The most famous cars in the world are probably those made famous by spy, notorious womaniser, and icon of masculinity, James Bond. Agent 007 in MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, Bond drove an Aston Martin DB5 in Casino Royale, an exceptional car even before being fitted out with exceptional gadgets for this fictional intelligence officer in the 2006 movie.
Ian Fleming novel
Casino Royale is based on the original novel by Ian Fleming, though Bond plays No Limits Texas Hold’em poker against Le Chiffre when the novel has him play baccarat. Whilst these table games can be found at casinos everywhere, including Miami Club Casino, poker was likely chosen for the movie because the audience would know poker better.
Famous for world‑leading design, exceptional engineering and extraordinary craftsmanship, Aston Martin has always been an exclusive sports car brand since it was founded in 1913 to build quality cars of good performance and appearance for the discerning owner driver with fast touring in mind. Aston Martin has provided cars for 13 films in the James Bond series. In No Time to Die, due for release in April 2021, you can see the Aston Martin 1964 DB5, a 1984 V8 Vantage, and a modern DBS Superleggera.
James Bond’s gadget-laden Silver Birch DBS in Casino Royale soon became the dream car for those who saw the movies. The car had a secret compartment that contained Bond’s Walther P99 gun, and other gadgets including an emergency medical kit with components of an emergency medical link to MI6, and a small defibrillator. According to Aston Martin, the DBS car did not have the understated elegance of a DB9, nor the agility of the V8 Vantage, but unique character equal to that of James Bond.
The Aston Martin DBS is not in the same league as a Ferrari 599 and Lamborghini Aventador but sits above Porsche. With a less extrovert style, the car offers a unique appeal in this class. The car offers high-performance stability, handling stability and a low kerb weight beyond any other car from the brand.
The original model was introduced in 1967 as a supplemental model to the DB6 and continued in production until 1972. This 4.0-litre straight-six model DBS was the car in which Tracy di Vicenzo, aka Mrs Bond, is shot dead by Irma Bunt in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The current DBS made its Bond debut in Casino Royale, and also featured in the follow-up, Quantum of Solace.
Pros and cons
The DBS has a wide powerband engine and an outstanding ride quality, with first-class brakes. However, the car is a disappointment with its dreadful headlights and design of the dashboard.
Aston Martin DBS 2008-2012
The latest DBS model is perhaps not as far from the DB9 as Aston Martin would want us to believe. The car is more a touring car honed to have a sharper edge but whose natural environment remains the open road and not a racetrack or narrow B-road. Yet, it remains a charming car and a great ride quality. Given time, you begin to realise the DBS is Aston Martin’s greatest GT to date.