James Bond and Aston Martin – A special bond in focus
It all began with the DB 5...
Aston Martin prepare to celebrate 100 years of making some of the finest automobiles in history with the release of the centenary edition of their renowned, Vanquish – the ultimate grand tourer. One of these special edition cars has been created for each year that Aston Martin have been operational. The vanquish was unveiled to fans in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, which starred Pierce Brosnan.
The iconic relationship between Aston Martin and James Bond is indelibly inked in the hearts and minds of fans of both Britain’s most infamous spy and Britain’s most famous sports cars. Ian Fleming, Bond’s creator, first placed him in a DB Mark III model however, when Goldfinger was made in 1964 the decision was made to use the company’s newest car – the DB 5. This was the start of a special lifelong friendship.
The majestic DB 5 is now synonymous with Her Majesty’s secret service special agent 007, and some argue it has become the most famous car in the world. The 60’s classic even made a come back in the latest Bond instalment Skyfall, which saw the DB 5 redeem its place at the top spot over and above newer models. It occupies an untarnished page in the history book of all time car greats not just because of its impressive engineering but because of its universal cinematic recognition.
Here is a closer look at the classic DB 5: