James Bond actors and Aston Martin

Did you know that Roger Moore as James Bond never drove an Aston Martin?

This was intentional and they wanted his 007 to stand out from Sean Connery‘s Bond who drove legendary Aston Martin DB5 car in “Goldfinger” (1964) and “Thunderball” (1965)

Aston Martin DB5 and Sean Connery’s figure in “Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond Style” Exhibition

Lotus Esprit was the most famous car driven by Roger Moore´s 007. The car made its debut in “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and second time it was seen in “For Your Eyes Only” (1981). Other cars that remind us of Moore’s Bond are e.g. Citroën 2CV from “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) and Renault 11 (half) taxi from “A View to a Kill” (1985)

Aston Martin, of course, was not unfamiliar to Sir Roger Moore, because he drove DB5 in the film “The Cannonball Run” (1981) and in the television series “The Persuaders!” Lord Brett Sinclair owned an Aston Martin DBS.

Aston Martin DB5 and Roger Moore in “The Cannonball Run
Aston Martin DBS and Roger Moore as Brett Sinclair in television series “The Persuaders

All other Bond actors have been behind the steering wheel of Aston Martin as James Bond. George Lazenby had an Aston Martin DBS in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969).

Aston Martin DBS in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969)

George Lazenby also drove an Aston Martin DB5 in the movie “Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (1983). His character’s name in the movie was “JB” and those initials can also be seen in the register plate of DB5. 🙂

George Lazenby driving an Aston Martin DB5 in “Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E

When Timothy Dalton took over the role after Roger Moore, Aston Martin did a comeback in “The Living Daylights” (1987). The model was Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Timothy Dalton and his Aston Martin in “The Living Daylights” (1987)

Pierce Brosnan‘s 007 got himself DB5 again, although Brosnan mainly drove BWM in his first three Bond movies, before Q (John Cleese) gave him an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in “Die Another Day” (2002).

Pierce Brosnan with Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish and Pierce Brosnan as 007

When Daniel Craig inherited 007’s licence to kill, Aston Martin has followed him in all of his Bond movies. In “SPECTRE” (2015) Bond has an Aston Martin DB10.

Aston Martin DB10 ja Daniel Craig

In the upcoming movie “No Time to Die” (2021) we will see a total of four different models of Aston: DB5, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, that was last seen in “The Living Daylights” back in 1987, and new models that have never before been in Bond movies are Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and Aston Martin Valhalla.

Aston Martin DB5 in action in “No Time to Die” (2021)
Daniel Craig and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera in “No Time to Die” (2021)

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