The bond between Aston Martin and Bond, James Bond really is cliché at this point.
The long-standing association has been milked for all its marketing worth, and it's not hard to see why given how the 007 franchise has stood the test of time through 24 films. But sometimes, Aston Martin can surprise us, and with a twenty-fifth Bond film on the way, this is definitely not the time for that association to die.
And so, the British luxury automobile marque has just released two very special editions commemorating that special bond (no pun intended) between Aston Martin and EON Productions. The special and limited edition 007 cars are based on the Aston Martin Vantage and DBS Superleggera (or super light).
Crafted by the special branch of the automaker known as Q by Aston Martin, the two models take plenty of inspiration from Bond films, particularly the Vantage special edition: clearly this model took a lot of inspiration from its predecessor that starred in 1987's The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton as 007. Actually, Aston Martin says the new film, No Time To Die, will feature the original V8 Vantage being uncovered by the fictional agent from his personal storage.
The new 007-inspired Vantage will be in a special Cumberland Gray color with a black interior. Aston is pouring on the references in a very thick manner with lots of throwbacks such as embroidering the radio station 007 listens to in order to evade the Russian police, the outline of a cello's “f holes” from the cello scene in that 1987 film, or a plaque that references the many gadgets the car is supposed to have (but really doesn't) such as the “rocket jet” turbine/motor at the back, missiles, lasers, so on and so forth.
There are many little updates and nods like a different mesh grille that's also a throwback to the original, and a yellow diffuser to indicate the hazard of the fictional rocket motor. But perhaps the most obvious change is the presence of skis on the roof; film buffs would know these as the outrigger skis that was used in the movie on the vehicle as it powered down a ski jump. Ah, 80's fantasies.
This Aston Martin Vantage 007 Edition is available as a manual or automatic and will be limited to just 100 units globally.
The other model, the DBS Superleggera 007 Edition, doesn't directly tie-in to a past Bond film, but it is evocative nonetheless. The DBS Superleggera will be featured more prominently in the new film, and the special edition that will be offered for sale will be of the same spec, sans the special military-grade toys in the movie, if any.
The 007 Edition will have more subtle tweaks to the exterior such as a rather stealthy Ceramic Gray paint job with carbon-fiber exterior bits and pieces. It will have special Y spoke 21-inch wheels, a 007 fender badge, and a stainless steel foil on the back.
Inside, the DBS Superleggera will have some subtle 007 brandings and badging. But the key to its status will be the 715 brake horsepower from its 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 driving the rear wheels.
Aston Martin says the DBS Superleggera 007 Edition will retail for GBP 279,025 (about PHP 17.8 million) while the Vantage 007 Edition will have a sticker price of GBP 161,000 (about PHP 10.2 million). Of course, that's the UK price, and will not be close to the Philippine price if someone here decides to shake it, not stir it, and order one.