Sunday, November 23, 2008

James Bond's Ride: Aston Martin DBS

The Aston Martin DBS first appeared in the 1969 James Bond flick "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", which starred George Lazenby, the only actor to play the famous Agent 007 all but once. It was the original 1969 DBS, with its only special feature being a sniper rifle found in the glovebox. Given what happened at the end of the show, it is obviously not fitted with bulletproof glass, which is supposed to be standard on all Mi6 cars. The new 2008 DBS V12 was featured twice, first in the 2006 "Casino Royale" and later in the 2008 sequel, "Quantum Of Solace" which stars Daniel Craig for both shows. Because the production DBS V12 was only launched this year, the one used in "Casino Royale" was just a fibreglass mock-up of the real car. It features secret compartments that houses Bond's Walther P99 pistol, an emergency medical kit which includes components of an emergency medical link to the Mi6 headquarters, antidotes to various poisons and a one-shot defibrillator. It wasn't known whether the DBS in "Quantum Of Solace" was equipped with any special features, but all that was known is that it has bulletproof bodywork and glass, as seen when Bond was being chased and shot by Mr. White's henchmen while driving to Siena, Italy. The body only suffered scratches and dents, not bullet holes.

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