Everyone’s Going Electric, Including James Bond Himself
As good as he is at foiling international criminals from their evil schemes, not even James Bond himself can stop the onslaught of electrification in the auto industry. Proof of that lies in the next Bond film where 007’s ride-of-choice will be the Aston Martin Rapide E. The British automaker’s first-ever electric car joins a long list of Aston Martin models to appear in a James Bond film. The yet-to-be-titled Bond movie — it’s working title is Bond 25 — is scheduled to release in April 2020. It’s the 25th movie in the long-standing franchise, so you can expect it to have no shortage of surprises, including the array of gadgets and weapons that will be included in the Rapide E’s arsenal.
Chris Goodwin Jumps Ship To Aston Martin After 20-Year Run at McLaren
Chris Goodwin, McLaren’s legendary chief test driver, is jumping ship to Aston Martin. The 50-year old British race car driver is expected to play a key role in the development of Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar after spending the last 20 years helping turn McLaren into the thriving supercar company that it is today.
Daniel Craig, aka Agent 007, celebrated his 45th birthday with a car worthy of his name: an Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster. Daniel Craig paid an impressive sum of £150,000 (around $226,000 at the current exchange rates) for his sports car, but unfortunately it does not come with an ejector seat or hidden weapons.
The famous actor went to London to take delivery of his car and he dressed inconspicuously in an attempt to zip around London without anyone recognizing him. We are not very sure if he was successful in his attempt, but for sure he was very pleased with his new toy.
And why wouldn’t he? The V12 Vantage Roadster is powered by a 6-liter V-12 engine that delivers an amazing 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, sprinting the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.
If you are both a car fan and a James Bond fan, and saw the “Quantum of Solace” movie, you likely salivated over the Quantum Silver 2008 Aston Martin DBS that Bond drove. You are not alone in this drooling effect, we did it too. Well, now you can own a piece of history – well, a one-of-seven piece of history – by buying this famous 2008 DBS at auction.
Christies auction house is auctioning off one of the seven 2008 Aston Martin DBSs used in the “Quantum of Solace” film. This model is draped in deep silver paint and boasts black leather interior. From the looks of it in the auction catalog, the car looks to be in fantastic shape, but there is no information on what scenes this particular chassis was used in.
This beast is not only famous, but it’s fast too. With its 5.9-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, this beast sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.3 seconds. The 6-speed manual gearbox allows you to rip through the gears at will – no fancy-pants automatic transmission in this sports car.
This 2008 DBS is anticipated to fetch between $160,000 and $230,000, which is about $3,000 to $73,000 more than your everyday 2008 DS is valued at, per Kelly Blue Book. If you can get in it for close to the bottom, you’ve got yourself a great deal. Unfortunately, Christies does not list the actual mileage of the vehicle, but we anticipate that it is extremely low for the year.
The auction kicks off on Friday, October 5th at 8:30 p.m.
The James Bond movie franchise has featured some of the most iconic British cars in the world, none more so than the Aston Martin DB5. We all remember the classic speedster that not only appeared in five Bond movies, but also became a hot toy collectible for a generation of young Bond fans back in the day.
It appears that people are nostalgic for the fabled DBS because the car, in true Bond fashion, is making a comeback in the latest installment of the franchise, Skyfall.
This video provided to us by the movie’s dedicated page explains just how important a role the DB5 has played in the Bond movies. The classic British look, combined with all those gizmos and gadgetry that could give the Batmobile a run for its money, really holds a special place in the hearts of Bond fans.
To see that it’s coming back in Skyfall only adds to our anticipation of seeing the movie, which incidentally opens in theaters later this year. There aren’t that many things in this world that can render James Bond into the background, but the Aston Martin DB5 is one of them.
After all, there’s a reason why 007, and all of us for that matter, can’t seem to get enough of it.
James Bond may be a fictional character to all of us, but the dashing debonair / awesome secret agent is still an inspiration to all of us. Who wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? He’s got a killer job, he scores the hottest women, and best of all - at least in our case - he drives the fanciest cars.
That last part is such an integral part of the Bond legend that an exhibition is actually being planned to showcase the largest collection of James Bond vehicle to ever be displayed. The whole event is being prepared through the collaborative efforts of the UK’s National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and EON Productions, which is doing the groundwork for the event in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s Bond franchise.
Around 50 cars are expected to be included in the exhibit highlighted by the 2008 Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye, and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce from Goldfinger.
The exhibit will be held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, United Kingdom and will run the entire length of the 2012 calendar year.
“Following the success of the first Bond cars exhibition staged at Beaulieu in 2001, we are delighted to be working with EON again on this new display, bringing together the world’s largest collection of Bond vehicles, Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn said.
The exhibit won’t open for another few months, but it’s safe to say that we’ll be dropping by to check it out if we find ourselves in the area next year.
As Royal wedding fever was about to wear off, the Prince had one last surprise in store. For many years his Father has been the owner of an Aston Martin DB6 Mark II that was converted to run on biofuel. The car was decorated in traditional wedding fashion complete with ribbons, balloons, and a trick license plate reading Ju5t Wed. The dark blue Volante convertible was driven by the Prince through the crowds in front of Buckingham Palace on his way to a reception party. The car traveled down the procession route with top down and minimal security. A lone Range Rover followed the Aston and a RAF Rescue helicopter, much like the ones flown by the Prince, flew above with a flag waving below.
The Royals clearly have access to many things including the various Rolls Royce models and Carriages used today, but an Aston Martine DB6 Volante is rare even for them. This legendary car was the longest running production model that Aston Martin ever produced, but only 140 Volante versions were built. Furthermore, this may be the only one in the world running off biofuel made from excess British wine product.
Originally made famous by the James Bond films, these Aston Martin models have been coveted by collectors for years. Very rarely do they come up for sale or auction and the Prince’s will most likely never leave the Royal collection. The DB6 was a major improvement over the previous DB5 model and turned the car into a proper Grand Touring model. Performance for these models was increased through the Vantage edition which raised output to 325hp, but there is no word on the specific power output from the biofuel model.
Hit the jump for more details on the Aston Martin DB6.
When it comes to rappers and their cars, one definitely expects an abundance of luxury SUVs, sparkling exteriors, huge wheels, the latest supercars, and lest we forget, the bling bling. Cars are just taken very seriously in the hip hop world. And proof of that comes to us in the form of a video by Rick Ross featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele alongside the new four-door Rapide, the Vantage, the V8 Vantage Roadster, and of course, the DBS.
The video is over six minutes long and includes plenty of shots of the Aston Martins. See, this is what you get when you are a rapper who decides he wants to give Aston Martin a little extra publicity.
Just remember that when you watch the video, wipe off the drool before it damages your keyboard.
Music video by Rick Ross performing Aston Martin Music. (C) 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Is there anyone you would like to be more than Jay Leno? Think about it; the guy has boatloads of money and spends his time tinkering with some of the most fabulous cars on the planet. He can basically drive whatever car he chooses without so much as uttering a full sentence to convince the auto brand to let him and then he gets paid to tell people what he thinks about them. Not a bad gig at all.
For his latest endeavor, the King of Late Night got to take a spin in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The V12 Vantage can hit a top speed of 190mph and can make the 0-60mph sprint in 4.2 seconds, so getting the chance sit behind this wheel is definitely a thing to cherish.
During his turn in the British supercar, Leno described the Aston Martin as "almost the perfect combination of hardcore track sports car and GT car." During the video, he turns the car over - something we would never do - to British racing driver Justin Bell who puts the car through its paces at Willow Springs track.
If you have seen the 007 Series, then the Aston Martin DBS is a car that needs no introduction. The 4.0 Liter 325 HP grand tourer that appeared in the earlier films was a Bond trademark and one lucky (and rich) customer will be the proud owner of this DBS before the year is out. We are talking about the annual ’Automobiles of London’ event at the Battersea Evolution in London being held on October 27, 2010. At this particular auction, theAston Martin DBS will be suctioned off by none other than RM Auctions. The famous auction house expects the car to fetch around $5 million which is a much pricier option than the 1964 Aston Martin DB4 from Goldfinger that is being sold for $75,000.
There were only two 1964 Aston Martin DBSs built and this one is the only one that is still alive. The car was driven by Sean Connery in the Goldfinger and Thunderball movies and is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ’Q-Branch’ gadgets, including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest. The future proud owner will know the car is "the one" by the original UK registration number, FMP 7B.
Full story and press release after the jump.
Sometimes celebrities do things that make us want to scream and sometimes they do things that make us want to point and laugh. In a web film released back in 2008, Kobe Bryant made us cover our mouths and say, “Oh shit!” This film portrayed Kobe Bryant jumping – no trampoline, no bouncy surface – over a speeding Aston Martin DB9 Volante. The fans went nuts!
Now, two years after this film was released, Kobe Bryant and Aston Martin have teamed up to introduce the Nike Kobe Bryant (Aston Martin Edition) footwear pack. This footwear pack includes the Nike Hyperdunk (Aston Martin DB9 Edition) and the Nike Zoom Kobe V (Aston Martin Edition). These limited edition trainers were inspired by the DB9 and the One-77 supercar, detailing the elegance of the Aston Martin with some good old-fashioned sneaker craftsmanship. And we thought automakers would just continue to make timepieces and apparel.
The limited edition Nike Kobe Bryant (Aston Martin Edition) footwear pack will be introduced at the Nike Basketball Signature Space at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on May 13, 2010. To be honest, we don’t really think the shoes look anything like the amazing supercar they were inspired by, unless, of course, the silver color is taken into account, but we still wouldn’t turn down a pair.
The great thing about this event is that all event proceeds will be donated to the LA84 Foundation. The LA84 Foundation’s mission is “to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people’s lives”. They have been providing this service since 1985 when they were blessed with a surplus from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Hit the jump to see the film that inspired the Kobe Bryant/Aston Martin collaboration.
Although actor Daniel Craig doesn’t actually have a laser built into his watch or a poison-tipped pen, one element from his James Bond character is transferring over into his real life: Aston Martins. Craig discovered recently he has a lifetime drive deal with Aston. Now anytime he wants, Craig can ring up the very British (but Kuwaiti owned) car company and take one of its cars for a spin.
Craig says, "I’m lucky enough that if I desperately want to drive in an Aston Martin, the company is just fantastic to me. They’ll let me go on a track and drive one all day long."
Aston Martin wants to always be associated with bond, but this plan could backfire. Now that Craig always has access to one, he may think twice about making a purchase. "I could drive it faster and more furiously (on the track) than anywhere on the road. I live in London (and) it doesn’t make any sense to drive an Aston Martin there. I’ve nowhere to park it."
Bond is back! And so is his Aston Martin DBS (well, likely a new one because I think we all shed a tear when he wrecked the first one in Casino Royale.) Here’s the latest trailer for the new Bond flick, the Quantum of Solace. In this quick preview we get to see his Aston in action as well as some of the movie’s lesser cars like the new Ford Ka.
We know gas is very expensive this days, but from here to convert a car on running on wine, well is a pretty long way to go! But when you are a great person, a prince for example, you can afford pretty much everything!
Prince Charles decided to convert his 38-year-old Aston Martin to run on bio-ethanol made from English wine!
Converting the Aston Martin played a small but symbolic role. The Prince’s chief aide Sir Michael Peat said: ’Charles only traveled two or three hundred miles a year in the Aston but he wanted it to be environmentally friendly. It just happened that our bioethanol supplier makes the fuel from surplus English wine.’
The car - which is kept at Highgrove and clocks up just 300 miles a year - averages ten miles a gallon, the equivalent of 4.5 bottles of wine for every mile.
This time it wasn’t an accident! Bond and his crew crashed the DBS deliberate this time, to show the fate that awaits 007’s wheels in the movie.
Shooting on the upcoming James Bond adventure "Quantum of Solace" continued in and around the mountains of Carrara in Italy today, for a scene which will have 007’s Aston Martin DBS crash in to a marble quarry. The real-life marble basin location in Fantiscritti has been a quarry for generations, but workers put excavations on hold for a day whilst the Bond crew deliberately wrecked some vehicles
Bond is chased by villains in Alfa Romeos around the banks of Lake Garda, culminating in a devastating crash in the Canalgrande and Fantiscritti marble quarries. The action will form the pre-credits sequence to the movie and is expected to run for 15 minutes.
Deadlock for the biggest spy in the world! Agent 007 remained with no car while filming the "Quantum of Solace", the newest film in the 007 series.
The stunt man who was driving this unique DBS plunged into an Italian lake while filming one of the most difficult scenes in the movie. The driver of the Aston Martin was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The accident has major consequences for the film. Italian reports say the car was the only one available for shooting, which has spanned the globe from England to Chile and Mexico.
The production has had some difficulties already. A shoot in the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru had to be scrapped in March due to bad weather. Spain is the next locale for the film, which has British actor Daniel Craig reprising his role as the suave secret agent.
If you are a soccer lover, Wayne Rooney needs no presentation. For those who don’t know him, he plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. Rooney was given the Aston Martin Vanquish S 2+2 by fiancée Coleen McLoughlin as a good luck gift before the 2006 World Cup. He is the only owner of the car and he only covered 5,900 miles.
His ride is now for sale for £150,000, and in the price you will also get the £10,000+ registration plate WAZ8 – after Rooney’s nickname Wazza.
The Scouse superstar is famed for his love of sexy cars, owning the best collection in the Premiership and having previously counted a Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Continental GT and Range Rover Sport among his motors.
The Vanquish S is powered by a 6.0 litre V12 engine developing 520 hp. It can hit a top speed of 200 mph.