James Bond and Aston Martin go a long way and the connection is so much deep and strong that it’s hard for us to think of one without the other. And both icons are having the best time of their lives. The 007 franchise scaled new heights with the critical and commercial success of the $1.1 billion-grossing Skyfall. Now the same team behind Skyfall –Eon Productions, Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig – is set to repeat the success with SPECTRE, which is scheduled to release in October 2015. Aston Martin went the extra mile for SPECTRE by developing a new car exclusively for the movie – the Aston Martin DB10.
While those of you who fancy that car will have to be disappointed since it won’t be available for sale to customers, you can opt for the next best option – the DB9 GT Bond Edition. So prepare to live out your 007 fantasies with a car which would easily be one that Bond will choose as his steed of choice. Only 150 examples will be made of this special edition that is being launched to celebrate the 50-year association between the world’s most famous spy (that’s an odd way of putting it) and one of automotive world’s greatest brands.
The DB9 GT Bond Edition will come with all the goodies that will make it stand out in a crowd of standard edition DB9 GTs. If you can find that crowd, you must be filthy rich and may be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
The unique Spectre Silver exterior paint, discreet 007 Bond Edition badging, Aston Martin badges crafted from sterling silver, fluted leather interiors, satin carbon fibrecentre console, numbered sill plaques with the 007 logo, gun barrel embroidery on the rear seats and a Bond-themed infotainment screen – there is everything except the ejector seat… and the flamethrower… and the rocket launcher… and that Benhur-inspired tyre-shredder from Goldfinger. You’ll also get a leather Globe-Trotter trolley case with an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch, complete with an Aston Martin strap.
Priced at £165,000, the DB9 GT retains the 6.0 litre, 540bhp V12 engine that propels this junior “Bond Mobile” from 0 to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and all the way to a top whack of 295kph. That’ll be more than enough to keep you one step ahead of the megalomaniacal baddies that you come across on the roads everyday.