Wednesday, November 26, 2008

James Bond's Rides: Aston Martin V8 Vantage

In "The Living Daylights", James Bond drives a Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Q equips the car with spike-producing tyres, jet engine booster rocket hidden behind the rear number plate for that extra speed to escape from persuers, police band scanner radio, a pair of heat-seeking missiles concealed behind the front spot lights, heads-up display (HUD) for targeting the missiles, a self-destruct system, built-in lasers on the front hubcap (the modern equivalent of the DB5's telescoping tyre-slashers but with the ability to do more than slashing tyres) and extending outriggers on the side sills to enable it to ski on snow and ice. At the beginning of the show, the car was a Volante convertible version and did not display any particular 'special features', but later it was 'winterised' with a hardtop.

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