Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, sat the suave spy behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB Mark III in his book “Goldfinger.” However, when it came time to turn the book into a movie, the filmmakers opted instead for the then-current Aston Martin DB5. The rest is cinematic and automotive history. It has become the most iconic of all Bond cars. And now, it seems, Bond will live to drive it another day.
DB5 returns in new Bond film
After “Goldfinger” (1964), Sean Connery’s Bond kept his DB5 for “Thunderball” (1965), the next film in the series. Since then it has made cameo appearances in “GoldenEye” (1995), “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997) and “Casino Royale” (2006). Rumor has it, however, that the speedy British convertible will play a larger role in the upcoming “Skyfall.” This time, it will be driven by Daniel Craig.
DB5 Used in chase scene
The producers of “Skyfall” are keeping a tight lid on the details, so it is not known at this time how large a role the DB5 will have. But World Car Fan reports that it has been spotted being filmed in a chase scene in Glencoe, Scotland. It is the first time the car has been used in a chase scene in a Bond film since “Thunderball,” leading many to speculate that it may have more significant role than it has in recent appearances.
Iconic Bond plate
The automotive magazine also published a spy photo of the classic car, revealing that it will bear the same BMT 216A license plate that it had in “Goldfinger.”
Plot details sketchy
Few plot details are available yet. “Skyfall” is an original story and is not based on an Ian Fleming novel. The Internet Movie Database reports the vague teaser:
“Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”
The Bond movies will celebrate their 50th anniversary with the Nov. 9 release of “Skyfall.” Besides Daniel Craig, the movie will also star Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem.
The long-wheelbase Jaguar XJ L and the new Range Rover Evoque crossover have also signed contracts, received their scripts and are confirmed to make appearances in “Skyfall.”