Bond back in an Aston Martin
BRITISH spy James Bond is set to jump back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin for the upcoming 007 movie, Skyfall, due in cinemas in November.
The iconic British sports car brand confirmed to Drive that Bond will again drive an Aston Martin, as he has in most of the 22 Bond films to date.
Already British media have spotted the world's most famous spy behind the wheel of the legendary Aston Martin DB5 - first used by Sean Connery as Bond in Goldfinger from 1964 - but it appears he could also drive a newer version of the British supercar.
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The DB5 was also used in Casino Royale, but it was initially driven by the baddie (and, later, 007) and didn't take part in any stunts, so wasn't fitted with any weapons or spy gadgets.
Speaking at the Geneva motor show, design boss Marek Reichman confirmed to Drive that Bond would be back behind the wheel of an Aston Martin: "yep, there will be an Aston Martin [in Skyfall]".
Which one? Reichman wasn't going into details.
Neither was Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez.
"I only read the magazines and they say the DB5 will be there," said Bez. "The DB5 is there which is great ... the brand is there."
But will there be a new Aston Martin in Skyfall?
"Definitely not in the film," said Bez with a smile, before leaving the door open by saying "I would not know..."
But it appears likely there may indeed be a new Aston Martin in Skyfall, with Reichman confirming a car will be suitably prepared for Bond.
"I can't say," he said when asked what Aston Martin would be used.
But he did hint it would be given the Q treatment.
"Well it's James Bond, so he needs stuff to do his work!"
While 007 typically drove Bentleys in the original Ian Flemming novels, he has long been associated with Aston Martins in the blockbuster movies.
Aston Martin claims it has never paid to be featured in the films - as other brands such as BMW have previously - instead getting heavily involved in building special stunt cars.
"It's a gentlemanly relationship, it's not a monetary thing," said Reichman. "They don't charge us and we don't charge them."
He said it was a great way to showcase the brand.
"I can't think of a better advert. It's really important [for Aston Martin] - it's a great marriage between two brands."
And it seems Aston won't be the only traditional British brand on show in the film. Craig has also been spotted filming in a Range Rover.