2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

Whenever Bond is seen in the film near to, or sitting in, a Vanquish, that car is most likely this one

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Aston Martin, James Bond’s traditionally preferred make of car, returned to secret service after a 15-year absence when Pierce Brosnan got behind the wheel of the latest V12 Vanquish for Die Another Day. No more Bimmers for Bond.

In September 2001, Aston Martin representatives met with those from EON Productions to discuss their requirements for the forthcoming Bond movie. EON needed three finished production cars to become “hero” cars; chassis numbers 172, 173 and 174 were selected to be used for the close-ups of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. All three were Tungsten Silver with charcoal leather interior and equipped with Linn stereo systems and brushed aluminum center consoles.

For the stunts and chase sequences, Aston Martin and the EON special-effects department created four Vanquishes that used standard body shells and interiors with four-wheel-drive Ford Explorer running gear and V8 engines. Of these special-effects cars, two have been destroyed and two remain the property of Aston Martin, one of which is currently serving promotional purposes. Neither can be sold or registered for road use and the Newport Pagnell firm will retain both.

The production Vanquish models had a much easier life during filming-these cars were not used for special effects. The car offered for sale here, chassis number 172, has been confirmed by EON as the main hero car. Owned by Aston Martin and never registered, it was used for most of the close-up shots. Whenever Bond is seen in the film near to, or sitting in, a Vanquish, that car is most likely 172.

Of the remaining two “hero” Vanquishes, 174 is currently owned by EON and is un-registered and has never been driven. It is unlikely that it will ever be sold. A mere bit-player in the film, 173 is scheduled for minor post-filming changes of specification and will be disposed of anonymously via the dealer network.

A detailed log of every car’s appearance was kept by the film crew and special effects co-coordinator, as is usually done for continuity; this included some scenes that never made it to the screen. Aston Martin has this record, which will be provided together with a letter of authenticity from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. This car was never fitted with any gadgets nor had any modifications, and its low mileage (less than 200) reflects the minimal driving done with this car. For all intents and purposes, it is a new Aston Martin Vanquish, but also the star of Die Another Day.

Stephen Serio

Stephen Serio - SCM Contributor

Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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