Aston Martin, James Bond: No Time To Die

James Raia

The Sunbeam Alpine was the car driven by Sean Connery in Dr. No, the first James Bond movie, in 1962.

What would a James Bond movie be without iconic cars doing the impossible?

OK, there’s espionage, guns, chase scenes, adventures in exotic places, tuxedos, pretty women in slinky dresses, villains and a martini or two (shaken, not stirred).

But other than that, fans of the 24 films (and soon to be 25 movies) in the franchise need to see cars, notably various Aston Martin vehicles.

Aston Martin and James Bond need each, only since 1962.
Aston Martin and James Bond need each other, only since 1962.

Aston Martin needs the James Bond movies. The James Bond movies need Aston Martin.

In the final preview before the nationwide debut of No Time To Die on Oct. 8, cars are in the mix, including a homage to yesteryear with protruding automatic weapons all the rage.

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The premise of the new film, as promoted:

“James Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.

The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

The Aston Martin DB 10 is used the current James Bond movie, Spectre.
The Aston Martin DB 10 is used in James Bond movie, Spectre, also starring Daniel Craig.

“No Time To Die “stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes.

The cast also includes Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik and Billy Magnussen

Cary Joji Fukunaga is the director and co-wrote the screenplay with Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are the producers.

The film’s management and Aston Martin representatives have reiterated for months that “No Time To Die” will include four models of the iconic sports car.

Not every Bond film has featured an Aston Martin, but there’s little doubt the human and automotive icons are meant for each other.

Here’s a list of the movies and the prominent cars used in the two-dozen James Bond movies to date:

Dr. No., 1962,
1961 Sunbeam Alpine II

From Russia With Love 1963
1935 Bentley Drophead

Goldfinger 1964
1963 Aston Martin DB5

Thunderball 1965
1963 Aston Martin DB5

You Only Live Twice 1967
1967 Toyota 2000GT

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1969
1968 Aston Martin DBS

Diamonds Are Forever 1971
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Live and Let Die 1973
1947 AEC Regent III

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974
1974 AMC Hornet X

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
1976 Lotus Esprit S1

Moonraker 1979
Chevrolet C10 ambulance

For Your Eyes Only 1981
1981 Citroën 2CV

Octopussy 1983
1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6

A View to a Kill 1985
1983 Renault 11 TXE

The Living Daylights 1987
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Licence to Kill 1989
1987 Kenworth W900

GoldenEye 1995
1963 Aston Martin DB5

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
1997 BMW 750iL

The World Is Not Enough 1999
1999 BMW Z8

Die Another Day 2002
2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Casino Royale 2006
2006 Aston Martin DBS V12

Quantum of Solace 2008
2008 Range Rover Sport HSE

Skyfall 2012
1963 Aston Martin DB5

Spectre 2015
Aston Martin DB10


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Article Last Updated: September 10, 2021.

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