Here's the classic Aston Martin James Bond will drive in the next film06/12/2019
Footage leaked from a location of the next James Bond film suggests that 007 may swap out newer rides for an Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe from the 1980s, finally giving a nod to the rad era of auto design. A short clip posted on YouTube during the first week of June shows a helicopter-mounted camera rig filming a very ’80s Aston Martin followed closely by two modern Range Rovers.
What’s more, the car is wearing the plate B549 WUU in zoomed-in images filmed at this location. Why is that important in the Bond universe? That’s the same plate worn by the 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage back during the short-lived Timothy Dalton era in the Bond franchise, as the Bond fan site MI6 HQ notes.
This won’t be the first time the current James Bond, who will once again be portrayed by Daniel Craig, has opted for vintage wheels, but it will be the first major appearance of an ’80s vintage Aston Martin since the 1980s. “The Living Daylights” opened in 1987, but a subsequent Dalton film, “Licence to Kill,” did not feature an Aston Martin at all. (In fact, we don’t even remember what was in that film.) A few years later we were already in the increasingly smarmy Pierce Brosnan era, with BMW product placement.
If Aston Martins of the 1980s aren’t your cup of … vodka martini, shaken not stirred, the next Bond film has been rumored to also feature an electric Aston Martin. In fact, it will probably contain a pretty long parade of cars from a number of brands, in addition to other luxury brands which will be very prominently featured (or even name-dropped) on screen. If the last few films are any indication, it’s safe to say that any Bond film in the modern era will be a two-hour-plus parade of product placement, but hopefully the good kind. For instance, we enjoyed the product placement of a ZiL 117 sedan in “Casino Royale” over a decade ago, so there’s that.
Does this mean that the next film will be set in Norway?
Not necessarily, as the cars are wearing British plates, and locations in other countries often stand in for entirely different locations in the film’s plot. For example, the “The Lord of the Rings” films were filmed nowhere near Middle Earth — they were all filmed in New Zealand. So you can never be sure. But if you are from Norway, as we’re sure many of our readers are, you will certainly recognize this famous bridge and road along the Atlantic Ocean called Atlanterhavsvegen, which translates to Atlantic Ocean Road, as MI6 HQ notes.
We won’t have to wait too long to find out what’s going on in this scene, as the 25th installment in the Bond franchise is scheduled to open Nov. 25. Without spoiling too much, we’ll just note that in addition to Craig as Bond, Ralph Fiennes will return as M, Lea Seydoux will be back as Dr. Madeleine Swann and Ben Whishaw will once again play a young, hipster Q.
The biggest nail-biter of the film, we’re certain, will be whether this Aston Martin escapes unscathed. Bond does not have a great track record of returning vehicles to Q in undamaged condition.
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