After more than 60 years in existence and a series of cars, James Bond is finally and officially getting his name on a car, and it’s an Aston Martin. As many film viewers think it should.
The Aston Martin DB9 Bond Edition is being introduced to coincide with the release of “Spectre,” the latest film in the Bond franchise. There will only be 150 available and chances are they’re already all spoken for.
As the name indicates, the limited edition model is based on the recently introduced DB9 GT, the most powerful DB9 to date. In addition to already exclusive content, the Bond Edition adds some carefully chosen trim pieces, equipment and accessories.
The Bond’s unique Spectre Silver body covers the four-seat cabin behind the 540-hp quad-cam 6.0-litre V12, and features sterling silver Aston Martin badges front and rear, with subtle 007 Bond Edition logos. Other exterior appointments include black diamond 20-inch alloy wheels, bright aluminum hood vents and grille, and carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, among other bits.
Opening up the doors reveals a unique numbered sill plate with the 007 logo. The logo is embroidered on the console between the rear seats, together with addition to the gun barrel graphic seen at the beginning of all Bond films. The infotainment touch display also features a special start-up Bond themed screen. Fluted leather upholstery, Alcantara steering wheel and carbon fibre center console surround are carried over from the DB9 GT.
Bespoke features include classically styled 21-inch Globe Trotter pull-along carry-on case, and an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m James Bond Limited Edition Watch (featuring 007 and Aston Martin badges on the watch front and back and on the band, respectively).
The entire package is available for £165,000 (roughly $335,000 Canadian) and buyers can now place their orders.
“In the run-up to the launch of the new film, Spectre, which sees Bond behind the wheel of the DB10, we are very happy to be able to celebrate the partnership with this superb limited edition DB9 GT collector’s item,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “Aston Martin and James Bond are intrinsically linked in the minds of many of our enthusiasts and, indeed, owners, worldwide.”
In reality, Bond’s vehicle marque of choice in print was almost exclusively Bentley, with the sole exception being the Aston Martin DB Mark III he drove while tracking down Goldfinger in the novel of the same name (published in 1959). The film version of Goldfinger (released in 1964) featured the introduction of Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, which is the car most closely associated with the superspy and which was acquired in the Casino Royale reboot and destroyed in Skyfall. Aston Martins have been driven by Bond in 11 films and will again be the vehicle of choice in Spectre.