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Thursday, September 17, 2015


At a recent photo-op for the new James Bond flick "Spectre," the film's director Sam Mendes unveils the new Aston Martin DB-10, which co-starred in the about to be released (November 6) thriller.
Yesterday’s Pillar to Post blog featured a glimpse of the beautiful co-stars of the new upcoming James Bond epic “Spectre” due in theatres November 6.  Yes, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux are stunning, but what about the cars?  What’s in store for car buffs, especially the latest in hero and villain wheels?

As studio stills show Aston Martin has delivered on cue its custom-made (only 10 produced) DB-10 coupe.  The classic Bondmobiles are property of EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond franchise.

Obviously, James will be behind the wheel of the sleek Aston Martin, however, it won’t be the only hot car on the set.  Filmed in Rome, the DB-10 went one-on-one with the villain’s Jaguar CX75.  Not too shabby.  Sadly, the Jag CX75 was shut down in 2013.  Try E-Bay.

Meanwhile, “Spectre” Director Sam Mendes told film media, "I love the idea of this fantastic car being in a one-on-one battle with another incredible car from Jaguar, which is similarly extraordinary," said Spectre director Sam Mendes in a statement. "So it's a cat-and-mouse game through the nighttime streets of Rome, at great speed, between two of the fastest cars in the world."

Meanwhile in Rome, here's a patented James Bond car chase scene from "Spectre" showing two of the world's fastest street machines in action, the Jaguar CX75 (left) and Aston Martin's DB-10.
Aston Martin's 50-year relationship with 007 is the foundation for several iconic Bond movie cars, including the Aston Martin DB5 in “Goldfinger.”

Alas, for purists of an All-Brit Aston Martin, the DB-10 is the last concept car to boast the existing V-8 Vantage package.  Future Aston Martin’s will be built around new Mercedes AMG engines.

007 (Sean Connery) catching a ride in a classic Ford Mustang
converible in 1965's "Thunderball."
It may be all very cozy now for James and the Aston Martin brand, but thanks to vintage paparazzi images, we’ve uncovered Sean Connery, as 007 in the 1960s “Thunderball” slinking around in the night in a Ford Mustang.  How cheeky.  And, we’ll all try to forget James driving on screen a Ford by a billboard featuring FoMoCo products.  That was when movie product placement was less subtle.  But, one must not be too catty because in the mid-1960s, the Ford Mustang was “the” hot machine of its day. Almost as hot as Martine Beswick in a beach scene promo shot from 1965’s “Thunderball.”
Spoiler alert: No Jamaican born Brit actresses were harmed during the filming of "Thunderball."

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