No, it isn’t the DB5.
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic movie cars of all time. To honor its legacy, Aston Martin is even building a batch of continuation models complete with working gadgets. We last saw Bond drive the iconic DB5 in the 2012 film Skyfall, but it was destroyed in the film’s final action scene. It was then replaced by the Aston Martin DB10 concept in the 2015 film Spectre.
So, what will the British secret agent drive in the next Bond film? Reports have suggested Bond will get behind the wheel of the all-electric Aston Martin Rapid E in the next film. However, it looks like another classic Aston Martin will also see some action.
A video recorded by MI6 HQ during the filming of the 25th Bond film shows a classic Aston Martin V8 Vantage driving along the picturesque Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway and crossing a pair of iconic bridges while a helicopter films the action. The 5.2 mile-long road is preserved as a cultural heritage site and is often used to film car commercials.
Bond last drove the classic V8 Vantage in the 1987 film, The Living Daylights, with actor Timothy Dalton behind the wheel. It isn’t known whether the V8 Vantage will be equipped with any gadgets, but the original Bond car featured front-firing missiles, retractable skis, a head-up display, lasers, tire spikes, and an afterburner among other upgrades. The V8 Vantage being filmed for Bond 25 even has the same license plate as the original car used in The Living Daylights.
According to MI6 HQ, a stunt double standing in for Daniel Craig was driving the V8 Vantage wearing dots on his face for use in visual effects later. This will enable digital face swapping with Daniel Craig who is recovering from ankle surgery.
Filming along the Atlantic Ocean Road nearly didn’t happen as a large BMW event was held there that left black tire marks on the tarmac. Attempts were made to remove them, but the crew had no choice but to film. Hopefully they can be removed in post production.