OUR ASTON MARTINS Whenever we hear the name Aston Martin mentioned, we immediately think: “James Bon
Not accidently, the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa will have on show this year, both the FIRST and LAST of the Bond cars. In addition, we will have one of the actual cars used in a 1969 movie.
How is this possible? Read on ….
Throughout the James Bond series of films and novels, Q Branch has given Bond a variety of vehicles with which to battle his enemies. Among the most noteworthy gadgets, Bond has been equipped with various vehicles that have numerous modifications to include elaborate weapons and anti-pursuit systems, alternative transportation modes, and various other functions.
One car in particular that has been linked to Mr. Bond's collection is the Aston Martin DB5.
The DB5 was seen or featured in seven films (“Goldfinger”, “Thunderball”, “GoldenEye”, a small appearance in “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Casino Royale”, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”).
“The Living Daylights” featured an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante.
In “Die Another Day” Bond has a V12 Vanquish.
In the first of the Daniel Craig Bond films, a remake of “Casino Royale”, Bond first wins a DB5 in a card game. He then equips himself with a DBS V12, which is spectacularly destroyed in one scene when Bond is forced to swerve violently to avoid running over the heroine, and flips and rolls seven times – a new world record. It is recorded that that scene was staged at Aston Martin’s own proving grounds. The car then appears again in “Quantum of Solace.”
In “Skyfall” the venerable DB5 appears again, only to be completely destroyed in the climactic battle scene.
In the final Bond film, “Spectre”, Bond has a DB10, which was ACTUALLY A SPECIALLY MODIFIED DB9. The DB9 is THE CAR WHICH WILL BE DISPLAYED AT OUR AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SHOW AND SHINE THIS YEAR. In a car chase with a Jaguar, Bond utilises the ejection seat and the car sinks in the Tiber River. Our hero then obtains the DB5 from Q branch, which has been miraculously restored from almost nothing, and in the final scene, loads up the heroine and disappears into the distance …..
Aston Martin says: Bond
“For over 50 years, Aston Martin has been the sports car of choice for James Bond. Produced exclusively for Spectre, DB10 was designed, engineered and hand crafted by a dedicated team at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in the UK.”
Ten DB10 cars were manufactured in total – eight were used for Spectre filming, along with two show cars.
BUT, HERE’S THE “STING IN THE TAIL”!
We will also have on display at our show the immaculate 1923 Bamford & Martin 1.5 litre Side Valve sports racer. And here’s a little-known fact …
The Bamford & Martin 1.5 litre Side Valve Short Chassis Tourer was James Bond's first car from the early novels of “Young Bond”. This is a series of young adult spy novels featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond as a young teenage boy attending school at Eton College in the 1930s, written by Charlie Higson, and first published in 2005.
He inherited it around Easter 1933 in the first Young Bond novel “SilverFin” from his uncle Max at the age of thirteen. Bond regularly drove the car, although he was underage, and stored it in a nearby garage while he attended Eton. The car was destroyed in the third Young Bond novel, “Double or Die”, in December 1933 leading Bond to replace it by purchasing the Bentley Mark IV shortly thereafter in the same novel.
SO, ON DISPLAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SHOW AND SHINE EUROA, YOU WILL SEE BOTH THE FIRST JAMES BOND CAR – THE BAMFORD & MARTIN 1.5 LITRE SIDE VALVE SPORTS RACER, AND THE LAST BOND CAR, THE DB9.
A further addition to our Aston Martin display at the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa will be the actual 1969 DBS “Vantage” used in the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.
This car is currently owned by Aston Martin Owner’s Club of Victoria member Sigi Zidziunas, who has agreed to bring the car to Euroa for our event. Sigi says: “The ‘old girlfriend’ could do with a run, count me in.”
The DBS is shown here on display with Australian Bond actor George Lazenby who played 007 in the film, which also starred Dianna Rigg of “Avengers” fame, and Telly Savalas.
In conclusion, we can only speculate on the deal that the Bond series producers had with Aston Martin. It certainly placed the marque firmly entrenched in everybody’s mind.
.. Ray Read
PICTURES: The Aston Martin DB9 and the DBS Vantage