The quartet of Aston Martins you see here are very special indeed. Not only do they represent the evolution of James Bond’s relationship with the marque over the years, but they all come together — in varying capacities — in No Time To Die, illustrating the changing dynamic of Bond’s service-issue fleet. Centre stage, naturally, is the Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5, the car that debuted in Goldfinger (1964) and has reprised its role in six more films. No Time To Die marks the DB5’s eighth Bond film and it’s fair to say that it gets star billing from the outset, with a definitive pre-credit sequence that sets the scene for what’s to come.
Aston Martin and EON have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to create a fleet of stunt car siblings that transform this valuable heritage car you see here into a true film legend. The DB5’s descendants, meanwhile, also have their decisive moments on screen. The 1980s-vintage Aston Martin V8 is a brutishly handsome throwback to an earlier age — the car debuted in 1987’s The Living Daylights and is poignantly brought out of retirement by Bond in the new film. The arrival of a new “00” agent also means a new Aston Martin and the DBS Superleggera ably fulfils that role in No Time To Die. As Aston Martin’s flagship, the DBS Superleggera is the ultimate fast GT: stylish, sophisticated and a devastating performer. Finally, there’s an elegant but unfamiliar machine making a quiet cameo. The Aston Martin Valhalla might not turn a wheel on screen, but the much-anticipated mid-engined hypercar will be a true technological marvel, a performance-bred predator that defines a new era for the brand.