Be honest, where did you first fall in love with Aston Martin? We hazard a guess that you were first seduced by Aston’s timeless charms on the silver screen as a certain 007 swaggered his way from one exotic location to the next, rubbing shoulders with beautiful girls and outlandish villains at every exhilarating turn.
For some is was Connery’s iconic DB5 that first turned their heads, an era-defining, mobile arsenal that gave birth to the legendary double act in 1964’s Goldfinger. Perhaps you were bowled over by Dalton’s adrenaline fuelled romp through the frozen Alps aboard the rocket fuelled, missile spewing V8 Vantage in the Living Daylights. Or maybe you were first swept off your feet by one of Bond’s more recent Aston steeds such as Brosnan’s vanishing Vanquish or Craig’s barrel rolling DBS. Whatever our vintage, we all have an enduring image of Bond at the wheel of some kind of resplendent Aston Martin.
For the next generation of petrol heads and Bond maniacs alike, a new icon is about to enter stage left. The specially developed Aston Martin DB10 will serve as James Bond’s weapon of choice as the world’s most famous spy gears up for his 24th big screen outing.
The new 007 film, Spectre, marks the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin’s historic association with Bond and to celebrate the milestone, Gaydon’s finest is launching a very special variant of its much-loved DB9 grand tourer; the strictly limited Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition.
The DB9 is coming into the home straight of its thirteen year production run and the GT version announced at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed is the culmination of everything that we love about this stellar piece of British design and engineering. It makes perfect sense then to kill two milestones with one DB9 and the Bond Edition does just that.
It has to be said, the Bond Edition is not the most conspicuous of special DB9 variants. Much of the exterior design remains true to the standard GT model bar a shiny new set of ten-spoke 20-inch alloys, bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille and a smattering of carbon fibre elements including the front splitter and rear diffuser. Discreet ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging adorns the luscious flowing lines of the DB9 GT’s body, finished in Spectre Silver for this commemorative one-off.
Inside, the usual DB9 GT trim is complemented by numbered sill plaques featuring the distinctive 007 moniker. The same gun barrel embroidery adorns the DB9’s rear seat divider and a special Bond Edition start-up screen greats the driver on firing up the touch screen infotainment system.
A Bond car would not be worthy of its name without a collection of gadgets to go with it. Neither the Globe-Trotter trolley case with its embossed leather luggage tag nor the Omega Seamaster 007 limited edition watch are likely to be of much benefit in the event of a cable car roof death-struggle with a psychotic megalomaniac, but at least this pair of Bond Edition freebies will allow you to reach the scene of a major international incident dead on time and with a full complement of snappy ties and fresh underwear.
Underneath the smattering of 007-themed trimmings lurks the same 540bhp 6.0-litre V12 that makes the GT version the most powerful DB9 ever. It carries the grand tourer from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds, maxing out at 183 mph. A six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire sets the pace whilst a set of adaptive dampers with Normal, Sport or Track modes means the DB9 GT, like Bond, is well equipped for all kinds of work in the field.
Just 150 examples of the DB9 GT Bond Edition will be produced, meaning this Aston will be almost as clandestine as 007 himself.
Order books for the Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition are already open. The limited run special is priced at £165,000, that’s a £25,000 premium on top of the standard GT.
But what price for 50 years of tradition?