiful cars ever produced.