Outside of a few questionable vehicle choices in Pierce Brosnan flicks, James Bond has always and will always drive an Aston Martin (why on earth the producers decided to put Brosnan’s 007 into a German-built BMW is more than just a head-scratcher). Aston Martin and the British secret agent go together like cookies and milk. Really, really expensive cookies and milk, but still. And now, current James Bond actor Daniel Craig has worked with Aston Martin to make the perfect vehicle for Bond lovers everywhere.
The Ultimate Martin, Aston Martin Car
Daniel Craig is reprising his role as 007 for a final time in the upcoming James Bond flick. To help kick start publicity for the movie “No Time To Die” (which isn’t coming out until next year), Mr. Craig has teamed up with Aston Martin to help design the ultimate fanboy’s dream car in the 007 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Now, there’s no word as to what exactly Daniel Craig designed, as the general styling of the vehicle was already set in stone, so it not known what all the James Bond actor contributed to the vehicle, but nevertheless, this ultra-limited “Bond car” will be turning heads wherever it goes.
Just how limited will this Aston Martin DBS Superleggera be? Well, naturally, there will be precisely 7 (or should we say 007) models made of the car. And it will come with a price tag of $700,007 (all before tax, so that $700,007 price tag will be a bit higher when it’s all said and done).
Surface-To-Air-Missiles Not In The Trim Package
Sadly, even if you decide to spring for the ultra-limited Bond Car, you won’t have any of the special Bond gadgets tucked in. From deploying oil slicks out the rear of the car (if that happens, you’ll want to take it into the dealership for servicing) to surface-to-air-missiles, all of these special features were left out. But when you purchase the vehicle, Aston Martin does toss in a limited-edition platinum Omega Seamaster Diver 300m. You might scoff at the inclusion of a watch with the purchase of a car that’s pushing three quarters of a million dollars, but this platinum on platinum watch does have a purchase price of $66,000, so it’s a nice add-on to the car (and, naturally, Omega is the brand of watch Bond normally wears). The purchase price for the watch is for the non-James Bond edition Omega, which means this watch will run more. It is a limited edition watch that features a spiral design within the platinum, designed to look like the gun-barrel sequence that is famous in almost all James Bond movies. And while the design is platinum on platinum, the hashes on the watch are white, as are the hands. The only bit of color you’ll find on the watch comes from the tip of the second hand, which is blood red. So if you’re ever hard up for cash and want to make up for the purchase price of the car, chances are you’ll be able to sell off the watch for well over $100,000.
Now, while you don’t have all the special gadgets built into the Aston Martin you still will need a powerful engine if you’re going to outrun Oddjob, Jaws, Goldfinger, and all the other baddies coming for you. Thankfully this Aston Martin does deliver in this regard.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera comes with a 5.2L twin-turbo V-12 (yes, 12) that’s going to give you 715 horsepower and 664-lb ft. of torque. It also has a top speed of 211 miles per hour.
And just in case the watch and the car aren’t enough, when you buy the car, you will receive a pair of tickets to the world premiere of “No Time To Die.” The tickets do come with airfare through American Airlines to London where you’ll not only be able to see the movie, but you’ll be able to watch your car come off the assembly line, which alone is pretty cool (although as it’s coming off the assembly line in London no word yet as to what side of the car the steering wheel will be, so here’s hoping you can at least ask for a left-sided steering wheel).
What’s The Difference Between A Regular DBS and the James Bond DBS?
The regular DBS will set you back $307,820 (give or take a few dollars), so why does the “James Bond” edition cost more than double the sticker price? There is the limited edition element to it, so there’s that, not to mention you get the watch, tickets to the movie, and the ability to watch it come off the assembly line, so there are those perks. But even still, that doesn’t make up the difference in the purchase price, so what is different on the James Bond DBS?
While Aston Martin is not saying exactly what Daniel Craig did with the design, CNET is reporting the actor was able to select the specs of the car: aka trims, materials, and color.
For starters, this Bond car uses a very unique dark blue. It’s the kind of cloudy dark blue color you’d expect to match a James Bond suit. The car has a horizontal slated grille, plus unique wheels you’ll only find on this edition of the car.
When you open the car doors, you’ll find a similar blue leather paired with carbon-fiber trim throughout the doors and the console.
Where To Buy?
This isn’t something you can just roll up to your local Aston Martin dealership and purchase. After all, there are only 7 of the cars, and you’ll be arriving at the dealership to watch your exact car come off the lot. No, you will need to check out the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Book, which you can find either online through the company website (when on the Neiman Marcus website, you’ll need to email Aston Martin through the provided “NeimanMarcus@AstonMartin.com” email address or call the company at 1.866.278.6661).
While the ticket price for the vehicle is considerable, you can feel good knowing 12% of the purchase price will go to The Opportunity Network. The Opportunity Network helps students from low-income communities and students of color with paying for college and career development services.
The 12% donation doesn’t just come from the Aston Martin though. It comes from everything bought through the Neiman Marcus 2019 Fantasy Gifts selection. These are all exclusive gifts designed to help raise money during the holidays. If the $700,007 purchase price is too steep for you for the car, but you’d still like to purchase something through the Fantasy Gifts, check out the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts website. Here you’ll find anything from limited edition Tokyo sneakers, Fashion Week trips, specially crafted makeup, and so much more.
Keep An Eye Out For Other Bond Classics
If you’re not one of the lucky ones capable of buying the James Bond edition Aston Martin, make sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming movie. Not only will it feature the DBS Superleggera, but it will also showcase the Valhalla hypercar, and the classic DB5, which is the old school classic Bond car.