James Bond is back and he’s bringing along some old friends. A video shot earlier this month showed a chase scene being filmed in Norway. The star was an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which appeared in the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights. This week Aston Martin confirmed that the Vantage will star in Bond 25, alongside the DB5 and new Valhalla hypercar.

Bond 25 Aston Martin Valhalla
Aston Martin

This quells rumors of a cameo by the Rapide E, leaving 007 to make the smaller leap to hybrid tech rather than electric. The mid-engined Valhalla uses a combination turbocharged V-6 engine and battery-electric hybrid system. Aston Martin will produce 500 examples of the coupe.

The Valhalla follows the Valkyrie in Aston Martin’s Viking quest. The Valkyrie is powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 combined with an electric motor for extra bursts of power. Just 150 Valkyries are slated for production, costing $3.2 million each. The British carmaker is preparing two Valkyries to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021.

A James Bond legend returns — sort of

007 fans should be thrilled at the return of the DB5, making its seventh appearance in a Bond film — even if it’s not the real thing. Prince Charles visited the Bond 25 set at Pinewood Studios. On hand were the V8 Vantage and DB5. A video from 5 News shows Daniel Craig giving the Prince of Wales a tour of the cars. At one point the Bond actor can be overheard saying, “We’ve had five of these made,” gesturing towards the DB5. He taps the fender and declares it’s all made of carbon fiber.

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Various V8 Vantages

MI6 HQ and Norwegian media company Dagbladet posted photos and video of a brown Aston Martin V8 Vantage speeding down the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway in early June. This 5.2-mile stretch of pavement is a cultural heritage site and a hot spot for car commercials. The V8 Vantage sported the same number plate as the car driven by Dalton’s Bond in The Living Daylights: B549 WUU.

007 fans should be thrilled at the return of the DB5, making its seventh appearance in a Bond film

007 drove a drop top V8 Vantage at the beginning of The Living Daylights. This was actually a pre-production V8 Vantage Volante owned by Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett. It was later “winterized” with a hard top by Q Branch.

We as the audience were made to believe that Bond was driving around in a convertible version of the Vantage. When Q added a top we got a car that was never meant to exist — a hardtop Volante. But numerous sources such as Aston Martins.com report that the Q Branch coupes were actually plain Aston Martin V8s rebadged as Vantages.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage featured in The Living Daylights
Aston Martin

Regardless of the story, the car in The Living Daylights had all the fun gadgets we craved, including missiles, heads-up display, lasers, outriggers (metal skis that were also part of the winterization process), bulletproof glass, rockets, radio scanner, and tire spikes.

James Bond’s garage

Aston Martin first made its 007 mark in Goldfinger (1964) with the stunning DB5. The car returned the following year in Thunderball with some more spy goodies. Bond drove an Aston Martin DBS in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Following The Living Daylights and its V8 Vantage, the DB5 came back in Goldeneye (1995). The V12 Vanquish was next in 2002’s Die Another Day.

Casino Royale heralded the introduction of the new DBS in 2006, with the classic DB5 getting its own guest appearance. A modified DB9 replaced the DBS for the famous stunt sequence in which the car flipped and rolled a record seven times. The DBS graced the big screen once more in 2008’s Quantum of Solace. 2012’s Skyfall saw the DB5’s sixth appearance.

Spectre was the last released Bond film (2015) and it got its own car. The DB10 was was based on the 2018 V8 Vantage and created specifically for the film. Just 10 cars were produced by a special in-house team at Aston Martin.

Craig returns to play Bond for a fifth time in the upcoming Bond 25. He is the sixth actor to play the British superspy, following Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. Cars have always carried star power in Bond films. Other manufacturers have lent their vehicles to 007, notably Lotus and BMW, but the Astons always made a comeback.

Update notes: Added information on Aston Martin’s official announcement that Bond 25 will feature the V8 Vantage, DB5, and Valhalla. 

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