It’s reported that the next Bond film – code named ‘Shatterhand’ – will see Daniel Craig’s James Bond driving an electric Aston Martin Rapide E.
Although James Bond has become firmly linked with Aston Martin, it wasn’t always so; Bond drove a Bentley in the Ian Fleming novels, and Aston Martin got the gig when Jaguar didn’t want to play. That serndipity has helped make Bond – and Aston Martin – properly cool for more than five decades.
So with Daniel Craig heading for his last outing as Bond in the next instalment of the world’s most successful film franchise, we can be pretty sure there will be an Aston Martin on screen. But which Aston Martin?
Bond has driven some of AML’s finest over the years, with the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger and Thunderball, the Aston Martin DBS in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a V8 Vantage Volante in Living daylights, a DB5 back for Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not enough, a V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day, DB5 and DBS in Casino Royale, DB5 in Skyfall and the DB5 and DB10 in Spectre.
The one thing all the Aston’s Bond has driven is that they have an ICE under the bonnet but, according to The Sun, that’s going to change in the new Bond film.
I seems the director of the new Bond film, Cary Joji Fukunaga, is a bit of a tree hugger, and he plans to put Bond behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Rapide E, the limited production electric Rapide due to arrive this year.
Sadly, the production Rapide E isn’t quite the 800bhp, 4WD treat we were promised, but it does come with 600bhp and a 0-62mph of 4.0 seconds. So, assuming Bond can find a rapid charging point, we could be in for some interesting car chase sequences.
We don’t have a problem with Bond driving an EV. But a saloon car?