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Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin Vanquish
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Pierce Brosnan posing with an Aston Martin Vanquish at a press conference
photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC

photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC
The Aston Martin Vanquish used in the film with all the usual refinements
photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC

"Now pay attention Bond... this is your Aston Martin!"

After a brief flirtation with BMW, the film industry's most enduring partnership - James Bond and Aston Martin are reunited in the 20th 007 film Die Another Day.

The Vanquish is a proper tribute to the original Aston Martin DB5 used by Sean Connery, because it's fitted with many gadgets and the silver coachwork and charcoal leather exactly match the silver DB5 first driven by 007 in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

The Aston Martin Vanquish, with license plate KE02 EWW, plays a significant role in the film. At the start of the film James Bond is introduced to the Aston Martin by Q just as he was in Goldfinger. The Aston is fitted with many gadgets, including automatic guns that popup from the bonnet cooling vents, rockets behind the grille, spikes on the tires and a passenger ejector seat. All features are very useful during the chase with a Jaguar XK-R on the frozen lakes of Iceland. The most remarkable feature is its ability to become invisible.

For Die Another Day EON Productions commissioned three production Vanquishes, chassis nos. ‘172’, ‘173’ and ‘174’ to become ‘hero’ cars for the close-ups of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. The cars had a Tungsten Silver livery with charcoal leather interiors, Linn audio systems and brushed aluminium centre consoles.

Additionally, four stunt cars were created for the high-speed chase on ice, with a special safety construction, a Ford engine, 4-wheel drive and 3-speed automatic transmission.

The Aston Martin Vanquish was a grand tourer, designed by Ian Callum and manufactured by Aston Martin. The Vanquish was unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show and was produced from June 2001 to September 2004 with the later Vanquish S being produced from September 2004 to July 2007. The Vanquish was succeeded by the DBS.

The Vanquish can also be seen in the video games James Bond 007: Nightfire and James Bond 007: Everything Or Nothing.

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i thnk this is the best astn mrtn ever produced. it would be one hell
of a lot cooler if it was twin supercharged!! overall i want the car for my own!!!!!

I think this is one of the best looking Aston's ever, aside from the DBS and my personal favorite, the V8 Vantage. Unfortunately, with this particular model, you basically compromise function for form. It's too heavy and underpowered. Don't get me wrong, it's plenty fast in a straight line, but this isn't a muscle car is it? It's a hybrid between a supercar and a sports car, just like all Astons. Unlike most Astons, this thing can't take corners very well. But what can you do, the horrible cars of the '90's must have spilled over into the early 2000's I guess.

An Aston Martin should be a Trade-Mark for a Spy like Bond in the movies. But more than this and generally: Every Gentleman with a good taste for the real beauty should own an Aston Martin. Im really looking forward.

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