It’s 50 years since James Bond shifted gear and swapped his Silver Birch DB5 for the very latest machine in Aston Martin’s line-up, the new DBS. Introduced in 1967, the Aston Martin DBS made its cinematic debut in 1969 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the sixth James Bond film. Times were changing. At Aston Martin, the curvaceous forms of the 1960s had given way to a clean-edged, muscular design, courtesy of Sir William Towns, while up on screen, Sean Connery had handed the reins over to George Lazenby.
A half century later and DBS is once again the flagship badge for Aston Martin. To celebrate the anniversary of the name’s cinematic debut, Aston Martin is proud to announce the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition, resplendent in Olive Green paintwork to match Bond’s original on-screen car. Just 50 examples of the new car will be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon factory, blending the dynamic, brutish elegance of the new generation DBS Superleggera with a host of subtle details worthy of association with the Bond name.
Inside, the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera cockpit is finished in pure black leather with accents of grey blend Alcantara, evoking the interior of the film car. Other elements, such as stitching and storage inserts, are finished in red, inspired by the red-trimmed glovebox featured in the film car (where 007 kept his telescopic-sight rifle). Optional extras include a bespoke-designed drinks case tailored precisely for the DBS Superleggera’s boot. Finished in black with a bright metal clasp, the red felt lined case has space for two bottles of champagne and four flutes.
Externally, the Olive Green paintwork is paired with carbon fibre elements, including the splitter and aeroblade, along with a set of unique diamond-turned and forged wheels. The final touch is the bespoke metal grille with its six bright horizontal vanes, replicating the style of the original DBS. Power comes from the acclaimed 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, 715bhp engine, creating a soundtrack that could rival any Bond theme.
With dramatic good looks and dynamics to match, this special anniversary On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera proudly continues the long association between Aston Martin and James Bond.